15 Jun 2007

Fiji tourism sector fears NZ expulsion backlash

3:37 pm on 15 June 2007

Fiji's Visitors Bureau says the expulsion of the New Zealand high commissioner might do serious harm to Fiji's tourism industry.

New Zealand is now assessing its next steps and is reviewing its travel advisory which rates Fiji in the same risk category as Tonga, Britain and Spain.

The Visitors Bureau's chief executive officer, Bill Gavoka, says the new developments are troublesome.

"We are very concerned. New Zealand is Fiji's second biggest tourism market. We really would like to see this relationship to be brought back on an even cue, because there is so much at stake, especially for tourism."

Bill Gavoka however stresses that Fiji is still safe for visitors.