Auckland, July 21, 2019
Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has paid rich tributes to Dixon Seeto, describing him as a ‘True Fijian and Good Friend.’
According to Fiji Sun, Mr Seeto, known for his significant contributions to the growth of the Tourism industry in Fiji, was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Sigatoka, Fiji on June 27, 2019.
He was airlifted to Australia, and admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
The publication reported that he died peacefully on July 19, 2019.
Dixon Raphael Seeto was a Fijian businessman and political leader of Chinese descent.
He was President of the Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association and of the Chinese Association of Fiji.
In a Statement, Mr Bainimarama offered his condolences to the Seeto and Chan families.
I hope “that his wife Jenny, his sisters Lorraine, Beverley and Janice, his brothers Henry and Watson and his son Gareth, know that they have the love and support of their fellow Fijians during this incredibly difficult time. Dixon leaves us with cherished memories of his warmth and kindness that will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. And he leaves us with a legacy that will forever be etched in Fijian history and an impact that will span generations,” he said.
Pillar of Tourism
Stating that Mr Seeto was a ‘Pillar of the Tourism Sector in Fiji,’ Mr Bainimarama said that his effort and ethic helped transform Fijian tourism into the iconic industry.
As a leader in the Fijian-Chinese community, he was a beacon of unity and inclusivity, and his leadership added immensely to the rich cultural fabric of our nation. As the Chairman of the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board, his faith in young people charted the way towards the introduction of the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme, empowering tens of thousands of Fijian students to realise their dreams of higher education. And as proud son of Fiji, he was involved in all manner of community organisations and businesses. He was a master of making connections and forging partnerships, and he used those talents to maximum effect in bettering his nation,” he said.