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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Food eats tourist dollar

Only 40% of the tourism dollar stays in Fiji, according to the Ministry for Tourism.

Speaking at the press conference to commemorate World Tourism Day yesterday, he said 60% of Fiji's tourism earnings was lost in leakage because a lot of the hotels were still sourcing their food supplies from overseas.

Hotel operators said that the quality and consistency of local food supply was not up to par.

The Minister, however, thought otherwise. While he felt there was no problem with the quality of Fiji's vegetables, there was some problem with the consistency of supply.

Note : This is something that the Agriculture Ministry is now working on to encourage more local farmers to plant vegetables and flowers for supply to the Fiji hotel industry.

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