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Murder of Aussie woman another blight on Fiji tourism

November 18, 2014

Tracy Maw: Returned to Fiji to reconcile with lover.

It’s the lifeblood of Fiji but the death of another tourist will surely hurt the industry the regime takes such pride in.

The discovery of the decomposed body of Australian woman, Tracy Ann O’Brien Maw, has been publicised widely in Australia, since she was found on Monday.

Both the details of her death and her relationship with a married Sigatoka local, plus the police investigation, have painted a picture of Fiji that is feral.

Media reports reveal she’d been in a relationship for four and a half years and had told a Facebook group she’d lost $42,000 plus her house as a result of it. She said she’d been sending him money regularly but he was probably spending it on his wife and family.

Relationship: She told friends she’d been ripped off.

“… when you come home to Aussie you really DONT know what they do when your not there. sad hey when we give them honesty and they just laugh at us in there lingo, even while we sit with then! How do we know what they saying?”

This is not the first time the death of a tourist has put the microscope on Fiji but the stories that have emerged about Ms Maw’s relationship and the pictures plastered across the pages shows it as a country where you get ripped of, can’t take your safety for granted or trust local authorities.

Police commissioner BJJ Groenewald insists a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and Ms Maw had to be cremated ‘because of the total decomposed situation of the body.’

Her family are less than satisfied: this is not a new complaint – the loved ones of other tourists who’ve had to turn to authorities have spoken of incompetency and lack of confidence in them.

A man was arrested yesterday and police say he is known to Ms Maw but are not in a position to release his name.

According to Tourism Fiji, visitor arrivals in September were up 4.5 percent from last year.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics said there had been 64,000 visitors so far and the final number should surpass the 675,000 peak recorded in 2011.

Visitors from New Zealand and the US were up 15 per cent, while arrivals from China jumped 25 percent. Australian arrivals had dropped 0.4 percent.

source – c4.5; posted by rusi varani for SWM
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