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Call For More Yachting Assistance From Govt

There is a call for the government to relook and invest more in the local yachting industry. Fiji boasts international standard marinas which include Port Denarau, Musket Cove, Savusavu, Vuda
01 Oct 2014 11:43
Call For More Yachting Assistance From Govt

There is a call for the government to relook and invest more in the local yachting industry.

Fiji boasts international standard marinas which include Port Denarau, Musket Cove, Savusavu, Vuda Marina and the Royal Suva Yacht Club.

Vuda Marina general manager, Adam Wade, said more can be done to promote the Fijian yachting industry as it has never been really looked after.

“Tonga receives an average of 900 yachts a year while Fiji records only 650 but we have more places to cruise around the islands,” he said.

Mr Wade said not much emphasis has been placed by the government to look at the industry.

“When a yacht enters the Fijian waters, it spends an average on $32,000 and stays, cruises around for an average of 180 days,” he said.

“The wealth distribution of the yachties is far wider compared to a tourist coming through plane or cruise liners who have booked and paid through travel agents. Yachties spending power is far more.

“The fundamental argument of my side is the money is spent by the yachties men locally in gathering food, supplies or refurbishing their vessel.”

Mr Wade said sometimes, yachties are often claimed to be associated to drug and human trafficking.

“Well there is a danger let me admit, but maybe one out of the 650 may be the threat as others are here to explore Fiji. The government should be embracing the industry rather than pushing it away,” he said.

“Government should assist us with $2.3 million to market the industry to the world and it will flourish and more super yachts spending more will be here.”

This comes as the 2015 National Budget submissions are being made and is understood the industry would be pushing strongly for the assistance.

Meanwhile, Port Denarau’s Nigel Skeggs and Yacht Helps’ David Jamieson are currently in Monaco promoting the Fijian yachting industry on the other side of the world.

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