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Winston Fails To Stop Tourist Ships

A total of 10 cruise liners visited the Port of Suva since Tropical Cyclone Winston. Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya confirmed this to SUN SHIPPING yesterday, as
23 Mar 2016 09:33
Winston Fails To Stop Tourist Ships
Cruise Liner Albatros berth at Kings Wharf. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

A total of 10 cruise liners visited the Port of Suva since Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya confirmed this to SUN SHIPPING yesterday, as a record of eight cruise liners made calls to the ports of Suva and Lautoka in the past three weeks.

Mr Koya revealed that a total of 10 cruise ships are scheduled for the month of March, eight had arrived so far. This he said was a positive sign, especially for the local businesses and the tourism industry, following TC Winston.

The resumption of Fiji cruise itineraries will help restore local business operations and income from cruise tourism.

“The arrival of cruise vessels has boosted the cruise tourism industry. So far, we have been receiving vessels every week,” Mr Koya said.

“The arrival of cruise ships to our shores has proven that Fiji is still the best place to visit. It is still safe even though we went through a hard time after damages done by TC Winston. We still continued to keep our Bula Spirit alive, which has captured tourists from all over the world,” Mr Koya said.

He said that a favourable number of cruise vessels that reached our shores were a good sign for the tourism industry.

The Minister said the downfall so far is the fact that tourists weren’t able to visit Savusavu because its port was partially damaged.

“The loss of lives, properties, loved ones had driven the nation to a standstill but it did not take away the true Fijian spirit and their Bula smile, therefore, it had driven many cruise ships to the Port of Suva and Denarau Port making Fiji the best place to visit.”

Cruise liners that have visited the Ports of Suva and Lautoka this month included; MS Dawn Princess, MS Legend of the Sea, MS Marina, MS Seabourne Odyssey, MS Pacific Aria, MS Albatros, MS Carnival Legend, MS Voyager and MS Carnival Spirit.

 

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