About Fiji

Welcome Message from the Honourable Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr. Frank Bainimarama

Bula Vinaka,

It gives me great pleasure to extend you all a very warm welcome as we prepare to host the 30th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia. In conjunction with the Joint Commission meeting, we are also delighted to host the UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Development.

The economic engine of global tourism has changed the lives of millions of people across the Asia-Pacific region. It has brought jobs, it has brought opportunity and it has forged people-to-people ties between our citizens that have made our entire region stronger and more connected.

As UNWTO partners, we are all committed to the pursuit of responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism development in the Asia-Pacific region. We’ve set out a vision for regional tourism growth that strikes a balance between development and sustainability, but we must continue to acknowledge and adapt to the impact that emerging global challenges can have on tourism in our region.


Country Profile

Fiji, being the heart of the South Pacific, is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness.

Each of the islands boast landscapes of lush tropical and pine vegetation, spread across the interior lands with white sandy beaches wrapped around the coastal areas. The two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu each present different experiences suited for a number of adventurous activities such as diving, surfing and snorkeling, to name a few.

Fiji also prides itself in being the hub of the Pacific, attracting visitors for not only the perfect holiday, but for international sporting and MICE events. Being a thriving democracy and a melting pot of diverse cultures, Fijians are well-renowned for their warm hospitality and heartfelt ‘bula’ (hello) and are today recognised as some of the happiest people in the world.

To learn more about Fiji, visit our official Tourism Fiji website: www.fiji.travel

Getting to Fiji

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, offers regular direct flights to a number of international destinations. Flights to Fiji can also be booked through Fiji Airways codeshare partners Qantas, Jetstar, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Air New Zealand, Korean Air (Seoul-Nadi), Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu and Aircalin.


Nadi International Airport, on the island of Viti Levu is the main gateway for most travelers. Several air strips are scattered throughout the islands to facilitate domestic travel. Additional information on flights can be found on the Fiji Airways website: www.fijiairways.com .





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Fiji was first settled over 3,500 years ago by the Lapita people from the Melanesian Islands. The first Europeans to sight Fiji were Dutch explorers Abel Tasman in 1643 and James Cook in 1774. However, it was not until 1789 that the islands were charted and plotted, when Captain William Bligh traveled through Fiji in an open longboat after the mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789 and returned to explore in 1792.

Europeans later began settling in the islands in the 1860s, following which, Fiji became a British Crown Colony on 10 October 1874. To encourage economic development of the new colony, Indians were brought in as indentured laborers to establish sugar plantations and processing mills. However, Indians stayed on as permanent settlers at the end of the system in 1920.

In 1970, a constitutional conference in London agreed that Fiji should become a fully sovereign and independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations. Thus, Fiji gained independence on 10 October 1970, and today stands as a thriving democracy.