26 Feb 2013

Some Fiji resorts yet to re-open after Evan devastation

1:03 pm on 26 February 2013

Some of Fiji's resorts are still to re-open after the devastating Cyclone Evan, which hit last December.

The cyclone claimed no lives, but threatened livelihoods of resort employees, many of whom were sent home without work.

Castaway Island Resort in the Mamanuca island group sustained serious damage to its traditional thatched bures and had to close over the Christmas peak period.

Its sales and marketing manager Karen Marvell says while other resorts laid off staff, Castaway made the decision to offer different tasks to staff and kept everyone employed.

"They were given new job descriptions and they were to help with gardening with repainting bures and the staff are a fantastic assistance in that regard, and they are very happy to, instead of serving tables, to turn around and work in the great outdoors for a few months."

Karen Marvell says Castaway Island Resort is on track for re-opening at the end of March.