Tourism students from the Fiji National University along with the Ministry of Tourism will stand to benefit more after the signing of memorandum of understanding between the two parties yesterday.
The agreement entails the sharing of information, statistics and research data, work attachments, and the likes for the overall tourism development in the country.
Minister for Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, said Government recognised this partnership as a platform from which to enhance the opportunity available to the tourism students at FNU.
“The Fijian tourism industry is one of the largest and dynamic industries in Fiji,” Mr Koya said.
“And more than ever before the future of the industry is looking more promising given recent trends in arrivals, growing investment and improved air access.
“Government is confident that through our efforts and commitment we’ll be able to achieve more and be able to develop to continue even stronger relationships between the two parties.”
Mr Koya said Government will do its best to ensure that optimum output of the agreement was being met.
FNU Vice Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand agreed that the long term partnership will go long way as both parties had a ‘common interest’.
“If the tourism industry grows we’ll have to ensure that there are sufficient number of people to service the industry as well as the ministry will have ensure that the policies are appropriate and conducive,” Dr Ganesh said.
“So we have a role to play in both training of people as well as ensuring that the ministry has the right information, the data and policy to make policy.”
The signing was held at the Ministry of Tourism in Civic Tower with the presence of Permanent Secretary Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali.
(Source: Fiji Sun)