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A.S.K: Govt Serious About Looking After Cruise Liner Tourists

The Fijian Government has stressed it is serious about catering for the cruise liner tourists. These comments were highlighted by the Minister for Finance and Tourism, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during the
04 Oct 2014 15:56
A.S.K: Govt Serious About Looking After Cruise Liner Tourists
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber monitors the team’s training at Kings College in Cape Town on December 13, 2019. Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

The Fijian Government has stressed it is serious about catering for the cruise liner tourists.
These comments were highlighted by the Minister for Finance and Tourism, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during the Orientation for the University of the South Pacific’s School of Tourism & Hospitality Management students.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum: “We are very serious about our cruise liner tourists as they generally seem to fall off the dial in a general approach towards tourism development
“As you all know, the old focus on tourism development seems to be on people staying overnight in hotels, going on our beaches using our water facility etc.
“But there is no doubt a very important opportunity for us in terms of developing the cruise liner visitor arrivals in Fiji.”

Growing quality
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said what is critical of course in order to continue with that or to grow it, was the need to ensure growth in the quality of the products.
“And the quality of the products obviously is your destination stop whether it’s Suva, Savusavu or wherever else you may want them to go to. At the moment some cruise liners stop over at Denarau Island in Nadi
“You have a large number of people potentially spending about six to eight hours at one port, so you have the potential to be able to have them to spend a large amount of money in a short time.”
“You can imagine if the average spend of a tourist is $150 and if you have 1500 of them getting off at Savusavu, you can do the math’s yourselves.
“And what an amount of injection of money in that small economy it can generate. But it would all be short lived, if we do not know how to cater for them or we won’t be able to realise the full potential of it if we are not able to understand what they want.”

The survey
The students present will work in the International Survey Unit of the Ministry of Tourism.
Acting Permanent Secretary for Public Enterprise and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, said the students will be briefed to gain general intelligence on cruise liner passengers coming into the Port of Suva.
“This is in an effort to develop this segment of the tourism industry, to know the likes and dislikes what places they like to go and visit,” he said.
“They will find out what they like to do in the eight and nine hours they spend in a port.
“What sort of facilities they would like to have so all these things/data will help us better cater for our visitors that come in through cruise liners.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the survey will not only help you to help the Government but also the students to develop their own skill sets as students getting into the tourism industry.
“Getting to know how they are thinking and of course that will help you with your various courses etc,” he told the students.
“But it does give you sound basis venturing into the tourism industry once you finish your studies.”
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