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New Vessel Provides Significant Option, Says Smith

New Vessel Provides Significant Option, Says Smith
Father Kiade SM blessing Princess Moana . Photos: Facebook.
January 03
11:00 2018

The Savusavu Tourism Association (STA) and the Savusavu Chamber of Commerce (SCC) congratulate the owners of Miller Shipping Services on their acquisition and are delighted that they have chosen Savusavu as their center of operation in the Northern Division.

The company’s brand new inter-island vessel Princess Moana berth at Savusavu jetty last week. STA secretary and SCC chief executive officer Karl Smith said while the current services provided were adequate, quality of service remained basic given the age and inappropriate design for travel in the tropics of the current vessels.

“Significantly, the new vessel provides a significant option for the more discerning travellers, especially from Savusavu and Cakaudrove of  which there is a growth in wealth in its popula-tion,” Mr Smith said.

“While failure by the authorities to address deficiencies in the Savusavu runway and the inhibitive costs related to  air travel remains a major hurdle to increased tourism in Savusavu, the introduction of the new custom made vessel  and experience of the Miller family in the tourism sector will provide a quality option, albeit limited.”

“Overall however, it is envisaged that the lift in the quality of service provided by people experi-enced in the tourism sector, and comforts of  the new custom made vessel will stimulate travel in and out of Savusavu, and in turn boost economic activity,” he said.

The newly built 350 passenger ferry will service Vanua Levu including Natuvu, Savusavu, Labasa, Nabouwalu, Taveuni and Rabi Island.

 

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