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First For North After Winston

Cruise liner, Pacific Dawn was the first cruise ship to stop by Savusavu following severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Carrying 2000 passengers, the ship made a port call to Savusavu last
18 May 2016 10:00
First For North After Winston
Pacific Dawn berthed at the Savusavu Habour last Friday. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Cruise liner, Pacific Dawn was the first cruise ship to stop by Savusavu following severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Carrying 2000 passengers, the ship made a port call to Savusavu last Friday.

Savusavu Trip N Tour organiser Edward Bower said the residents and business community were happy to receive visitors after a long break.

“When we saw the cruiser liner, we were filled with excitement,” Mr Bower said.

“The business houses in town, road side stall operators selling handicraft, clothes and assorted traditional souvenirs would all get a chance to make money,” Mr Bower said.

Organisers made arrangement with bus companies to transport the tourists for sightseeing in villages and key attraction sites around the Hidden Paradise.

Savusavu Tourism Association vice president Josaia Rayawa said even though the cruise liner was in Savusavu for only few hours, its arrival benefitted everyone.

“Many business operators got the opportunity to have direct contact with tourists and build relationships.

“They also encouraged them to visit Savusavu again,” Mr Rayawa said.

“Resort owners also indirectly benefitted from this vessel’s visit as some tourists choose to drop by for some relaxation or lunch.”

“The arrival of the cruise liner has once again brightened up the spirit of many and assured that the magic touch of the Hidden Paradise still exists,” he added.

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