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More Cruise Vessels, Ratings Up, Opportunities Available

Suva’s tourism ratings has improved and is resulting in the number of cruise ships coming into the capital city. This was confirmed by Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria
28 Oct 2014 11:56
More Cruise Vessels, Ratings Up, Opportunities Available
Holland America Line’s Oosterdam coming into Port of Suva. Insert Chandu Umaria. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

Suva’s tourism ratings has improved and is resulting in the number of cruise ships coming into the capital city.

This was confirmed by Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria who said they anticipate more cruise vessels for the remainder of the year.

“Before all the tourists ships used to go to Lautoka or other islands, but now they have come to Suva, because our ratings have gone very well,” Mr Umaria said.

“I must say this with pride that in 2010 our ratings was 52 per cent and today it has gone up to 100 per cent.

“Suva is going through changes for the best as you will have lately noticed some upgraded and refurbished amenities of the council in and around Suva.”

The council is enthusiastic to give Suva City, a facelift in terms of cleanliness and beautification.

“As you may have seen such facelifts along Queen Elizabeth Drive such as the Picnic Park, Seabreeze walkway, gardens, the Terry Walk Walkway beside the Nabukalou Creek, public conveniences, etc.”

The capital is currently experiencing a hive of activities from tourists who are passengers of these cruise liners, he said.

Per visit, there are close to 2000 passengers onboard most vessels and over 900 crew onboard.

“From January, 30 cruise ships berthed on our port and we have yet to see another 13 ships to berth in the port of Suva by December 2014.

“The berthing of cruise ships into the port of Suva has given the community a new life and creates opportunities for entrepreneurs.

“They can establish new services and products or facilities that would not be sustainable based on the local population of residents alone,’ he said.

Further to that, the council has had discussions with a tourist boat company Princess Yasawa which has chosen Suva as one of their destinations for tourist visits.

“We are also discussing with Captain Cook Cruises to bring the tourists from Port Denarau to Suva.

“Hence, Suva will be seeing more tourists in the coming future which is a sign of a healthy economy for the city and the nation as a whole.”

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