Tourism Fiji website traffic surges after New Zealand announces quarantine-free travel


Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill said his website saw a 55% increase in traffic within 24 hours of easing home isolation requirements in New Zealand, signaling that Kiwis are interested exploring Fiji as a post-pandemic holiday destination.

Hill says fully vaccinated and holiday-hungry Kiwis can now travel to Fiji and enjoy quarantine-free travel when arriving in Fiji and returning home.

The CEO said the country’s national airline, Fiji Airways, will land tonight with eager holidaymakers who have not traveled anywhere since March 2019.

He adds that to commemorate this momentous occasion, they organized a warm welcome at Nadi International Airport for the 100 passengers on board the first flight.

Hill adds Fiji and people can’t wait to welcome the Kiwis to our shores because we’ve been waiting for this moment for two years.

Tourism Fiji’s regional manager for New Zealand, Sonya Lawson, said they anticipate high demand from New Zealand with the opening of the border.

She says Fiji has always been a popular hotspot for Kiwis, previously being Fiji’s second-largest source market and having more than 200,000 visitors each year.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said they have seen an influx of Kiwis interested in flying to Fiji and they expect to see demand continue to increase over the coming months.

It’s great to see Kiwi tourists coming back and providing a much-needed economic injection to the tourism industry – Du ToitBy Rashika KumarSaturday 05/03/2022

New Zealand High Commission consul Jennifer Du Toit said it was great to see Kiwi tourists returning to Fiji and providing a much-needed economic injection to the tourism industry after it was announced that the border New Zealand is now open without quarantine to Kiwi travellers.

She says the reopening of New Zealand’s borders is also reuniting friends and relatives with loved ones in Fiji after two long years of border closures and they look forward to seeing more and more families reconnected.

Du Toit says that despite the low transmission of COVID-19 in Fiji, it is still encouraging to see the COVID-19 protocols resorts and tour operators are employing to keep tourists and Fijians safe.

She adds that they are also looking forward to the next steps in their Reconnecting New Zealand strategy when they welcome quarantine-free seasonal workers from Fiji later this month and at a later date, travelers from around the world, including from Fiji and the Pacific. .

New Zealand is Fiji’s second largest tourist market.


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