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Fiji’s Attorney-General: Need for travel grows more urgent by the day

The economic urgency of adapting travel-related industries to the new normal is growing by the day, says Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum. ‘As many of our major development partners see success at containing the virus, Fiji is actively seeking to re-establish economically-vital flows of trade, tourism, and human capital.’

The Minister’s comments follow the announcement that Nadi International Airport has become the first airport in the South Pacific to achieve and be awarded Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation through its Travel Safe programme which prioritises the health and safety of arriving and departing passengers. Critical areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and facilities.

‘As the South Pacific’s gateway to the world, Nadi International Airport’s Travel Safe accreditation is a major confidence-builder for our tourism markets and milestone on the road to our region’s economic recovery,’ says Sayed-Khaiyum.

Airports Council International Asia-Pacific director general, Stefano Baronci says small island state airports that rely on international tourism have been hit particularly hard by the global pandemic. At the time of going to press Fiji had reported no local cases in more than 200 days.

Source: TravelIncmemo

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