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Nadi Tourist Trains To Run On FSC Tracks

Farer Group PTE Limited has ventured into their new business  operating tourist trains from near Nadi airport. Managing Director Arthur Yang said the tourism venture will push new ways for
27 Apr 2017 11:42
Nadi Tourist Trains To Run On FSC Tracks
Train assembled in front of the Nadi International Airport on April 26, 2017. Photo: WAISEA NAISOKIA.

Farer Group PTE Limited has ventured into their new business  operating tourist trains from near Nadi airport.

Managing Director Arthur Yang said the tourism venture will push new ways for tourists to experience Fijian traditional culture.

He added that guests have the choice to either travel to Lautoka or towards Sigatoka.

Mr Yang said they will be using the Fiji Sugar Corporation tramlines and they will pay a levy to the FSC.

“We are looking at employing around 10 staff including four drivers (two at one time), two tour guides, and two engineers. This could double if the demand is high.”

They hope to open in two months.

The group had shipped in two diesel engines and two passenger carriages.

Passenger train travel in Fiji is not new. Former sugar miller CSR operated free passenger trains on its tracks back in pre-independence days.

The Coral Coast Railway based opposite Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort operates to Natadola Beach and also has shopping trips into Sigatoka.

Mr Yang, 27,  grew up in Henan Province in China, fond of trains.

But his dream came to reality when he saw tramlines in the West and the opportunity to operate tourist trains.

 

Fiji Sugar Corporation

The train is expected to carry 27 passengers on board at a time.

He added mandatory schedule will be put in place to ensure a programme between the two companies to avoid any  clash on use of the tramlines.

 

Farer Group

The Farer group opened in Nadi’s Main Street on August, 1, 2016, through their first company Farer Tours.,

Mr Yang had arrived in Fiji five years earlier and worked as resident manager for Chinese fishing boats operating from Suva.

Mr Yang and his wife Elena Pan were classmates at university.

EDITED BY: SELITA BOLANAVANUA

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