28 Sep 2007

Fiji tourist industry reports improved visitor numbers

9:34 am on 28 September 2007

Fiji's critical tourism industry is reported to be bouncing back after earlier reports of declines in visitor numbers.

The Daily Post reports that most major hotels in the Nadi area and on the Coral Coast have attracted full houses for the last few days.

These include the Warwick Fiji, the Naviti Resort, the Outrigger on the Lagoon, the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort on Yanuca island, and the Sheraton chain on Denarau Island near Nadi.

A spokesperson for the Outrigger on the Lagoon, is quoted as saying almost all the major hotels have full occupancy because of the high number of arrivals from Australia and New Zealand.

The Warwick Fiji's sales manager told Radio Legend this morning that they have had a 100% occupancy rate for the past few months despite the political situation.

Navitalai Gagalia says the hotel's 250 rooms have been oversold for the next month as well.

Meanwhile, the ministry of tourism has revealed that this year alone 30 more hotels have been completed with a total of 332 hotels now operating across Fiji.