Cruise Ships Rake In $9.1Million

The port of Suva received $9.1million in cruise ship earnings in 2016. This was revealed by Kenua Fiji Port Agency Manager Leone Naivalu. He said that cruise liners have great
07 Feb 2018 11:00
Cruise Ships Rake In $9.1Million
One of the tw cruize liners, Pacific Princess berth at Kings Wharf on February 6, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The port of Suva received $9.1million in cruise ship earnings in 2016.

This was revealed by Kenua Fiji Port Agency Manager Leone Naivalu. He said that cruise liners have great impact on economic activities in Suva.

Mr Naivalu disclosed the earnings following the arrival of two cruise vessels – Sun Princess and Pacific Princess at the Port of Suva the last two days.

The two vessels departed yesterday.

Sun Princess calls into Savusavu today and will be berthed at Lautoka tomorrow for the day.

Kenua Fiji is the local agent for both vessels. This year the local agent is expecting 132 cruise vessel visits into the Ports of Suva, Lautoka, Denarau, Dravuni and Savusavu.

“Cruise vessels have great impacts on economic activities at any port of call taking into consideration the spending activity rated per/call,” Mr Naivalu said.

“The number of  cruise liner passengers for 2016 was 170,652 and average length stay of passengers was one day.

“When a cruise liner berths at Port of Suva an average total of more than 600 visitors are in the capital city.

“Each tourist has a per diem of $69.61 on which they can use their allowances in buying souvenirs, a tour around the capital city and other necessity items.

“Then majority exceed that and that means a lot of money is spent here.

“So whenever a cruise vessel is at the Suva port more than $300,000 is raked in, in a day.

He said tourists were well provided with information on Fiji.

“Dissemination of information is an imperative part of our role and also Tourism Fiji for the marketing aspects that draw tourists to our shores,” he said.

“The cruise ships that we represent are well informed of Fiji and activities.

Links are also established on websites and newsletters.

Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Peter Mazey said cruise liners have been contributing adequately to our economy.

“When a giant cruise liner berths at Suva Port for example close to 1000 tourists crowd the streets of Suva to buy souvenirs at the local retailers and to those who line up at Stinson Parade of which most of them rely on the sales for their daily lives. A lot of the local shops make good sales when a cruise liner is in port,” Mr Mazey said.

Then there are other activities like touring the country side, visiting historical sites, visiting villages to experience culture etcetra.

Mr Naivalu said tourists use social media to share their views on the services provided in Suva and they use that information as feedback to improve their services.

“This is normally shared through social media platforms; feedback and also reports are submitted after each call indicating improvements that will need to be undertaken prior to arrival of the next cruise ship at Fiji Ports,” he said.

He said there were plans for developments by Fiji Ports to improve the security services at the Suva port.

“There are planned developments by Fiji Ports to improve infrastructure to this regard. With public participation we hope to disseminate important information,” he said.

“For security we are indeed grateful to the Tourist Police unit for their continuous support that they render to our cruise ships on every call,” he said.

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