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From Fiji Sun (25 October 2020)

A-G: Rotuma Appreciates What Fiji Airways Is Doing

His comments followed Fiji Airways subsidiary Fiji Link's flight from Nadi/Rotuma/Nadi which arrived on the mainland at around 5pm.

by Mereleki Nai

The people on Rotuma appreciated what the national carrier was doing for the island, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday.

His comments followed Fiji Airways subsidiary Fiji Link's flight from Nadi/Rotuma/Nadi which arrived on the mainland at around 5pm.

There were 51 passengers with him who boarded the Fiji Link DQ-FJX to Rotuma.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said 50 cents commemorative coins were distributed to school heads.

"We got to see some Government projects, and we had a meeting with the cultural chiefs," he said.

"We had a talanoa session.

"There was feedback from people on the island who appreciated what Fiji Airways was doing."

Meanwhile, a passenger, Anne Steele, said: "It was beautiful, but a short trip.

"We really enjoyed the food, especially the lobster and the culture was great."

President of the International Women's Association, Judy Compain, said, "It was great to be able to see the island and experience Rotuma, a little bit of the culture.

Maximum return

Fiji Airways executive general manager digital, Akuila Batiweti, said the package was designed to ensure maximum return for the people in Rotuma who participated in the endeavor, allowing them to generate economic activity that is of value to them, their families and the island as a whole.

The Rotuma day trip was prepared in partnership with the district officer Rotuma's Office on behalf of Island authorities.

Fiji Link will continue the promotion every Saturday until November 28.

The flight departs Nadi at 9:30am on Saturdays, for a two hour trip to Rotuma.

Mr Batiweti said Fiji Airways and the island's authorities recognised and respected the unique culture and traditions of Rotuma.

Special care has been taken and all protocols are followed at all times by the visitors, he said.

From Fijivillage (22 October 2020)

Fiji Airways says particular care has been taken to ensure all protocols for visiting Rotuma are strictly followed

By Vijay Narayan

Fiji Airways has stated that it respects the diversity of views surrounding the airline’s Rotuma Day Trip Package.

The airline says the package has been prepared with the District Officer Rotuma’s Office, as the official authority on the island dealing with external requests.

This follows concerns raised by some people that the day trip to Rotuma will destroy the culture of Rotumans.

The spokesperson for Fiji Airways says the entire tour is controlled, and all ‘on-the-island’ elements of the package, including the mandatory mamasa ceremony and the tour spots, have been determined and assigned by island authorities themselves.

The airline says particular care has been taken to ensure all relevant protocols for visiting the island are strictly followed.

The local guides leading the tour have been approved by island authorities, the revenue from the package is remitted to all parties participating in the package every week and even the refuse generated from the trip is gathered and brought back on the return flight.

Fiji Airways confirms that only a limited number of packages are available per flight, which operates once a week (Saturdays), and that Day Trip Package flights will end on November 28th.

From the Oceania Olympic Committees (ONOC) (6 October 2020)

President Konrote presents Commemorative Medal to Dr Robin Mitchell

The ONOC secretariat congratulated President Dr Robin Mitchell today for receiving Fiji's 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Medal.

President Konrote presents medal to Robin Mitchell

The medals are in recognition of Fiji's 50th anniversary for people who have contributed towards development and progress in the country over the past 50 years.
Dr Mitchell is a respected sports administrator in the Oceania region and is also currently President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC Olympic) as well as an International Olympic Committee (Olympic) Executive.

The commemorative medals for Fiji's 50th anniversary of independence were awarded by the President of Fijian Government, Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote at Government House on Monday.

Robin Mitchell with medal