FIJI’S STRIDE IN AUDIO VISUAL INDUSTRY

The Fijian Government will continue to support the growth of the audio visual industry in the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Eco-Challenge Fiji in Tailevu yesterday, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Premila Kumar says Fiji offers one of the best deals to film makers.

“The Fijian Government continues to encourage audio-visual productions with the best film rebate incentive in the world of 75% for all costs incurred in Fiji,” Minister Kumar said.

Over the last five years, the audio visual industry has raked in more than $800 million into the local economy. Last year alone, the industry recorded 106 productions `with a value of $265million.

“This year has kicked off with a bang and I’m happy to say the first half of the year alone has already hosted $102 million worth of productions,” she said.

Meanwhile Eco- Challenge is being shot in Fiji after a lapse of 17 years. Minister Kumar while thanking the landowners of Tailevu for their consent to use their villages for this television reality show, also conveyed her appreciation to the Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group and Producer of Eco-Challenge, Mr. Mark Burnett.

“Eco-challenge Fiji, reaffirms Fiji’s status as an adventure tourism destination. Hosting it in Fiji just gives us another way of showing the world that Fiji is more than just the beautiful beaches and surfs,” she said.

“We took the decision by MGM and Amazon to come to Fiji seriously and ensured that all approvals were swiftly facilitated. A Joint Government Audio Visual (AV) Task Force Committee was formed in February this year to facilitate the needs of this production”

There are more than 60 teams participating from 30 countries in the reality show. The show will be hosted by world renowned Bear Grylls.