|Allen going local!|
Fiji has beautiful beaches and landmarks that are just sitting there in our back yards which tourists pay to visit. And yet we, the locals, don't even know the beauty of Fiji.
May I suggest that we go local and travel Fiji to the Yasawas and Mamanucas, to Vanua Levu and the Lau Group, to the Highlands of Fiji where we have little inns and stay at hotels along the Coral Coast and enjoy Fiji.
Go local next time you are thinking of going on a holiday. Your children will enjoy Fiji and get to appropriate the resources in our country. We have the museum, the National Archives, the various municipal offices in towns and cities who have old records of the towns and cities they look after. We have old churches, original native iTaukei sites, local farms, and ancient cemeteries all provide exciting glimpses into the past.
We could visit dairy and vegetable farms. Fish and prawn farms and the many manufacturers and see how things are done.
When everyone is tired and hungry, we can enjoy some authentic local entertainment at a favorite landmark restaurant, and eat a locally cooked meal that is not high in salt and additives. Or even stay at an iTaukei village and enjoy the local hospitality.
This way, we get to know our country better, and our money stays here and we boost local tourism and support the employment of our people.
On a slightly different note, a traveler from abroad, on our airline last week, said that he was a little surprised when he was served his meal/snack he saw a packet of potato chips that was made in the Philippines. He wondered what happened to the Buy Fiji that has recently been promoted vigorously.
Aren’t our local chips good enough?
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.