Aussie actress Rebel Wilson has taken some time away from her thriving career in the US to film a tourism video for Fiji, as the island nation reopens to international travellers.
Wilson donned a bright orange swimming costume for the “Open for Happiness” campaign with Tourism Fiji.
Fully vaccinated Aussies have been welcomed back to Fiji’s 333 islands since December 1.
Travellers must have received two doses of an approved Covid vaccine, must test negative to coronavirus within 72 hour of their flight, must undertake a rapid antigen test once arriving at their accommodation in Fiji and must stay at a Covid-certified ‘Care Fij Commited’ resort for at least three days.
In the tourism video, Wilson escapes the hustle and bustle of her acting life in Hollywood to explore Fiji, as the locals shower her with “bula” – hello in Fijian – and welcome her back.
Wilson told Tourism Fiji she had fond memories of visiting the idyllic islands as a child.
“When someone asks you whether you want to visit Fiji – there is really only one answer isn’t there? It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world,” she said.
“I had the best time filming this campaign, there really is nothing like the white sand and clear waters of Fiji. It is truly breathtaking.
“But even more than the landscape, I love Fiji the most for its people.
“Everyone greets you with a smile and a ‘bula’, the warmth and hospitality of everyone I met is something I will always remember. Fiji truly is open for happiness.”
Fiji has vaccinated more than 90 per cent of its eligible population and has been thriving since welcoming tourists back.
Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill said the reopening of Fiji to international tourists had been “a long time coming”.
“We’re so proud to launch this campaign, featuring the brilliant Rebel Wilson,” Mr Hill said, referring to the tourism video.
“What a pleasure it was working with someone so talented, and who truly embraced everything Fiji is about – from our natural beauty, to our people and our local musicians, producers and talent.
“This was such a special campaign for us to make in Fiji.
“We are thrilled to once again finally be able to welcome our visitors back from around the globe to the shores of Fiji – it has been a long time coming.”
It was feared Fiji would close its borders to international travellers due to the unknown nature of the latest variant of concern, Omicron.
However the nation is confident in the work it has done over the past 18 months to prepare for any potential issues related to the pandemic.
Last week, as the first flight from Sydney left for Nadi, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the airline and the nation had been “working hard since March last year to prepare for this moment”.
“The safety of our customers and staff will always be our highest priority. Our entire workforce is fully vaccinated, our new Travel Ready program is dedicated to medical safety and wellness, and Fiji Airways is the only airline in the Australia-Pacific region to achieve a Skytrax 5-Star Covid Safety rating as well as the highest Hospital Grade ‘Diamond’ certification by APEX Health and Safety,” Mr Viljoen said.
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