19 Feb 2007

Fiji hoteliers say bookings still low

5:15 pm on 19 February 2007

Fiji's Hoteliers Association says the country's tourism industry is not back on track despite heavy marketing.

Price cuts of up to 40 percent on packages have lured many tourists from New Zealand and Australia back to the country, despite their government's warnings against travelling there due to last year's coup.

The association's president, Dixon Seeto, says the country has still a long way to go.

"The truth of the matter is that we are still experiencing depressed visitor arrivals. It is still below last year and last year is not a good comparison anyway. Even to that depressed level we are still below what that mark is. 14"

Dixon Seeto says although airtravel to Fiji has risen, hotel occupancy is still low.