The Ministry of Tourism and Fiji National University have joined forces to ensure the industry has access to better data and human resource.
This as Minister for Tourism, Industry and Trade Faiyaz Koya officiated at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the university.
The MOU will ensure the sharing of information, statistics and research data that will enable better and informed forecasting, decision on key tourism policies and publication of information on tourism development, Mr Koya said after the signing.
He said the Fijian Government recognised the partnership, which provides a platform to enhance opportunities available for the tourism students to gain valuable industry experience through work attachments and strengthen co-operation and the sharing resources between the ministry and the FNU.
FNU Vice Chancellor, Dr Ganesh Chand said from where they stood as a training institution, the industry is growing and growing rapid hence the need to address the human resource needs of the industry.
Every company needs to have experts who can do the projections, who can do the strategic planning for the business entity itself. Then the other critical component is policy making which is where the Ministry comes in, Dr Chand said.
He said the university had been training people in accounting and IT, which has been beneficial for the industry.
One area which we see needs a lot more effort has to do with possibly our input- the input of academic institutions into policy making.
The MOU, which will come into effect immediately, was signed by Dr Chand and permanent secretary Shaheen Ali.