Tourism officials state that the country’s main tourism areas are untouched
After Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji on Monday night many tourists were left wondering if their travel plans were in jeopardy. The majority of the main Fiji resorts on the island of Viti Levu were untouched according to a leading Fiji tourism expert. All international air services are back on to their full schedule however domestic flights are still suspended pending a thorough check of local airfields.
The islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni experienced the full brunt of Cyclone Tomas, communications and power supplies were taken out and fallen palm trees caused damage to the islands. In a statement released this morning, the islands have had all power restored and the damage was restricted to felled trees falling onto property. Hoteliers and resort operators have managed to clear the majority of the debris ready to open their doors.
The majority of Fiji’s tourism infrastructure is located on Viti Levu and the offshore island of Mamanuca; luckily these areas were untouched by the cyclone allowing tourism to continue as normal. Cruise companies had suspended their operations to and around Fiji; however they are expected to resume service in the next 24 hours.
The majority of Fiji’s resorts have their own form of cyclone protection with many being cyclone proof buildings. One small, exclusive hotel invites guests into their large wine cellar which is stocked with provisions to enjoy until the storm passes.
After international media coverage branded Fiji as being a total disaster area, officials are keen to distinguish between the varied affects of Cyclone Tomas on the countries 350 islands