Published on : Tuesday, December 17, 2013
His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji officially reopened Treasure Island resort and shared his pleasure with all those present in this most beautiful part of Fiji.
He said that as he looked around it is almost impossible to imagine that just 12 short months ago, such was the damage caused here by Cyclone Evan – one of our least desirable international visitors in recent times – that it forced Treasure Island Resort and, indeed, many other resorts in the Mamanuca Islands, to completely shut down their operations and begin the lengthy task of rebuilding.
He took the liberty of quoting the Prime Minister in his address to the nation shortly after Cyclone Evan struck the islands last December. He remarked that these devastating events when they take place should not to be treated as defeats. But rather as a setback in our normal day to day lives.
He commended all the residents of Treasure Island and all residents of Fiji at large for demonstrating their strength. Also he applauded them for putting their lives back in track and getting on with their normal day to day work.
He indicated the role of the government and its importance of this country continuing to attract international visitors to the shores as revealed in the 2014 budget, where Tourism Fiji has again received $23.5 million to fund the cost of marketing Fiji abroad.
The recent rebranding of the organization under the slogan “Fiji: where happiness finds you” and our national airline as “Fiji airways,” is expected to further boost the performance of the tourism industry, And play an important pivotal role in ensuring its place as Fiji’s number one foreign exchange earner.
From a micro perspective, Treasure Island resort has played a key role in assisting the Fiji government in achieving its objectives. Treasure Island resort is very unique in that it is the only significant resort in Fiji which is 50 per cent owned by the traditional landowners, the Tokatoka Nakelo of the Vanua of Vuda.
The traditional owners, management and staff of this iconic resort, both past and present, are to be commended for their invaluable contribution to Fiji’s tourism and for the role they have played, and will continue to play, in helping the government achieve its objectives. And in doing so, ensuring this vital sector continues to remain a pillar of our economic strength to the benefit of all Fijians in the years ahead.