Speakers revealed for inaugural AHICE Fiji Islands summit

by Ruth Hogan

Leading figures in the South Pacific’s hotel and tourism industry will gather on Fiji’s Denarau Island for the inaugural AHICE Fiji Islands Summit, as the nation’s tourism market continues to thrive.

At the 2024 Summit, taking place on July 3-4 across four key resorts, attendees can expect evocative keynotes world-class panels, data dumps, global speakers and supported by some of the world’s leading hotels, chains and suppliers.

Fiji Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Honorable Viliame Gavoka, will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s event, with Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill leading a presentation on the Fiji Tourism Industry Outlook.

Brent Hill, Tourism Fiji

Leading figures from major hotel operators will take to the stage including Accor Chief Operating Officer PME – Pacific, Adrian Williams, and Outrigger Hospitality Group, President and CEO, Jeff Wagoner, alongside key owners such as Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Owner, Jay Singh.

The brand’s renowned networking events will be held across two evenings at four premier Fijian resorts including Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa and Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

View the 2024 program here.

AHICE Group President, James Wilkinson, said the 2024 AHICE Fiji Islands Investment in Tourism Summit and the event has attracted “significant interest both regionally and globally”.

“The 2024 Summit is the start of some exciting things to come for our AHICE brand in Fiji and we are already looking at venues to host the conference over the coming five years,” said Wilkinson.

“Fiji is experiencing some major growth in tourism investment, and we are thrilled to be helping fuel that through promoting the hotel and tourism sector on a global level and hosting world class events in the nation.”

Wilkinson pointed to Fiji’s tourism boom and growth in average daily rates and occupancy levels at hotels across the country, which have been on the rise since the end of 2021 as Australians, Kiwis and Americans head to the island nation in record numbers.

“The incredible growth of Fiji Airways across the region has also been instrumental in the tourism industry soaring and the most exciting thing is there so much opportunity and potential for the nation to grow even further,” Wilkinson said.

“With some 40 projects in various phases of development – from proposed projects to others under construction – there is already a lot happening that can firmly reach the Fiji Government’s target of 5000 more rooms across the nation.”

Register for the 2024 event now.