Australian Timeshare Companies Show Support for Fijian Schools

DENARAU ISLAND (September 12, 2018) – Australia’s timeshare industry has shown its support for one of its vacation owners’ favourite destinations, Fiji, by presenting hundreds of books to three rural primary schools and arranging repairs for a kindergarten bathroom block.


Delegates from the timeshare industry are in Fiji this week for the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) annual conference, held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.


Each of the delegates brought between three to five story books designed for children aged between five and 12 years to the conference. Representatives from Mulomulo Muslim Primary School, Vaturu District and Ralete Primary School were presented with more than 800 books at a morning tea at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island this morning.


Later in the week, selected delegates from peak body ATHOC and the industry will visit Narewa Kindergarten, which will benefit from a FJ$2,400 donation that will be used for a much-needed refurbishment of the children’s toilet and shower block.


“Australia timeshare companies have been an important part of Fiji’s tourism industry for close to 20 years and have invested in the employment of thousands of local people. Our donation today is about contributing to the future of Fiji,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, International Operations, Wyndham Vacation Clubs and ATHOC Vice-President.


“At Wyndham, Fiji is one of the most popular destinations among our owners and many of them now see the country as their second home. Some have donated time and money during natural disasters to help local people and they would be delighted with today’s gift from the industry.”


Every year, Australian timeshare operators attract more than 50,000 holidaymakers to Fiji who spend an estimate FJ$23 million dollars annually. Operators with resorts in Fiji include Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific, Accor Vacation Club and Ultiqa.


Timeshare hotels and resorts in Fiji employ more than 420 people directly while also supporting the construction sector, retail, transport, tours, attractions and goods and services providers.


“Earlier this week, the Fijian Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister made it clear that the timeshare industry has a significant impact on tourism in the country. We appreciate the work of the Fijian people and their government in providing our vacation owners with incredible experiences – and this is one of the ways we give thanks,” said Laura Younger, General Manager of ATHOC.


The timeshare industry makes regular contributions to Fijian communities through a range of charity programs, while resorts also run their own community initiatives.