15 Jun 2006

Chairman of Fiji's Tourism Exchange may fall short target

10:17 am on 15 June 2006

A leading figure in Fiji's visitor industry is predicting that tourism is likely to fail to become a 600-million US dollar industry by the end of next year.

The Fiji Times reports that the chairman of the Fiji Tourism Exchange David Voss, is blaming huge criticisms and negative publicity generated prior to the general election.

But the chief executive of the Fiji Visitors Bureau, Bill Gavoka, remains optimistic the 600-million US dollar target can be achieved by attracting 610,000 tourists in 2007.

Last year tourism earned Fiji 480-million US dollars from 521-thousand tourists.