The elite World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour is back in Fiji. The grand event will see the top surfers in the world return to Cloudbreak, a well-known spot for perfect waves near Tavarua Island. It will be the last event to help decide the WSL Final 5, ahead of the one-day WSL Finals to decide the 2024 World Champions.
The WSL is also deepening its commitment to the local communities that play an integral role in making this event a reality, via a donation of FJ$60,000 to the people of Tabanivono i Wai (Nabila & Momi villages) as a goodwill contribution for their support for the event and to facilitate access to the rebuilt Cloudbreak judging tower and reef annually.
The Cloudbreak judging tower, which was destroyed during cyclone Harold in 2021 after standing tall for over two decades, will also be rebuilt in preparation for the contest.
To mark this occasion, a traditional welcome and sevusevu ceremony was held at the Nabila community hall. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Viliame Gavoka was welcomed by the people of Tabanivono i Wai (Nabila and Momi village), followed by a sevusevu where WSL paid respects and expressed gratitude to the local community for their support in rebuilding the Cloudbreak tower.
Essence Group Fiji has relocated and rebranded, to the name Nama Fiji.
Nama Fiji says its new factory outlet at the Motorex Industrial Park on the Nadi Back Road, is the one-stop destination for all Nama products,, including Nama Fiji Skincare, Nama Cuisine Manufacturing, Nama Thalasso Treatments and sister company, Spa Academy Fiji.
Fiji-made shopping tours at a number of outlets at the Motorex Industrial Park will begin next month. Nama Fiji says the tours would suit groups, cruise line visitors and corporate groups.
Nama Fiji: Lot 4, Warehouse 6 at the Motorex Industrial Park.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has completed the first phase of its multi-million dollar resort refurbishinment; 16 renovated premium bures and creation of a new room category consisting of 46 premium ocean view rooms, which are complemented by the resort’s butler service. Future upgrades will include selected public areas and the main accommodation wings.
Jack’s of Fiji refurbishment
Jack’s of Fiji has reopened its flagship Nadi store after a $5 million refurbishment. Director, Nikul Khatri says Nadi, their hometown and the place where their business began, holds a special place in their hearts.
He says they have expanded the space for men’s fashion on the ground floor, introduced the brand new XL Sports Store, a dedicated Little India store, the first full-fledged Baby Jack’s Store in Nadi, with a play area for kids and a BATA store
The Ratsun Nadi Airport Apartment Hotel in Namaka, Nadi has unveiled 11 brand new rooms. The $1.1 million investment brings the popular business hotel’s total room count to 66.
National Art Gallery revived?
Fiji’s cabinet has approved the second development phase of St Stephen’s building in downtown Suva as Fiji’s first National Art Gallery. Cabinet allocated $100,000 to commence work in its latest budget. The project has had a few false starts but Fiji’s arts community is hoping that this time, the plans will come to fruition.