Update: 12:28PM A LOCAL tourism worker who does not consider sharing the Fijian culture a chore has gained overseas recognition for his selfless approach to work.

_E6T9085Tevita Ratunigaloa, the community manager of Tibewanted at Vorovoro island, received rave reviews that led him to be selected as one of the top six tour guides in the world.

The international competition, organised by Leap Local _ a travel website that was ranked among the world’s best by the UK’s Guardian newspaper _ was judged by an international panel of responsible tourism experts that included journalists and authors.

The five judges each picked six winning tourist guides and services and then debated the results during a live online conference.

“Tevita didnt even know he was competing, but is pleased to be amongst the winners,” shared Leap Local.

“This is a big honor for me, and makes me feel very proud. To share the traditional culture ofFiji
with the world is a blessing from God, vinaka vaka levu,” he was quoted to have said.

The hospitality guides were judged on the quality of experience they provided to the traveler, their eco-impact and whether they give back to their communities.

Tevita was an obvious winner on all counts.The other five were fromIndia, thePhilippines, two fromPeru, andEaster Island.
“Sponsors of the competition, such as ‘Go Outdoors’ from theUK, have provided prizes of sporting gear, while other sponsors are awarding free promotion to the winners,” said Leap Local.

Ben Keene of Tribewanted told Leap Local that the tribe would celebrate with Tevita as the project had gone from a three-year social experiment to a longer-term community project.

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