Bookings have been strong and immediate since Fiji announced it is opening to international tourism in December Bookings have been strong and immediate since Fiji announced it is opening to international tourism in December

Optimism high in Fijian tourism industry

After the recent announcement of Fiji’s borders opening on 1 December, hotel and resort bookings have soared.

The industry has seen tremendous momentum and record bookings, predominantly from families looking for a reunion, couples wanting to escape and groups looking to celebrate missed milestones.

While Kiwis are encouraged to plan their trips in 2022 due to current NZ border restrictions, and those travelling will need to follow requirements, it’s given the tourism industry hope. Prior to the pandemic hitting, the average length of stay in Fiji was between five and seven days. Since the announcement, resorts and hotels are seeing a significant increase in this, with guests looking to stay between seven and 10 nights.

‘The numbers we’re seeing from airlines, hotels and retailers is more than we could have predicted but indicates the pent-up demand for travel after such a long time,’ says Brent Hill, Tourism Fiji CEO.

VOMO Island Fiji reports being ‘flat-out’, with hundreds of enquiries in just 24-hours after the announcement. The island resort is booked out for the 2021 Christmas and New Year period, Easter 2022 as well as the July and September school holidays next year.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island has been inundated with over 1,000 enquiries in the past week with a particularly strong interest for Christmas and New Year bookings from the Australian and USA markets.

Fiji Gateway Hotel (Raffe Hotels) says the buzz and activity around borders opening have been instantaneous and they had seen a substantial increase in enquiries and bookings.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has seen strong demand for bookings in late December. The resort has taken a large number of bookings from Australians and New Zealanders

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Strong uptake for FJ

Fiji Airways, which has its first flight to Fiji for international travellers on 1 December, reports thousands of bookings in the past week. While New Zealand is still limited with border restrictions and requirements upon return, the airline expects bookings from the country to pick up in time.

‘We’ve always said that when Kiwis are ready to travel, their Fijian whanau will be waiting for them. We will adjust our schedules should some destinations not be ready or open by the December,’
FJ says in a recent statement.

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