Published on : Saturday, July 15, 2017
The 2017-2018 National Budget addresses a number of issues related to the tourism industry and the government is stressing to plan out how to develop Fiji as the best tourism destination.
According to the Government of Fiji, the economic well being of the country is important and here the tourism is the secondary sector after Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Indonesia and Mauritius. The employment of Fijians is the primary concern to the Government of Fiji.
In the last seven years, the tourism industry has enjoyed strong and continuous growth, even in 2016, when the disruption related the Tropical Cyclone Winston could have been expected to seriously impact the growth of the industry.
Fiji will develop itself in South Pacific tourism and will compete with other countries which are offering the beach tourism. As the largest industry in the country and the largest employer of Fijians, tourism is a serious industry for the wellbeing and lifestyle of Fiji population. Last year the tourism industry delivered around forty percent of the annual GDP for Fiji.
Over the past few years, Fiji saw the huge surge in tourism. It is because, from tourism, Fijians will have a direct income. Over the last two years, there has been an unbelievable heave in new construction of different types of tourism plants, with the establishment of large luxury hotels and resorts and now the Government of Fiji is planning to bring new famous international tourism brands into the local market, which will cause a direct investment. These are well known and respected international brands but the actual possessions of the property remain in the hands of local investors, which will help in gaining the Fiji economy, providing, even more, employment opportunities for Fiji workers.
The boosting in the hotel and resort numbers will also allow good growth in the conference and the MICE tourism industry along with the leisure tourism. There is a good possibility to surge in the business but restrained due to the lack of enough site for the establishment.