2 Jul 2004

Tourism stakeholders in Fiji move to allay fears of Chinese

10:39 am on 2 July 2004

Tourism stakeholders in Fiji are moving to allay fears that an influx of Chinese tourists will lead to a breakdown in law and order.

This follows the recent US$600 million drug bust and a large number of murders involving Asians.

This week China gave Fiji its Approved Destination Status, meaning tourists from the country can visit Fiji with the official approval of the Beijing government.

The chief executive of the Fiji Hotel Association, Olivia Pareti, told Radio Fiji that Asians involved in crime are only a small minority and the authorities are dealing with them.

The chief executive of the Fiji Visitors Bureau, Bill Gavoka, says they've been comparing notes with China, which hosts 400,000 Chinese visitors a year and found that less than one per cent breach immigration and other laws.