Fiji offers a VIP area for tourists from Australia and New Zealand
Fiji authorities announced their intention to create a VIP zone for tourists from Australia and New Zealand, who make up about 70% of all foreigners visiting this island archipelago in the South-West Pacific.
According to Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, the isolated resort area will allow Australians and new Zealanders to enjoy all that the archipelago's tourism industry offers, while staying away from other potential travelers and the local population.
Fiji, with a population of 930,000, was one of the first countries to control the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. In the archipelago, the recovery rate is 100%, and no deaths have been recorded. However, there is a risk of re-detection of the virus when borders are opened, regardless of the precautions taken by the authorities.
According to the government of Fiji, the share of tourism in the country's economy is about 40%. According to the Fiji hotels and tourism Association, up to 98% of people working in the tourism sector have lost their jobs due to coronavirus.