28 Oct 2003

Fiji records a fall in crimes against tourists

6:53 pm on 28 October 2003

Fiji police say crimes against tourists have declined by 40 per cent in the last seven months compared with the same period last year.

This is despite two separate incidents last weekend in which a tourist was robbed of thousands of dollars and another was sexually assaulted by a local musician.

The Fiji Times quotes the police spokesman, Mesake Koroi, as saying most of the crimes against tourists involve robbery with violence, larceny from persons and sexual offences.

The Fiji Visitors Bureau has pleaded with people to respect tourists holidaying in the country because they are Fiji's largest source of earnings.

The chief executive of the Fiji Hotel association, Olivia Pareti, says everyone should work together to stop such offences from happening.