The tourism industry in Fiji has quickly returned to normal business as the country heads towards the Easter weekend.
Local media on Wednesday quoted the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association as confirming that most major resorts and hotels have resumed full operations to welcome international guests.
Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Elizabeth Powell said everyone knows Fiji is extremely resilient and once storms pass, it’s back to normal in a matter of days.
National carrier Air Pacific and other major airlines have resumed normal flights as well.
Tourism Fiji also noted that while the recent weather placed much strain on local tourism operations over the weekend, all visitors to Fiji remained safe.
The state-run company always looks forward to an influx of families with school children from New Zealand and Australia during the school holidays and the Easter break.
Sugar exports, remittances from Fijians working abroad, and a growing tourist industry – with 400,000 to 500,000 tourists annually – are the major earning sources of the island nation.
In 2011 Australia and New Zealand tourist and holiday bookings were noted to be higher than previous years but this cannot be said for 2012.
Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum has called on media in the island nation to stop sensationalizing on the flood disaster that has wreaked havoc in the country and report only the facts.