Tourism accolades

Port Denarau Marina CEO Cynthia Rasch has been honoured with the Dixon Seeto Tourism Leader Award at the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards.

16 March 2023


Held on 25 February 2023 at the Sofitel Fiji Resort, the award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in Fiji and have shown exceptional leadership skills.

The event’s theme for this year was Celebrating Resilience and Recovery in Tourism.

Cynthia Rasch has been leading Port Denarau Marina since 2017, during which time the marina has grown into a regional hub for maritime activities and tourism.

Under her leadership, the marina has exhibited remarkable resilience throughout COVID and beyond, with tenancy relationships, community involvement, and the creation of the Blue Lanes initiative.

The Blue Lanes initiative has been recognised for its innovative approach, which has been widely lauded for preventing the spread of COVID-19 while providing safe and responsible tourism during the pandemic.

By revitalising Fiji’s tourism industry during COVID, it has helped boost the country’s economy, representing an example of the private sector and government collaboration to find innovative solutions to complex challenges.


“I’m honoured to receive this award, and I accept it on behalf of the entire team at Port Denarau Marina,” said Rasch.

“Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of every staff member who has contributed to making Port Denarau Marina a world-class destination.”

Port Denarau Marina also received the Silver award in Support to Industry at the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. The award recognises businesses that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to supporting the tourism industry in Fiji.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award and are extremely happy with the recognition of Cynthia’s leadership and efforts during the time of COVID and the hard work she put into the Blue Lane initiative,” said Port Denarau Marina’s Chairman Malakai Naiyaga.

“The awards are testament to our dedication to supporting the tourism industry in Fiji. We’re proud to be part of this vibrant industry, and will continue to work tirelessly to support its growth and development.”

The marina has previously been a finalist for Service and Support to Industry in 2016 and won in the same category in 2019, making this their fourth FETA award.

The ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards recognizes exceptional tourism industry contributions in Fiji and is widely regarded as one of the country’s most prestigious tourism awards.

Port Denarau Marina is honoured to be recognised for its role in the industry and is committed to continuing to provide world-class services to its customers.



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