5 Sep 2006

Fiji's hoteliers want valuing of traditional assets ahead of qoliqoli bill becoming law

7:48 pm on 5 September 2006

Fiji's Tourism and Hotel Association says it wants work done to value traditional assets before the controversial Qoliqoli or Foreshore bill is brought into force.

Dick Smith, who is the chairman of the association's proprietary rights committee, says one difficulty is to make sure all the values placed on Qoliqoli conform with each other.

He says to try to resolve this they have approached the University of the South Pacific and asked the facility of Islands and Oceans to work out a method to pay the community.

"and they've just agreed to do that, we can'tr fund it because it's our document, but the EU has just agreed to fund that."

Dick Smith of Fiji's Tourism and Hotel Association