Weekender

Tourists love city smiles

Written By : SHIRI LATA. Suva was a buzz of activity on Tuesday due to the arrival of the cruise liner MV Pacific Pearl at the Kings Wharf. Enjoying their
25 Feb 2011 12:00

Written By : SHIRI LATA. Suva was a buzz of activity on Tuesday due to the arrival of the cruise liner MV Pacific Pearl at the Kings Wharf.
Enjoying their second trip to Fiji on board the liner were James and Dierdra Simpson of Melbourne, Australia.
On the peace and the joy of breathing clean fresh air at the Raintree Lodge in Colo-i-Suva, they said they just love the Pacific Islands.
“Peace is what we are looking for and that is what we find only in the Pacific Islands,” Mr Simpson said.
He said they have been to Asian countries but nothing beats the clean environment and the serenity here.
“After this second cruise to Fiji we are planning a longer holiday with my whole family next year.
“When we came to Suva on the previous trip we did not visit any other place except the City and this time we went out of Suva to learn and experience more about the

country,” Mrs Simpson said.
They said the friendliness is something the tourists are very much attracted to as people back home seemed to be too busy to even smile.
“There everything is very business-like with no time to talk to any one or no smiles on the road side but here people just say hello wherever you go,” she said.
Handicraft seller Apisalome Waqa said, “Sales have picked up from the other cruise liners that visited this year but as there are a number of sellers now, sales is not as what we expected.
“Tourists are very smart and they look around very carefully before purchasing any item which is giving us a good competition as we strive to convince them to buy our products,” he said.


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