Richard Evanson (Snr) was a good man and a dear friend. His passing is a great loss for the Fijian tourism industry and the people of Yasawa. We thank him with utmost sincerity for all that he has done in shaping the industry.
His contributions since the 1970s have made an enormous impact on the lives of many Fijians and in keeping the local community and environment protected. He has truly built a treasure here in Fiji, and I'm sure his legacy will live on through his family.
Hon. Faiyaz Koya
Richard Evanson Snr can best be described as a visionary whose imprint will forever be part and parcel of our industry’s journey.
For five decades, he crafted Turtle Island into a destination and brand of environmental integrity and helped model the necessity of conservation for Fijian tourism properties.
His accolades as a successful tourism operator can only be outshone by his environmental legacy and the countless economic, educational, and social developments he provided the people of his island’s home district, Nacula and the wider Yasawa Islands.
Mr Evanson passed away on his beloved Turtle Island on Saturday, 5 June and we join his family, staff and community in honouring a generous mentor and pioneer of our industry.
In my three visits to Turtle Island, it was always a pleasure to visit with Richard and all the wonderful family of Turtle Island. He will be in my prayers as will the family of Turtle Island.
Alda let me know last Saturday of RE’s passing, my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the entire Turtle family. Bosso was my mentor for discovering Fiji and it was an honor to have worked for the Vancouver Office for 10 years, sending lucky guests to the most beautiful island in the world.
RE will be missed but the legend he created, Turtle Island, will continue so in a sense so will he.
Bob & Ann
Our hearts are heavy. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Prayers to all…