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Tourism Fiji has announced Mr Matthew Stoeckel as its Chief Executive Officer, confirmed by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT), Honourable Faiyaz Koya and the Permanent Secretary for Tourism, Mr Shaheen Ali at a press conference at Tourism Fiji’s Head Office in Nadi.

Stoeckel brings a wealth of experience to the long-anticipated role, having held senior positions in a number of Australian tourism consultancy firms and destination marketing entities. He is also no stranger to Fiji, having consulted with MITT on the Fiji Tourism Development Plan 2014-2020.

Stoeckel role will officially begin at the National Tourist Office in the coming weeks and more details will follow once he joins the team in Nadi.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways, Mr Andre Viljoen was also formally welcomed as the new Chairman of Tourism Fiji. Mr Viljoen’s appointment was announced to Tourism Fiji’s Board of Directors at their Board Meeting on Thursday, 9 June.

He replaces Tourism Fiji’s outgoing Executive Chairman, Mr Truman Bradley who assumed the role in May 2015. Mr Bradley will now focus on his role as the Chairman of Investments Fiji.

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“As we pave our way to economic recovery, we are presented with opportunities that ensure a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive Fijian tourism industry. We’ve set ourselves targets with robust strategies that will see to our rebound. That’s why our Corporate Plan is vital, as it acts as a roadmap for the tourism sector to collectively achieve our objectives and goals over the next two years.”

“Tourism is the backbone of Fiji’s economy and at the very heart of who we are – we’re hospitable, proud of our cultural diversity and happy to host tourists from around the world and show them our beautiful islands. After the devastating effects of Covid-19 and associated shocks, it was a special moment as Fiji reopened our borders to the world from December 1, 2021. Looking forward, we now have momentum and optimism, opening markets once again and reestablishing Fiji into the minds of global tourists.

“Tourism Fiji is committed to the sustainable recovery of Fiji’s tourism industry, and together with our industry partners, we have started well on our journey. Our Corporate Plan sets out our key Strategic Priorities, and the measures that will demonstrate our progress towards our goals. I’m particularly proud of the resilience of the team and our industry, to come together to reopen Fiji. Now, we aim to build forward towards our goals, in a manner that will grow Fijian tourism sustainably – providing a future for hundreds of thousands of Fijians, and putting a smile on tourists’ faces as they enjoy a place where happiness comes naturally.”  

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Pacific Tourism Organisation Welcomes Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Tourism

Pacific Tourism Organisation Welcomes Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Tourism

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SPTO CEO and Managers with Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ms. Salaseini Daunabuna

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) was pleased to host Fiji’s newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ms. Salaseini Daunabuna, at its Suva office on Wednesday 22nd February.

Ms. Daunabuna met with SPTO CEO Christopher Cocker, Ms. Christina Leala Gale (Manager Sustainable Tourism) and Ms. Tahitia Kamea (Manager Executive & Special Projects).

The SPTO team provided Ms. Daunabuna with an overview of regional tourism and the work of SPTO, including a geo park development initiative from which Fiji stands to benefit along with Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Samoa. The SPTO CEO also took the opportunity to update Ms. Daunabuna on the upcoming SPTO meetings and South Pacific Tourism Exchange, all of which are to be convened in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 10th – 13th May. Mr. Cocker noted that as a leading destination in the region Fiji has an important role to play in helping SPTO fulfil its region- wide tourism mandate.

“We look forward to working closely with Fiji’s Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Fiji to ensure that our industry continues to be a driver of social inclusion, widespread economic prosperity and community well-being. SPTO has long enjoyed a strong relationship with Fiji and we remain committed to building on that partnership to add value to our industry, for the benefit of tourism’s many stakeholders”.

In acknowledging the importance of the visit and increasing her awareness of SPTO and regional tourism developments Ms. Daunabuna noted that the Fiji government is committed to strengthening regional engagement.

“The Ministry is fully supportive of SPTO’s mandate and the ways in which Fiji can contribute to that work, for the benefit of the organisation’s diverse membership and stakeholders throughout our Blue Pacific”, she said.

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