Tourism minister urges Fijians to regard Fiji as precious destination
SUVA, Fiji - Tourism Fiji has taken onboard the initiative to promote the tourism industry as Green Fiji.
SUVA, Fiji – Tourism Fiji has taken onboard the initiative to promote the tourism industry as Green Fiji.
Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya called on all Fijians to regard Fiji as a precious destination.
This is in line with Government’s initiative which was launched earlier this year, the green growth framework for Fiji.
Mr Koya made the comments at the final day of the 2015 Fijian Tourism Expo at Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island yesterday.
“Reducing our carbon footprints by ensuring new developments are more environmentally friendly – a new integrated approach whereby all stakeholders collectively work together for a common good.”
He said strengthening social cultural education for environmental stewardship and civic responsibility was also important.
A number of local tourism operators have already embarked on initiatives to mitigate the issues of climate change.
“Fiji has sterling examples of industry partners who have been conscious of the fragile nature of Fiji’s natural environment and have already put environmental best practices in place to ensure its sustainability.”
Mr Koya gave the following examples.
Talanoa Treks works with the communities, promote the natural environment, minimize carbon footprint, practicing the 3R concept and incorporating into conservation guide training.
Mamanuca Environment Society works in the field of protecting the marine and terrestrial resources and creating awareness for a sustainable tourism.
Nukubati Island Resort has done it all from clean solar power to the sourcing of sustainable food and produce and community education which does not undermine the beautiful marine environment that sits around.