Tropica Island Resort will temporarily close for international arrivals until 31 March 2021 and will reopen on 1 April 2021.
Wayne Deed, director of sales and marketing, says the decision was made in light of it looking extremely unlikely that Fiji will be open any time over the next few months.
Fiji is in the early stages of discussions with New Zealand and Australia to become part of a trans Tasman travel bubble and needs to use the current time to prepare to welcome visitors back to a safe and attractive destination, according to Fayaz Siddiq Koya, the country’s Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport.
In a webinar to local industry last week, Koya said the possibility of inclusion in the ‘bubble’ has caused excitement in the destination. ‘But I should warn you we are at the very early stages. There are still many things
Turama Pacific Travel Group has launched a Premium Collection, highlighting high end product and new exclusive travel experiences.
Robert Skews, managing director, says the collection reintroduces The Coral Route Experience for modern day travellers, utilising Air Rarotonga’s Pacific private jet.
Melanie Nicol has been appointed sales manager New Zealand for Matamanoa Island, Fiji commencing in May.
Blue Lagoon Cruises’ ship, the M.V. Fiji Princess, sailed from Port Denarau late last week with an entirely new look following an extensive three-week refurbishment.
Improvements include new contemporary deck furniture, high-quality tiled flooring and refreshed cabinetry and joinery in public areas and more items added to the boutique.
The 34 Hibiscus and Orchid cabins on board Fiji Princess have also had a makeover, with new bed runners, pillow and ottoman covers, lampshades and air-conditioning units.
Awesome Adventures Fiji has launched three new short tours ideal for travellers basing themselves on the mainland as part of its new programme for 2019-2020.
Castaway Island, Fiji was named Property of the Year at the annual Outrigger Resorts’ global Po‘okela Awards held recently in Hawaii.
Fiji’s small, independent hotels are reminding agents they still have plenty to offer clients who are not necessarily looking for high end resort accommodation.
Theresa Singh, general manager Fiji Independent Travellers & Backpackers Association, says the organisation’s aim is to ‘reintroduce all of the little forgotten three-star properties’ in Fiji.
Singh says association members include Nadi Bay Resort, Smugglers Cove, Ratu Kini Dive Resort, The Beach House, Bounty Island, Uprising Beach Resort and more.
‘The majority are a combination of backpackers combined with private suites and sometimes apartments. They appeal to independent travellers who want good service without having to spend a lot on their accommodation. The guests also get an authentic Fijian experience.’
Singh says the ‘traditional’ style of backpacker accommodation still exists on a small scale in Fiji, with many properties looking to convert dormitories into private ensuite rooms.
‘In saying that, we get volunteer and school groups plus university students who still want that backpacker experience.’ She says all members are commissionable and are encouraged to engage with both the online and traditional trade.
‘On the other hand we are telling the trade that while we may not be big luxury properties, we are definitely offering genuine service and a real local experience.’
The development of 14 new villas with private pools at First Landing Resort and Villas is already generating plenty of interest amongst travel wholesalers, says resort manager Amanda Braddock.
The increased inventory will come on line late this year and include six one-bedroom garden, six two-bedroom ocean view, a three-bedroom and a duplex. Braddock says all will have full swimming pools –‘not just a little plunge pool’.