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Cruise Ships Continue To Boost Our Economy

Five more cruise ships are expected to visit Savusavu Harbour for this year. And these arrivals are expected to boost the economy of the Hidden Paradise town as it has
07 May 2017 11:00
Cruise Ships Continue To Boost Our Economy
The Golden Princess at the Savusavu Harbour. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

Five more cruise ships are expected to visit Savusavu Harbour for this year.

And these arrivals are expected to boost the economy of the Hidden Paradise town as it has done over the years.

“These cruise ships certainly provide a significant boost to our local economy and people. They are a direct source of foreign exchange for the people of Savusavu,” the Savusavu Tourism Association and Chamber of Commerce President Justin Hunter said.

“The sheer numbers of visitors provides a huge economic stimulus for our local vendors, retailers and tour guides and a significant boost to our transport sector who take many visitors on scenic trips around the greater Savusavu area.”

He said that they continued to try and attract more cruise ships to visit their town because of the economic benefits it entailed.

Alisi Ralava, a handicraft seller who has benefitted from these arrivals said this was a major income earner for her who came out to sell their products during these visits.

“Business is good and having to sell to the tourists is something we always look forward to,” Ms Ralava said.

“We are able to rake in a respectable amount from the arrivals of these cruise ships and that is why we make a point to set up our tents during these times.

“We recently had two ships over and we look forward to some more during the year.”

The first two arrive was the Paul Gauguin on April 26th followed by the Golden Princess on April 29th.

Mr Hunter said: “We appreciate any and all visitors who come and support our people and community.”

EDITED BY: SELITA BOLANAVANUA

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj



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