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MICEBTN - August-September • Page 27 Vanuatu’s Untouched Paradise – Boutique Accommodation for up to 38 Guests Organic Food – Pristine Environment – Direct Flights from Australia, NZ, Nouméa & Fiji All Proceeds go to Non-Profit Organisation www.ratuafoundation.com Ratua.com Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu - only 2.5 hours from Australia +678 35551 / +678 30020 firstname.lastname@example.org Timeshare industry is thanked for substantial support for Fiji tourism FIJI’s Industry, Trade and Tourism minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya recently highlighted the contribution made by Australia’s timeshare industry to Fiji’s tourism industry, calling it ‘far-reaching’. Speaking at the Australian Time- share and Holiday Ownership Coun- cil (ATHOC) annual conference held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Koya said: “For close to 20 years, Aus- tralian timeshare companies have contributed to the employment of thousands of Fijian people across many fields.” Attracting over 50,000 timeshare holidaymakers to Fiji each year and more than F$23 million in visitor spend per annum, Australia’s time- share operators with resorts in Fiji include Accor Vacation Club and Ultiqa under the Wyndham, Sofitel and Ultiqa brands. Fiji’s timeshare resorts employ more than 420 people directly, while also supporting the construction sector, retail, transportation, tours, attractions and a wide range of goods and services providers. Timeshare resorts typically have very high occupancy all year round, which helps the Fiji economy during low and high seasons alike. Time- share clubs also encourage repeat visitation to Fiji and contribute to visitor spend. Without the hotel room costs to consider, studies show that timeshare owners gen- erally have more available cash to spend on tours and attractions. Fiji’s tourism earnings have grown at an average eight per cent whilst arrivals have increased five per cent over the past five years. The Fijian Government encourages sustain- able development in all segments of the industry to contribute to the target of F$2.2 billion by 2021. Also speaking at the conference was Barry Robinson, president In- ternational Operations of Wyndham Vacation Clubs and deputy presi- dent of ATHOC. Robinson said the industry group was committed to helping the com- munities in which it operates and would donate 800 children’s books to schools and villages across Fiji. The minister also thanked the industry’s regular contribution to Fi- jian communities through its charity programs and community initiatives. FIJI’s Industry, Trade and Tourism minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya with guest speaker Barry Robinson.