21 May 2007

Fiji tourism sector again pleads with interim government to remove emergency regulations

6:15 am on 21 May 2007

The Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association is pleading with the interim government to remove the public safety regulation which, it says, is holding the industry back.

The association's president, Dixon Seeto, said until the regulation was lifted, foreign governments would not lift travel advisories telling their citizens that Fiji was an unstable and unsafe destination.

He told the Fiji Times that while the governments of Australia and New Zealand have acknowledged that significant progress has been made since December 5, they were still hesitant of softening the travel advisories because of the public emergency regulations.

Mr Seeto said this issue was also raised during the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange in Nadi last week.

He said despite a lot of interest in Fiji, many travel agents had raised their concerns over the travel advisories.