Stakeholders in Fiji’s tourism sector have been urged to work together to assist in developing Fiji’s socio economic sector.
The comments were made by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Koya, at the annual Sigatoka Bilibili race yesterday. In commending the event, the Minister highlighted that events such as this one demonstrate the level of working relationship between stakeholders in Fiji’s tourism sector.
Minister Koya said government would continue to work with the tourism stakeholders to realise the full potential of the tourism industry towards Fiji’s overall development.
He said participants at the event not only displayed teamwork and good sportsmanship but also contributed to the Fijian Government’s plans to prevent and reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Fiji.
“The happiness I see in all your faces authenticates the Fijian brand, ” Where happiness finds you”. It is the people of Fiji and the Fijian hospitality that encourages more and more visitors to return to our shores,” Minister Koya said.
“The bilibili race epitomes what Fiji is – a nation that works together to achieve growth for our future generations – a nation for everyone – a nation where everyone is equal.”
Employees from the hotel industry, National Fire Authority, Sigatoka District Hospital, police officers, Sigatoka Town Council, the University of the South Pacific and members of the public came out in numbers to support the day-long event at the Sigatoka riverside.
A total of 19 events, including relay race, kayaking, waiters relay and bilibili race were part of the Fiji Day fun programme.
The Sigatoka Bilibili Race has been running for 31 years now.