Inadequate infrastructure and facilities at key Fijian tourism ports are barriers to Fiji cruise tourism

Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2019

Inadequate infrastructure and facilities at key Fijian tourism ports are posing as barriers to cruise tourism in Fiji.


Fiji Ports Corporation Limited CEO Vajira Piyasena said that while the two major ports continue to receive calls from cruise ships and cargo vessels, the challenge remains that the size of the port is not capable to cater to two large ships at once.


Piyasena said that sometimes when a cruise liner is berthed at the main port, cargo vessels have to wait out at bay since tourists are given priority.


He added that major ports in Fiji serve as multi-purpose ports and so, there needs to be a separate cruise ship terminal from a cargo vessel port.


Air Terminal Services Pacific General Manager Leigh Howard said, “With the current trends we’re seeing obviously bigger capacity ships that are coming to port and with limited infrastructure, transport logistics becomes a bit of a problem. We need to first look at how we can rectify those challenges.”


Tourism Minister Premila Kumar said that the lack of information provided onboard cruise liners and onshore is adding to the issue.


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