DPM Gavoka Officiates at Nation’s First Ever Hospitality Conference

Press Release Posted On: June 7, 2024

“Fiji National University’s (FNU) dedication to fostering innovation and progress within Fiji’s tourism and hospitality sectors is truly commendable. By convening this forum, they have created a valuable space for industry leaders, educators, and stakeholders to come together, share ideas, and collaboratively shape the future of tourism in Fiji.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Education, Honourable Viliame Gavoka at the National Hospitality Conference

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Education, Honourable Viliame Gavoka at the National Hospitality Conference

These were the words of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Viliame Gavoka at the official opening of Fiji’s inaugural National Hospitality Conference organised by FNU’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC).

Honourable Gavoka highlighted that the role of education in this transformative journey cannot be overstated. Our education system is the cornerstone of developing highly qualified human resources who will drive the tourism industry forward.

“Institutions like FNU are crucial in equipping the next generation with the skills, knowledge, and innovative mindset needed to excel in the hospitality sector. By fostering partnerships between academia and industry, we ensure that our workforce is well-prepared to meet the demands of a dynamic and evolving market,” said the Honourable Minister.

Speaking on the theme of “Embracing Innovation and Continuous Improvement in Hospitality”, Honourable Gavoka, said that innovation is not merely about introducing new gadgets or amenities; it is about fostering a culture of creativity, adaptability, and forward-thinking within our organisations.

“Fiji’s hospitality sector has long been celebrated for its warmth, hospitality, and natural beauty. However, in today’s fast-paced world, where consumer preferences and technological advancements are constantly evolving, it is imperative that we adapt and innovate to stay ahead of the curve,” added the Tourism Minister.

Tourism Fiji CEO, Brent Hill, who presented on “Leadership Strategies for Fostering Innovation” encouraged leaders to give their team members a chance to shine.

“The thing that I would say to you as leaders and as emerging leaders is to be focused on delivering, set something that you can actually deliver. Put things in front of people, give them that opportunity to be part of the team”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor TVET, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said that the conference allows stakeholders to collaborate with FNU in transforming the hospitality industry.

“In a world where consumer preferences are evolving at a rapid pace, where technology is transforming the way we do business, and where sustainability is no longer a choice but a necessity, it is imperative that we come together to chart a course for the future—one that is defined by innovation, resilience, and excellence,” said Dr Tagicakiverata.