8 Jul 2009

Fiji Tourism seeing slight improvements in industry

12:35 pm on 8 July 2009

The head of Fiji Tourism says the industry is experiencing slight improvements compared with the first three months of the year.

The Chief Executive of Fiji Tourism, Josefa Tuamoto, says the tourism industry has been suffering because got bad press after extensive flooding at the beginning of the year.

Mr Tuamoto says the on-set of cold weather in Australia and New Zealand has prompted positive visitor numbers but there are challenges such as swine flu and high fuel costs keeping people from travelling.

"The global economic situation has had quite a dramatic impact on tourism here. Basically, if you look in New Zealand, people are, whether they want to travel, does not necessarily have to be Fiji but outbound travel. And likewise in Australia. So these are challenges that we as an island nation have to face and deal with."

Josefa Tuamoto says Tourism Fiji remains positive it can make up for losses experienced at the start of the year.