6 May 2013

Union's Fiji tourism campaign labelled 'selfish and irresponsible'

2:39 pm on 6 May 2013

Fiji's Tourism Minister says the international campaign by trade unions to raise awareness among tourists about the country's political situation will hurt families who depend on the industry for a living.

The Fiji Sun reports Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum accusing the unions of showing a disdain for ordinary Fijians by misrepresenting the situation in the country.

He says tourism is vital to the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and any boycott is selfish and irresponsible.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also says he doesn't think the campaign will have any effect on visitor arrivals in the country.

But the Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions in New Zealand, Peter Conway, says the campaign is alerting travellers about the poor situation many workers in Fiji face.