Film Fiji,Fiji Airways and TourismFiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU)on January 9,for the promotion Fijians film destination to overseas based production houses for filming of Hollywood,Bollywood And Other international productions.
?The MOU signed by Fiji Airways Managing Director&CEO and Tourism Fiji Chairman, Stefan Pichler,and by Film Fiji CEO,Dallas Foon,will see a coordinated approach by these organisations in bringing to Fiji new opportunities for film production.
?Film Fiji CEO,Dallas Foon,said ?We are very pleased to partner with Fiji Airways and TourismFiji in a cooperative effort to promote Fiji.?
?Film ?production and tourism go hand in hand. ?Successful International movie always results in a marked increase in tour is mto that location from fans.For example,the successful Bollywood Film?Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara?,shot in Spain in?2011,saw an increase of 32%in Indian tourist arrivals to the country almost overnight.We want to do the same for Fiji.?
We are very?happy to work with Film Fiji in bringing production?to Fiji. ?Ultimately,tourism will be the big winner here if a major production is shot in Fiji, hence,it makes absolute sense to partner with Film Fiji for this.?said?Stefan Pichler.
?We had already been working together over the past year in promoting Fiji as a film destination and this MOU brings some structure to our earlier efforts together.
?Aswell, this partnership fits perfectly into the plans of the expanding Fiji Airways fleet and with the extra tourism expected,Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji will be in good position to provide the required capacity.
??So, exciting times ahead for Fiji for film and tourism.?
In2014,FilmFijiissued52approvalstoproductionsrangingfromsmallbudgetsto thoseover $10million.Mostofthese productionsflewFiji Airways tocome toFiji.