NZ minister encourages people not to cancel travel plan to Fiji

NZ minister encourages people not to cancel travel plan to Fiji

A senior minister in the government of New Zealand has urged the people in the country not to cancel their plans to travel to Fiji following a devastating cyclone.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully urge New Zealanders to still go to Fiji to support that country's economy and tourism industry after Cyclone Winston.Cyclone Winston was a category five storm that killed 43 people and caused a lot of destruction to homes and other infrastructure.The minister said that people should keep their plans to visit the country if the reports they had booked was operating.

He said, "One of the things that would help them recover quickly is getting back to normal, getting tourism numbers moving back to normal.There are big parts of Fiji, particularly around Nadi, where the resorts are open for business. In fact, Fiji has got big challenges but the resort business is not affected in many parts."

New Zealand has already sent extra medical staff, including nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists to the island nation to help in recovery efforts following an evaluation by the Ministry of Health. The team will be based in Suva, in the northern Lau island group and on Koro Island.