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Lau Opens Up To Tourism

The Lau Group plans to cash in on the tourism dollar in the next few years. Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu said developing tourism in the Lau Group was part of
05 May 2015 13:44
Lau Opens Up To Tourism
Students of Cicia High School line up to recieve their lunch. Photo: Ana Sovaraki

The Lau Group plans to cash in on the tourism dollar in the next few years.

Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu said developing tourism in the Lau Group was part of their long-term plans.

He said this could be a solution to the absence of permanent employment and livelihood for the people in the province.

“There are a lot of resources on the islands, particularly untouched beauty for tourism and other development opportunities on the island that can be exploited for economic growth,” Mr Moroivalu said.

He said Nabavatu Estate on Vanuabalavu was currently a good example of a niche tourist destination in the Group.

The estate provides special shelter for international yachts that seek refuge from bad weather when passing through the Lau Group.

The estate was formerly owned by a former Governor of Fiji, Sir William Allardyce (1901-1902), and is currently owned by Tony Philp, a former windsurfing world champion and Olympic sailor turned businessman.

“For that reason we have been working on Vanuabalavu to become a port of entry,” Mr Moroivalu said.

Mr Moroivalu said developing Lomaloma as a port of entry would provide opportunities for growing business on Vanuabalavu.

“It will provide an enabling economic environment for the locals and tourists, perhaps at the same time we will develop Vanuabalavu airport to provide a link and also a system of working together with islands surrounding Vanuabalavu as a tourism destination, a transportation system like we have in the Yasawa’s,” Mr Moroivalu said.

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