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Holiday Fiji: “Come to Fiji”, Prime Minister Urges Russian Holidaymakers

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has urged more Russians to consider Fiji as a holiday destination at a tourism forum in Moscow attended by travel company representatives of both countries.

The gathering was organised by Rosie Holidays – which has already developed ties with the Russian market – and was attended by representatives from several prominent Fijian resorts.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said there were great opportunities to increase the number of Russians visiting Fiji. A mutual visa exemption agreement – signed between Fiji and Russia earlier in the day – meant that Russians planning their holidays no longer faced delays in obtaining a visa and could now just grab their passports and go.

The Prime Minister also urged Russian travel agents to send their clients to Fiji via Hong Kong, where their Fijian experience could begin before they reached the country on the new Fiji Airways and its state-of-the-art A 330s.

“As you’ll learn, Fiji has a host of activities to offer. We are also a growing destination for Russian super yachts. And if you want to get married or go on a honeymoon, Fiji is where you need to go, with some of the most romantic locations on earth. We are confident that once you visit us, you too will understand the truth of our phrase, – Fiji where the happiness finds you,” Prime Minister Bainimarama added.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiates at tourism event

Fijian PM Bainimarama’s Speech to Russian Tourism Representatives

Bula vinaka and a very good evening to you all.

There have been many “firsts” commemorated today. The first official visit by a Fijian Prime Minister to the Russian Federation. The first meeting of Heads of Government representing our countries. And now the first major Fijian tourism promotion for Russian travel companies.

Today, Prime Minister Medvedev and I witnessed the signing of an agreement that will make travel to Fiji much easier for Russian visitors.

From now on, visas will no longer be required for citizens of both countries wanting to visit each other, for stays of up to 90 days.

We understand that Russians generally book holidays about four weeks before they leave.  Now Russian guests to Fiji don’t need so long to plan and book, and can just grab a passport and get on a plane.

We have some very senior members of the Fijian industry here with us tonight who can cater for any special needs, and look forward to talking to you about a unique Fijian experience.

In addition to practical travel advice and information on our country, you will learn from each of the Fijian travel experts and operators tonight what makes Fiji special,  You will learn about the natural hospitality of our people and the richness of our culture.

Fijians take much pride in ensuring that our visitors are warmly welcomed to our island home.  We are confident that once you visit us, you too will understand the truth of our phrase “Fiji, where happiness finds you.”  It is more than just a glossy marketing campaign. We really do care that our visitors leave happy, no matter who they are or where they come from.

As you’ll learn tonight, Fiji has a host of activities to offer. We’re also a growing destination for Russian super yachts. And if you want to get married or go on a honeymoon, Fiji doesn’t get much better, with some of the most romantic locations on earth.

You have a number of choices to get to Fiji. The shortest option for Russian travellers to Fiji is to travel via Seoul, Korea or via Hong Kong and then direct to Fiji. If you choose Hong Kong, there’s an added bonus. Your Fijian experience can begin right there on our brand new airline, Fiji Airways, and our brand new A330 airbuses. Right away, you’ll realise why Fijians are widely regarded as some of the friendliest people on the planet.

So thank you for joining us tonight, to experience long-distance, a taste of Fiji. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

Vinaka vakalevu.  Thank you

“COME TO FIJI”, PRIME MINISTER URGES RUSSIAN HOLIDAYMAKERS

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has urged more Russians to consider Fiji as a holiday destination at a tourism forum in Moscow attended by travel company representatives of both countries.

The gathering was organised by Rosie Holidays – which has already developed ties with the Russian market – and was attended by representatives from several prominent Fijian resorts.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said there were great opportunities to increase the number of Russians visiting Fiji. A mutual visa exemption agreement – signed between Fiji and Russia earlier in the day – meant that Russians planning their holidays no longer faced delays in obtaining a visa and could now just grab their passports and go.

The Prime Minister also urged Russian travel agents to send their clients to Fiji via Hong Kong, where their Fijian experience could begin before they reached the country on the new Fiji Airways and its state-of-the-art A 330s.

“As you’ll learn, Fiji has a host of activities to offer. We are also a growing destination for Russian super yachts. And if you want to get married or go on a honeymoon, Fiji is where you need to go, with some of the most romantic locations on earth. We are confident that once you visit us, you too will understand the truth of our phrase, – Fiji where the happiness finds you,” Prime Minister Bainimarama added.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at 40th Anniversary of Mana Island Resort

Dear friends of Fiji, and My fellow Fijians.

Cola Vina/Bula Vinaka and a good morning

It’s a great pleasure for me to be in the beautiful Mamanuca’s today and especially at Mana Island to help celebrate your 40thanniversary.

Mana, of course, is among the brightest jewels in the Mamanuca’s

This is no surprise to our international guests and especially to those of you who are here for the annual Multi-Returnees Week.

You keep coming back because you discovered this secret a long time ago.

You have had an intense love affair with Mana and Mana has had a love affair with you.

It’s been mainly smooth sailing – except for the odd cyclone or flood – and both parties have remained faithful.

On behalf of every Fijian heretoday, I want to thank all the multi-returnees for being faithful to Mana and to our country.

In an economic sense, your repeat business over the years has been highly valued.

In a personal sense, the ties you have forged with our people are valued even more.

Thank you for your support. We are grateful and proud to have you as friends. Vinakavakalevu.

The thoughts of all of us here today are with those affected by the fire on Thursday that destroyed part of the Naviti Resort on the Coral Coast.

Fortunately, no-one was hurt, guests have been accommodated elsewhere and none of the staff have been laid off.

It was a big relief. But it was also an inspiration. Because once again, we saw plenty of evidence of the bonds of trust and affection between our visitorsand our Fijian hosts.

As Prime Minister, I’m especially proud -whenever disaster strikes in Fiji – that we respond properly to the needs of our international guests.

It happened in the two disastrous floods that struck our country earlier in the year. Fijian hotel workers put the safety and security of their guests before their own needs.

We heard countless stories in the overseas media from ordinary holidaymakers about how well they’d been looked after, sometimes by workers who’d lost everything themselves.And it happened again at Naviti Resort on Thursday.

The resort was burning but visitors said they’d been greeted with a “Bula” and escorted to safety with confidence, competence and a minimum of fuss.

I’m even more proud that some of these visitors pitched in to help fight the fire and salvage peoples’ valuables and the hotel’s fittings and fixtures. They could have stood there watching it all burn but they disregarded their own safety and dived in to assist.

There is no better example of the bonds of affection between ordinary Fijians and our international visitors. There is no better reason why visitors keep coming back. Because we are more than just service providers. We are true comrades. We are genuine friends.

To the Mana Island Board of Directors, General Manager Masao Tanaka and his staff, vinaka vakalevu for this wonderful occasion.

Vinakavaklevu also to the Turaga na TUI LAWA, the TAUKEI NABUKELEVU for your traditional welcoming ceremony.

I also want to pay tribute to the Japanese board, management and staff of Mana for their wonderful effort.  – Arigato….thank you.

I want to assure you all that we are building a solid foundation for the future – a new and better Fiji.

And we are certain that it will be the bedrock of a better economy, with more jobs, more prosperity and a brighter future for everyone.

We are turning our backs on the divisions and instability of the past. We are forging One Nation in which all Fijians have an equal stake and which provides a viable and stable future for our children.

I make no apologies for this because a just, modern and vibrant Fiji is the only true way forward.

We have had to take some tough decisions and have sometimes paid a high price for pursuing our vision.

Some of our neighbours – at government level and in the unions – haven’t understood, or don’t want to understand,have spread misinformation and have tried to punish Fiji.

But the ordinary men and women of Australia, the US, China, Canada, India, Europe, New Zealand and Japan have seen through this agenda and have continued to engage with us, to support us.

They visit us. They talk to us. They examine the issues. They take the trouble to understand.

Despite what happens by certain governments at the political level, the bonds between our peoples – and ordinary people the world over – can never be broken.

Yes, today we celebrate 40 years of the Mana Resort and Spa. But it is your loyalty, your trust and your friendship that is the real cause for celebration as Mana enters its fifth decade.

How wonderful that over 40 years, “Isa Lei” has been sung almost every day as visitors leave this place. How wonderful that in friendship and the spirit of Isa lei, those visitors keep coming back.

Today is truly a day for celebration. And so it is with the greatest pleasure that I declare open the celebration of the 40thAnniversary of Mana Island Resort…and of the Multi Returnee’s Week .

Vinaka Vakalevu again and enjoy the rest of the day.