Fiji has remained mostly COVID-free since the pandemic began and is now perfectly positioned to be one of the most sought after destinations for Australians to visit once we can travel again. For the Bulanaires of Fiji, it’s now just a matter of ‘when’ the nation can welcome travellers back to their paradise home.
Between now and then, the ever-optimistic Fijians and their archipelago of 330 dazzling island gems are making it their mission to spread the ‘Bula Spirit’ mantra far and wide in anticipation of our arrival once again.
Here’s our rundown of the good news stories and updates you need to keep a smile on your face and start dreaming of a tropical island escape.
1. Aussies Set Out on Eco-Adventures in Fiji
Ready for some gripping drama but the kind of adventure you might want to personally pass on physically taking part in?
The good news is that you don’t have to actually take part in this gruelling adventure. Instead, from August 15, Amazon Prime in Australia you can sit back in the comfort of your own home and watch the 10-episode series of the World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.
Hosted by Mr Man vs Wild Bear Grylls and brought to you by the same legends who created the hit show Survivor, Fiji’s secret eco-playground and incredible landscapes will be revealed to the world in ways you could have never possibly imagined.
See how Aussie teams compete with other countries from around the world as they battle their way through Fiji’s lush interior of jungles, rivers, mountains and waterfalls, along with getting to experience the ‘Bula Spirit’ found out in Fiji’s remote villages.
2. Tokoriki Island’s Guests Return The ‘Bula Spirit’ To Locals
Since COVID-19 hit Fiji in March, Tokoriki has been overwhelmed by guest contributions to help out the people on the island.
In total, there have been enough donations to provide each of the 140 staff members $370FJD. This money will be enough for each staff member to cover the costs of thee months worth of food.
The team at the adult-only resort are also bringing donations of linens and school supplies to the 145 school children who live on the island.
Perhaps that’s why Tokoriki Island has just been voted the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best #1 Top Hotel in Fiji and #1 Top Hotel for Romance & Service for 5 consecutive years by TripAdvisor guests.
3. Captain Cook Cruises ‘Buy a Coral-Build a Reef’ Programme
Captain Cook Cruises have launched their buy a coral – build a reef coral rejuvenation program that allows guests to get involved in reef sustainability when they are visiting Tivua island.
Guests can buy a coral frag and plant it like they would a seedling on land. All funds go towards funding the Coral Rejuvenation Programme, which partners with 90 islands to ensure Fiji will remain pristine for everyone’s benefit.
The programme goes hand in hand with the re-opening of the island for day cruises and allows guests to get involved in reef sustainability when they are visiting Tivua island.
Find out more: www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com
4. Fiji Fridays
To keep Australian agents up to speed with all that’s going in Fiji while bringing some light relief in what is a tough time for the industry, the Tourism Fiji trade team are sending out Fiji Friday weekly updates to Matai agents.
The updates include Fijian product news for an ever-changing landscape as well as a bit of fun including recipes, good news stories and a fun quiz to play, not to mention plenty of sunshine smiles to bring the Bula spirit alive.
Have you signed up for Tourism Fiji’s Matai online training program yet? Click here to register now.
5. Happy Hour TV
Have you ever wished for a TV channel that only shared good news? Well, here it is, coming fresh out of the tropical paradise that is Fiji.
Light-hearted and full of vibrant energy, local presenters (and Bulanaires) Masada and Eroni share the feel-good stories from across Fiji’s 333 islands as they talk to fellow Fijians about the power of kindness and showing resilience during the pandemic.
There are interviews with local heroes with each show concluding with a brief weather report that (of course!) showcases Fiji’s endless warm and sunny skies that await travellers on their next trip to the islands.
Ah, take us there now!
Click here to subscribe to ‘Happy Hour TV’.
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