1 Aug 2005

Fiji tourism bureau rejects Australian travel advisory which cites political tension

4:06 pm on 1 August 2005

Fiji's tourist authority rejects Australian assertions there is political tension in the country.

The department of foreign affairs in Canberra travel advisory states 'tensions have arisen around the controversial Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill relating to the coup in Fiji in 2000'.

The chief executive of Fiji's Tourism Bureau, Bill Gavoka, says people wanting to visit should ignore media reports a fourth coup could be imminent.

Hundreds of New Zealanders cancelled Fiji holidays after a Television New Zealand report last week.

Mr Gavoka says the reality is everything's under control.

"There is no political tension. There is some very robust discussions surrounding the Bill. It is all part of democracy, so really there is no political tension as such that people would suggest to be similar to the coup in 2000 and '87."