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Ali: Cruise Tourism Here On Increasing Trajectory

As our tourism industry continues to soar to new heights, cruise tourism despite being a small part of this, is on an increasing trajectory in Fiji. The Permanent Secretary for
15 Sep 2015 10:53
Ali: Cruise Tourism Here On Increasing Trajectory
Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali.

As our tourism industry continues to soar to new heights, cruise tourism despite being a small part of this, is on an increasing trajectory in Fiji.

The Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, confirmed the first half of this year has seen a 12.4 per cent (52,948) increase.

Therefore, he has stressed the need to take advantage of the potential that exists in the cruise tourism sector.

Mr Ali was speaking as he opened the Pacific Cruise Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2019 consultation workshop at the Tanoa Hotel Plaza in Suva yesterday.

The workshop was organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

Mr Ali believes the Pacific Cruise Tourism Development Strategy will assist in the development of cruise tourism strategies.

He also feels it will enable Governments, industry players, donors and development partners to implement appropriate strategies and policies that encourage further growth in cruise tourism.

Mr Ali said in order to stimulate growth in the cruise tourism sector, investments will be required in local infrastructure, services such as high-end or designer shopping facilities, to name a few.

“This will ensure an increasing percentage of the earnings are retained in country,” he said.

“Therefore, we see this programme as a step in the right direction, that is, getting the key stakeholders involved to develop a very important regional strategy.

“Unfortunately, this is one of the few in-country consultations held in Fiji.

“However, it is still not too late and the attendance in numbers by our stakeholders is evidence of the importance of this strategy.”

Mr Ali therefore urged SPTO to take on board comments and feedback from the Fijian stakeholders in order to improve the strategy and give them ownership of the document.

 

Cruise tourism

Mr Ali indicated Pacific island destinations are seeing remarkable growth from 2012 to 2015 in the number of cruise ship calls.

“It is expected that approximately 127 different Pacific destinations are anticipated to receive cruise calls this year,” he said.

“Cruise tourism contributes to the health of a nation and its communities in three ways.

“Economically – through spending, purchasing and employment, socially – through showcasing and preserving the culture and developmentally – through the upgrade of infrastructure and services.”

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 

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