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Plans To Build A Traditional Village For Tourist Attraction

A new tourism attraction is soon expected   to be established a short distance from the Abaca Waterfall in Tomuka, Lautoka. Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry administrator Mohammed Salim confirmed they
12 Jan 2016 09:28
Plans To Build A Traditional Village For Tourist Attraction
Lautoka Chamber of commerce and industry administrator Mohammed Salim.

A new tourism attraction is soon expected   to be established a short distance from the Abaca Waterfall in Tomuka, Lautoka.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry administrator Mohammed Salim confirmed they will be building a traditional village just one and half kilometres from the Abaca waterfall.

“We are also working on building a rough road to provide access to Bula Buses that will transport tourists to the site which is a 20 minutes drive from the Lautoka City Centre,” he said.

Mr Salim said features of the new project would include a 200-year old theme with no electricity, ancient iTaukei living practices being observed and water will be sourced from the Abaca waterfall.

“Tourists will have the choice of staying a day or a week to get a preview of Fiji’s history in total isolation from the city life,” he said.

He said Global Premium Services Limited chairman, Flavio Pisoni, will be designing the site and will also be presenting the concept to other business stakeholders during the Chamber’s business forum this Saturday.

“The site will have one large bure at the centre with other smaller surrounding bures allocated for tourists to sleep in,” he said.

Mr Salim said they estimate around $700,000 to be invested initially in the project, however, there are plans to expand it further later on.

He confirmed talks have been held with landowners to keep them engaged in the progress of the project.

“We have decided that income will be going to the landowners to help them run the site and we are pleased to note they will be part of the Business Forum this Saturday,” he said.

“There will be traditional warriors guarding the site and we hope to capture the essence of Fijian customs through this project.”

He said the pricing for accommodation of tourists is yet to be confirmed.

“The Lautoka Chamber of Commerce will be working closely with tours groups so that when cruise ships are at the Lautoka port, tourists can visit the site,” he said.

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