first_imgSource = Tourism Fiji Fiji Trade and Tourism Minister Mr Faiyaz S. KoyaMinister Koya commends the Fijian tourism industryA special session for representatives of the various associations within the tourism infantry, called by the Honorable Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism in Fiji, Mr Faiyaz S. Koya, was held on Saturday (27 February) at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi.In his opening address, Mr Koya commended the entire tourism industry for their swift responsiveness to the recent natural disaster.“I am very proud of the resilience of the tourism stakeholders, as they have come together once again in a time of need and strategized on how to ensure that the visitor numbers do not decline,” Mr Koya said.The Honourable Minister also acknowledged the activation of the Tourism Action Group (TAG), saying that the best way to enable all Fijians to rebuild their lives after a disaster is to provide them a continued stream of income and improving tourism can bring those benefits to the people in the form of employment.“We need the visitors to come to Fiji,” he added.The Tourism Advisory Group (TAG), which is made up of key representatives from each sector within the tourism industry will focus on immediate actions to reduce booking cancellations due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston to parts of Fiji.And most importantly, focus on educating travellers that tourism in Fiji is very much active and ready to receive all our guests with the usual “Bula” smile.“We as the Fijian Government also are standing ready to address any concerns and provide the necessary policy support that will enable faster recovery,” Mr Koya said. Tourism Fijilast_img read more

first_imgLa Maison du Chocolat’s exquisite bite-sized desserts and elaborate pastries are welcome year-round, but since Memorial Day, the legendary chocolatier has been offering an exclusive variety of summer flavors and designs. But act quick – the newest additions to the repertoire are only available until Labor Day.Inspired by Spanish gastronomy, the newest chocolates take flavors from Iberia and artistic arabesques from Andalusian architecture. The Dark Chocolate Ganache is infused with orange in a dancing pattern traced from the courtyard of the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Dark Chocolate Ganache with Saffron and Raspberry pays homage to Spain’s legendary spice, strengthened with a modern fruit twist. Other new flavors include Milk Chocolate Praline with Nougat, Mint Tea and Dark Chocolate, and Almond Paste with Lemon and Lime – all available in sunny orange gift boxes ($19-$56).Exclusive to the boutiques, however, is the Summer Collection Pastry and Desserts assortment, an array of refreshing confections especially developed to beat the heat. The Maracuja Island layers delicate cream, blended with banana, passion fruit, mango and lemon, on a chocolate biscuit, toasted coconuts and chocolate mousse, a creation which screams summertime ($35). Likewise, the lightness of the Maison Lemon Tart relieves the sweet tooth, a chocolate Breton Sable crust topped with a chocolate biscuit and thin layers of Maison strawberry preserves and lemon cream ($35).La Maison has also included a new, a very Spanish, accent to the collection: Pistachio Macarons. With the shell of a traditional pistachio macaroon, the house adds a think layer of chocolate ganache in the middle, a surprise that accentuates the pistachio flavor and sticks to what La Maison does best: chocolate.La Maison du Chocolat’s Summer Collection is available at their boutiques in New York: Madison Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Wall Street. Visit lamaisonduchocolat.com.last_img read more