Celebration was in the air this weekend as Fiji welcomed the first group of travellers from Hong Kong after a hiatus of almost three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coinciding with the Hong Kong 7’s, which is Fiji’s ‘home ground away from home’, the national carrier set off for Hong Kong and brought back the first group of travellers, as Fiji is part of 20 countries approved to travel to by China.
Upon arrival at the Nadi International Airport, travellers were greeted with captivating dance performances by the VOU Dance Group, the refreshing taste of ‘bu,’ and gift packs containing handcrafted ‘tanoa,’ generously sponsored by Jack’s of Fiji.
Welcoming the visitors at the airport, Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Viliame Gavoka said “Pre-COVID, Fiji was receiving close to 50,000 Chinese visitors a year. We’re excited to showcase once again, the unique experiences that Fiji has to offer – and sharing the happiness that comes naturally to us. We look forward to working together and rekindling relationships with our Chinese partners, investors, and visitors.”
Representing the Chinese Embassy, Counsellor Ma Guoliang said, “China and Fiji have a time-honored friendship, and the Chinese community have been an integral part of Fiji’s multi-ethnic family for almost 200 years. The resumption of flights between Hong Kong and Nadi marks the comprehensive restart of people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and will definitely boost China-Fiji exchanges and cooperation in various fields.”
According to Tourism Fiji, the Chinese market is important to Fiji’s economy, ranking in the top five in terms top visitor arrivals pre-pandemic.
Fiji Airways will operate two weekly flights between Nadi, Fiji, and Hong Kong.