The Fiji government and tourism stakeholders said on Tuesday they expect tourism numbers to boom with increased airlines servicing Fiji and a direct flight from China to the Fiji resort city of Nadi.
It has already been confirmed that Australian airlines Jetstar, a low-cost Qantas subsidiary, and V Australia will start servicing Fiji within months with competition expected to heat up.
The direct flight from Hong Kong to Nadi starts on Dec. 3.
Fiji will get direct connectivity to the Europe market with direct Air Pacific flights from Hong Kong to Fiji's resort city of Nadi.
Fiji's Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said opportunities and tourism numbers were expected to increase dramatically.
The Chinese Embassy in Fiji said the direct flight from Nadi to Hong Kong will boost tourist arrivals from China.
The Chinese Embassy Counselor in Fiji, Fei Mingxing, said the recent move by Air Pacific was a great one and would increase tourist numbers from Asian countries.
For the first time, Air Pacific in its 2008 and 2009 financial year, recorded 1 million passengers on their carrier destined for Fiji and the introduction of new routes are expected to rake in millions of dollars.