FOR how long will Fiji stay away from the region’s biggest tourism event in the manner of the school yard bully? The whole region will gather for the SPTE 2017 in Sydney later this year but much of the Fijian delegation is under pressure to stay at home. That’s because Fijian tourism bosses want the region to attend the Fiji event planned for the resort island of Denarau. But the SPTE – which coincides with Australia’s Tourism Expo – attracts a large number of European and American industry buyers who may not travel as far as Fiji. That means it’s better for them to meet the buyers in Australia as they have in the past two years at events in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast. Yet Fiji continues to bang away at a single event rather than a regional fest.
A CATHOLIC priest in Samoa has left the village in the wake of an alleged sex scandal there where he was caught sleeping with a Year 13 student. The incident was confirmed by the village who said residents were in a state of shock. The community leader said a more senior church leader immediately removed the priest from Vailoa before the matter could be discussed by the Village Council. So what is the main office in Apia doing about the incident?
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