EMPLOYMENT opportunities for more than 1000 Fijians will be created within the tourism and construction sector in the coming months.

This follows confirmation that three new hotels are earmarked for the Rakiraki coast in the Western Division.

In the final stages of planning with a total investment value of more than $20million the hotels are to be constructed along the Volivoli Secular Road in Rakiraki.

This road leads to Wananavu Beach Resort, Nananu – i – Ra and Volivoli Beach Resort.

Assistant district officer Rakiraki Pio Loco said one hotel was an investment by a Fijian company worth $5m.

“This is the economic hub of Rakiraki and the opportunity will provide employment opportunities for Fijians over the next 24 to 36 months.”

Tourism statistics reveal that tourist arrivals were around 397,860 in 2002 and in the following 10-year period the arrivals reached 660,590 in 2012 with an annual growth of around 6.3 per cent.

“Asia, led by China is now emerging as a new vibrant source. China, has been contributing greater share: four per cent in 2012, which is up from zero per cent in 2007,” said Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.

Commander Cawaki said Fiji needs to be ready for an influx of visitors on the back of a remarkable turnaround in the economy.

However, Fiji is yet to find its true potential and we are certainly in the right direction. ”In line with these developments the Nadi International Airport is undergoing a multimillion dollar facelift to accommodate the demand of increasing visitors each year.

Airports Fiji Limited chairman Faiz Khan said accessibility to Fiji had always been a priority and the increase in space at the largest gateway will certainly boost efficiency.

“Eight airlines now fly to Fiji, compared to two in 2007,” Mr Khan said.

“Aside from air accessibility, the primary factor contributing to growth in tourism is the infrastructure developed over last seven years to underpin government’s focus in better infrastructure and services not only for visitors but also Fijians.

“All of these are due to investor friendly policies pursued by the Government.”



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