28 Oct 2002

Fiji tourism leaders discuss security in wake of Bali bombing

9:05 am on 28 October 2002

Moves are underway in Fiji to boost security for the country's vital tourist industry in the wake of the Bali bombing.

A meeting of executives from tourism-related businesses and Airports Fiji Ltd, met with senior police officials at the weekend to set up a combined law enforcement tourism security group.

The police commissioner, Isikia Savua, said while in the past terrorist acts took place far from the South Pacific, the Bali attack has brought terrorism into the region.

Col Savua said the South Pacific can no longer afford to be complacent because terrorism has proven it has no boundaries and Fiji must be ready for any eventuality.

The chief executive of the Fiji Visitor Bureau, Bill Gavoka, said the primary concern of visitors today is the safety and security of a destination.

Tourism is Fiji's biggest income earner and suffered disastrously after the coups in 1987 and in 2000.