CAPTION: Seen during the re-opening of Castaway Island Resort from left are Tourism Permanent Secretary Elizabeth Powell, Minister for Tourism and chief guest Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Castaway Island Resort CEO Geoffrey Shaw and Tourism Fiji CEO Rick Hamilton. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

Government today commended the swift rehabilitation works undertaken at the Castaway Resort following damages sustained during Hurricane Evan.

Highlighting the importance of the tourism industry to Fiji’s economy, the Attorney General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum lauded the works undertaken at the resort.

The resort’s chief executive officer and chairman Mr Geoffrey Shaw pointed out that the resilience of staff to see the resort restored contributed heavily to the completion of rehab works.

“Their dedication to their resort and island home, their spirit, their generosity of nature, camaraderie and sheer determination, enabled the outcome that you see before you today from what seemed an impossible starting position three and a half months previously,” Mr Shaw said.

He said that both management and staff were dedicated to ensuring that the resort opened on time.

“On December 17 last year, we made a commitment to reopen  Castaway by the end of March 2013. Today, we celebrate the reopening of our private island resort, on time, as promise,” Mr Shaw said.

The resort which is in the Mamanuca Group sustained significant damages following Hurricane Evan in 2012.


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