5th March 2019
Tourism is Fiji's largest industry earning over F$500 million in foreign exchange per year. With tourism growing at a rate of 10-12% per year, this is having an amazing impact on the development of the nations economy.
The Australian Bureau of Statics has revealed that over 63,000 people visited Fiji in January 2019, which is 1.9 per cent up on previous years tourism.
As Fiji relies so heavily on its tourism, it is important for the visitors to receive the best service and holiday experience to encourage a return visit.
Thus, it is important that staff within the tourism sector are highly trained and qualified to exceed the expectations of visitors and guests.
Thanks to a partnership with TAFE New South Wales, Australia and The Fiji Government, Fiji residents can obtain a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management by studying in Fiji.
The course is delivered locally and recognised internationally. Completion of the course will pave the way for students working in the travel and tourism industry and provide unparalleled career opportunities.
Guest Services Manager of the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Salote Naisua is passionate about Fiji's tourism industry and is encouraging more people to join her.
"Tourism has grown tremendously with more hotels and resorts," she said.
"Tourism is now the back bone of the economy and is a clear indication of how the industry has grown.
"I have no regrets joining the tourism industry and it is the best choice I have ever made," Ms Naisua said.
Ms Naisua stated that the tourism industry has gone through many changes over the years and she is grateful for the opportunities it has provided her.
"Today it is important for industry workers to recognise the challenges they face, considering the amount of competition for the tourist dollar both in the region and around the world.
"We must value the choice that visitors make to come to Fiji and assure they leave with an unforgettable experience.
"My work has made me meet a lot of people from different countries and while learning their culture broaden my knowledge on how I see things," said Ms Naisua.