1 Nov 2002

New Zealand-Fiji aid project wins top tourism award

11:40 am on 1 November 2002

A New Zealand supported conservation and ecotourism project in Fiji has won a major international tourism prize.

The Bouma National Heritage Park project has taken first place in the Protected Area and Natural Parks category of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and is in the running for the overall prize, the winner of which is to be announced later this month.

The Bouma project is funded by the New Zealand government's international development agency, NZAID and managed through Wellington-based Tourism Resource Consultants LTD.

The Heritage Park is owned and managed by four villages which jointly benefit from the estimated 5-thousand tourists who each year visit the area's bush, waterfalls and scenic coastline.