Tourism Fiji responds to queries

first_imgIncreased taxes in the tourism sector has had no impact on visitor arrivals into the country, says Tourism Fiji CEO Matthew Stoeckel.He made the comment at the 2018 Fiji Australia Business Forum in response to questions raised by Alison Haworth-West, executive director Captain Cook Cruises.Mrs Haworth-West had asked Mr Stoeckel whether there was statistically backed-up research on the effect of increased taxes on guest arrivals into Fiji.She also queried if there were plans to increase flights into Fiji. In response, Mr Stoeckel said statistics proved that taxes had not affected tourism arrivals figures.“I don’t think I go to a forum like this where airlift and taxes do not get raised,” he said.“I shared our performance over the last couple of years and you can see that our performance in terms of visitor arrivals is at a growth that is beyond what our long-term growth has been, so we are still continuing to perform despite any decisions that have been made on taxation.”Mr Stoeckel — while delivering a presentation on ‘Impediments and Opportunities For Tourism’ — said Fiji received 842,000 tourists in 2017 and would improve on that in 2018.“The fi gures I also showed — that’s just visitor arrivals, that’s just one part of the equation.“The more important part is not how many people come but how much they spend and that’s also increasing exponentially over the last couple of years.“I appreciate the comment on taxes and as an agency we track our affordability very closely, we monitor the cost of a holiday to Fiji versus our competitors and we consider that in our marketing and promotional activities.”A number of participants at the forum raised concerns about how 25 per cent in taxes was affecting the tourism sector.The post Tourism Fiji responds to queries appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more