Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has acknowledged the pivotal role tourism plays in Fiji’s economy and the opportunities that Sofitel Fiji’s new project would bring for growth, employment, and cultural exchange.
Officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new project named “vatu talei” which means “The Jewel” he anticipated the positive impact of the resort on the local community, particularly in terms of job creation and economic growth.
“To be completed in about three years from today, the jewel will create more jobs as I said earlier in its construction phase, and approximately 350 permanent positions on completion.”
He emphasized the importance of responsible development, noting that the resort’s construction would respect and contribute to sustainable practices.
The PM emphasized the role of the resort as a gateway to showcasing Fiji’s warm hospitality, vibrant heritage, and breathtaking landscapes to the world.
The $200 million investment is undertaken by the Richmond Limited Board which is a shareholder between Fiji Airways and BSP Life.