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Fiji markets itself as a retreat for billionaires during the pandemic



Fiji markets itself as a retreat for billionaires during the pandemic

(CNN) – With tourism industry gradually reopened throughout the world, Fiji has made unusual requests for billionaires seeking retreat during a pandemic.
South Pacific the country, which consists of about 300 islands, is very dependent on tourism, which usually accounts for 40% of gross national product (GDP).

After telling the Fijian parliament last week that his vision for “post-Covid society” included the gradual resumption of the travel sector, Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama had offered an open invitation to billionaires wishing to visit the country.

In an honest statement on Twitter earlier this week, he wrote: “So, let’s say you are a billionaire who wants to fly your own jet, rent your own island, and invest millions of dollars in Fiji in the process – if you have taken all necessary health precautions and covered all costs related, you might have a new home to avoid a pandemic in heaven. ”

The country’s Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, confirmed on Thursday that a group of high-value individuals had been given permission to travel to Fiji.

Speaking during the national budget consultation, Sayed-Khaiyum said that about 30 people from “very well-known companies” would soon arrive in the country by private plane, before taking seaplanes to their final destination, where they would stay for three months.

“From our perspective, this is a balance between managing our health risks and also opening up economic channels; it is very important to do that,” the Attorney General added.

Fiji has also started an initiative called the “Blue Line” to welcome tourists who come by cruise ship.

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Sayed-Khaiyum said that travelers can undergo a quarantine period of 14 days on their private ship before arrival or dock in Fiji. They will then be free to “roam” in the country after negative Covid-19 tests.

He added that Fiji would also welcome film and television crews as long as they followed the quarantine steps.

Last week, the Fiji PM announced that the country was working on travel arrangements called the Bula Bubble between him, New Zealand and Australia.

The prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand have not commented on the proposal, which is named after a welcome from Fiji.

Lilit Marcus from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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