I’ve said in the past that it’s interesting to see the “unique” ways different countries begin to reopen to others. Some countries are using travel bubbles and air bridges. Cuba is dividing its country so tourists and residents don’t mix. Tanzania opened its doors to everyone, no questions asked.
Fiji came up with its own “different” idea.
Fiji relies on tourism for a lot of its gross national product. Like, 40% of it. They usually get visitors from all around the world but about half of their visitors are from Australia (who is still only in the planning stages of forming travel bubbles), followed by New Zealand (same) and the United States (*cough* nobody wants us to visit and who can blame them *cough*).
So what do you do when you’re trying to recoup such large losses to your revenue in the shorter term?
You recruit billionaires.
Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama is offering an open invitation to billionaires who want to get away from it all.
The 300-island archipelago has also started an initiative called “Blue Lanes” to welcome tourists who would rather arrive via yacht. Also from Twitter:
I guess you’ve gotta have some nerve to write something like this but hey you know what? It worked. About 30 people from “a very well-known company” will soon be arriving in Fiji by private plane before taking a seaplane to their final destination island.
And then they’ll stay there for 3 months. As one does.
“From our perspective, this is a balancing between managing our health risks [ETA: Fiji has had a total 18 cases of COVID-19] and also opening up the economic pathways; it’s critically important to do that,” Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said during a national budget consultation.
Sayed-Khaiyum also suggested that Fiji would be happy to have television and movie crews, provided they followed the country’s COVID quarantine protocols.
Fiji’s pretty smart 🙂
#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands
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