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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fiji Visitors Bureau urged to go North

The Fiji Visitors Bureau should consider directing 15% of its promotional work on Vanua Levu, the National Economic Summit heard yesterday in Suva.

A group discussing international trade and services called on Government to treat as urgent the need to facilitate tourism development on Vanua Levu. The group discussed among other things, the need to encourage the culture and heritage aspect of tourism, the level of leakage of earnings from the sector, the quality of food and consistency in supply of local vegetables and fruits and the need for local municipalities to develop cultural centres in small towns and develop archeological sites.

One comment that was made by another attendee at the Summit was that the Summit had failed in that it had not addressed the size of the civil service on matters dealing with civil service reforms.


At 2:21 PM, Blogger David Stanley said...

I agree that the FVB should be doing a lot more to promote the "friendly north." But visiting Vanua Levu just got a lot easier and less expensive with the launching of a new fast catamaran service from Lautoka to Savusavu by Beachcomber Cruises. The Drodrolagi II will leave Lautoka very early every Saturday morning, arriving in Savusavu around noon, then heading back to Lautoka the same day. An intermediate stop will be made at Ellington Wharf opposite Nananu-i-Ra Island. Air Fiji and Sun Air have become very expensive, and with the Beachcomber ferry, at least they've got some real competition!


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