Tongan businesses face long recovery

Tongan businesses are facing a challenging recovery from last month's tsunami disaster compounded by an Omicron outbreak in the country.

Some resorts and restaurants were destroyed in the disaster, and limited internet and telecommunications are hampering services for others.

The owner of the Vakaloa Resort in Tonga Maryanne Tukuafu whose business was decimated in the tsunami disaster, said the country's economic recovery will be long term.

"It really affects not only businesses but also the community because we employ a lot of the locals, and then with covid now, its just really really hard because we were in the midst of cleaning up, and now everything now is on hold. Most of our staff have been laidoff."