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New CEO Addresses Fiji media at Press Conference ... Fiji Islands
SPTO Suva organised a Press Conference on Friday, 6th October where the new Chief Executive Mr. Lisiate 'Akolo addressed the key media representatives in Fiji on his plans for the future of SPTO as he takes up his new appointment for the next three years. The Press Conference was held at the Berjaya Hotel in Suva with 20 members of the various media, SPTO managers and members of the Marketing & Membership Services staff. SPTO Board Chairman Mr. Semisi Taumoepeau and Fiji Visitors Bureau Chief Executive and SPTO Board Member Mr. Sitiveni Yaqona were also present. As a result, SPTO received positive coverage in the various dailies and on television as well, over the weekend.
[Source SPTO -6 October, 2000]

New appointment - Tanoa Hotels ... Fiji Islands
TANOA HOTELS is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Chris Foale as Group Executive Chef effective Monday, 2nd October 2000. Chris began his career in 1964 as an apprentice with Trust Houses Ltd at The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple in North Devon, England and worked in various hotels within the group as Chef de Partie. From 1970 he worked continuously in the catering industry in quality establishments in positions such as Head Chef and Catering Manager and ran his business catering for a couple of Golf Clubs in North Devon. In 1982, Chris migrated to New Zealand and was appointed Executive Chef with Hyatt International at their Queenstown property. During his time with Hyatt, Chris oversaw all kitchen operations of all of the Vacation Inns of the South Island in NZ and as part of the Hyatt Management Development System, was sent to Hyatt Regency Singapore and Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok. From 1990 to 2000, Chris was appointed to various positions from Executive Chef, Executive Sous Chef, Catering Lecturer, Catering Manager in several establishments - Skyline Restaurant Queenstown; Otago Polytechnic; The Islander Travelodge, Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea; The Garden House Restaurant in North Canterbury; The Grand Chateau, Mount Ruapehu and Larnach's Castle, Dunedin. Chris brings with him a wealth of international experience and he will be responsible for the complete food operations within the Tanoa Hotels 6 properties. He will be based at the Tanoa International Hotel, and will initially look at new menus, beverages, settings, presentations and convention & function food and beverage options to international quality standards.

FVB Staff Movements   ... Fiji Islands
The Fiji Visitors Bureau (FVB) has announced staff movements within its local and international operations. Eroni Puamau, who is Marketing Services Manager, has been appointed Regional Director, New Zealand. The Marketing Officer (Europe), Ms Ili Matatolu, will replace Mr Puamau and a graduate trainee, Paresh Pant, has been appointed Assistant Marketing Officer (Europe and Public Relations). [Source Fiji Times February 13, 2000] acknowledges the assistance of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation's news bulletins.

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