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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2 July, 2018 - The Fijian Show: Fiji Airways; Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Bula!  A word of greeting you'll hear frequently when you visit this fascinating archipelago of 330 islands in the pristine South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is a place where Slow Living defines the vacation experience, with warm and open hospitality, and activities for all types of vacationers, whether families, honeymooners, thrill seekers or culture hounds. It's a place to relax, unwind and enjoy all that is to offer, from village visits to some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving, white water rafting, or laying on a hammock with a good book.

Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, beautiful warm climate, and its unique relaxed island atmosphere. You won't be able to escape the friendliness of the Fijian people or the sheer natural beauty - get ready for swaying palms and warm, clear water.

Slow Living Radio welcomes, Stroebel Bekker from Fiji Airways followed by Florence Law and Craig Wood from the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa to share their story of Fiji, getting there, what to do and so much more. So pour a nice tropical cocktail or Fiji Water, sit back and relax while we take you to Fiji.  Bula Vinaka!

Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. 

Stroebel Bekker Bio

Regional General Manager The Americas

Stroebel Bekker is Fiji Airway’s Regional General Manager Sales for the Americas. Bekker has an extensive background in tourism and aviation, specifically in the areas of sales and revenue management. He most recently led the regional sales team at South African Airways in North America. He began his career in aviation at Spirit Airlines in Fort Lauderdale with their Revenue Management Department. Prior to this, he spent a number of years working for a tour operator promoting Africa.  He holds a master's degree in international business.

Every Take-off One Tree Initiative

Fiji Airways marked International Day of Forests by planting the first trees for its Every Take-off One Tree initiative.
Led by CEO Andre Viljoen, management and staff of Fiji Airways teamed up with Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited (suppliers of the native mahogany seedlings), and planted the first batch of trees in the airline’s latest environmental conservation project. The plantation is located in Votualevu in Nadi.
The project, which was launched at Fiji Airways’ 65th year celebrations last September, commits to plant one tree for every international take-off from Nadi International Airport. With approximately 2000 departures from its main Nadi hub each year, the airline will be holding planting activities every quarter, in which staff will plant 500 trees.
Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen said, “We fly over a million people every year to our home, Fiji. A big part of its attraction is its pristine and unspoiled natural environment. As the country’s flag carrier, we see it as our duty to protect and promote the conservation of our country’s flora and fauna, as well as make every effort to mitigate the impact of our operations. This is our commitment to Fiji and its future generations. This action is especially imperative at an advent when nature is at its most vulnerable.”
“This project is one of our key initiatives towards environmental conservation. These mahogany plantations will be protected forests and grow to maturity without being harvested for lumber.”
Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited CEO, Giuseppe Dal Bosco said of the partnership, “FHCL is happy to support Fiji Airways in this commendable initiative by supplying seedlings and expertise for their plant a tree programme. These trees will not to be harvested and will remain for the benefit of future generations. FHCL’s vision is to become a national leader in sustainable forest management, which includes reforestation of native plantations.”

Maro Road, Natadola Bay, Viti Levu
Fiji Islands

The only luxury resort on beautiful Natadola Bay, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is designed to treat guests to an exclusive outer island experience on the main land. Spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured landscapes, the resort offers the facilities and services expected of a luxury international resort, including a luxury spa, three pools, a dive pool, an on-site dive centre, three restaurants & two bars, recreation and beach activities centre, volleyball, gym and fitness centre and 18-hole championship golf course.

Affectionately known as ‘The People’s resort’ due to its ownership by the Fiji National Provident Fund, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa open its doors in 2009 and quickly established itself as one of Fiji’s best.

Natadola Bay is located in the West of Fiji. It is a 45-minute drive  or 12 minute helicopter ride from the Nadi International Airport and offers 2 kilometers of white sandy beach with azure colored waters. The InterContiental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is situate on the Bay with the ocean at its doorstep and a cluster of hills framing the Resort. The hills are home to the wild horses of Nadroga (province in Fiji that the Resort is located in) with very little wildlife around. Natadola Bay is the home to 7 indigenous villages and a number of Indo-Fijian settlements within the area. The population of Natadola is a little over 2000 people. Nearby urban locations are Nadi CIty and Sigatoka Town.

Florence Law
Digital Marketing Executive

Florence joined the team in December 2013 as Sales & Marketing Coordinator, supporting the resort’s marketing efforts both within the organization and externally. She now has the role of Marketing & E-commerce  where she specializes in marketing strategies to improve the resorts digital marketing efforts in addition to her current responsibilities.

Craig Wood
Director Dining & Entertainment

Craig is the Director of Dining & Entertainment at the Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, where he is responsible for overlooking and driving unique guest dining experience and both front and back of house operations.  His recent achievements include revamping the bar offering at all dining outlets and working with the chefs to revitalise each restaurant menu. 

Before taking up the role in Fiji, Craig also was a part of the AMEA F&B Brand Standards team and was a key driver in enhancing guest dining experience at the InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto.  He has experience working in both Australia and New Zealand; and has a key understanding of contemporary dining trends which he applies in his current role.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys trying new dining experiences, watching live games of rugby and the cricket, and meeting new people.

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