Resort managers and tourism operators in Fiji are concerned recent Queensland flooding has affected the country’s tourism.
Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa general manager Michael Monks said flooding could reduce the number of people visiting Fiji, with up to 65 percent of Fiji’s tourists visiting from Australia, FBC Radio reported.
“I’m personally a little concerned about what’s happening in Australia in terms of Queensland, in terms of the damages which has been caused there,” Mr Monks said.
“We are in a dangerous situation… I have 80 percent of my guests coming from Australia.”
With Australian visitors ranking among the top of Fiji’s tourism arrival figures, Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the country is working on diversifying its market,
“If it is going to have an impact we need to make sure that our source markets are diverse and varied, because an event for example like the floods in Queensland can have a major impact,” he said.
“We must ensure we don’t become solely dependent or become handicapped by that.“We must have diversified source markets.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J