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Seeto points out link

by November 24, 2016 General

THE Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) says there needs to be a link between the frequency of visitors flying in the country and room inventory.

Earlier this week, Fiji Airways announced its decision to upgrade its existing narrow-body fleet with five new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

FHTA president Dixon Seeto said the new plans could possibly increase the influx of visitor arrivals into the country.

“There must be a match between air capacity and room inventory so as we develop the industry, these two must link,” he said.

“We’re really happy and proud that our national carrier and the CEO have taken a brave move and likewise, many of our FHTA members and our group, we are part of that development.

“So we’d like to synchronise with the supply of airline seats, room inventory and increase that because it will cater to increased numbers.”

Mr Seeto said after introducing new routes such as Singapore and San Francisco, Fiji Airways would have other destinations, including China, on its radar.

“They would also perhaps look at increasing services to our major markets like Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong and these services are becoming very viable.”

He said FHTA would continue to work with stakeholders such as Tourism Fiji, Fiji Airways and Society of Fiji Travel Associates to steer the industry forward.