Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Build it and they will come

from w
There's talk about bigger and greater wharves in Suva - with a view of larger crowds of tourists flocking to spend their money, be cheered up by the smiling people. (ha ha) But is this a reality? Build it and they will come? I wonder.

Decentralization in Fiji would be a better way to go. Spread the development in many parts of Fiji - Savusavu, Labasa, and other places instead of Suva. Tourists will come to Fiji - if the planes run on time, if there is word-of-mouth advertising with good travel experiences, if the local people not only smile but are satisfied with their lives. Don't just dream on about more money from tourism. Be resourceful and be self-sufficient with local food supplies etc. And be seen to be consistent and stable in leadership.

In Melbourne there's a huge argument at present about the proposed dredging of Port Phillp Bay so that even larger container ships can access Melbourne, whereas there's already a deep port at Hastings - Western Port Bay. The proposed dredging will upset the ecology of the bay and cause great destruction to the habitat of fish. Getting bigger just ain't the answer.

From Fijilive today:
$500 million wharf planned for Fiji
23 JAN 2008
A new wharf to replace the existing Queens Wharf in Fiji’s capital, Suva is being eyed to host cruise liners in future. The wharf, expected to cost around $500 million, should begin construction next year and will be in full operation in 2012, says Captain Cris Marshall, the chief executive of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited.

Marshal explains that the container yard at the Queens Wharf will be moved to the Rokobili site at Walu Bay to accommodate the changes. “Rokobili should be fully operational as a shipping wharf by 2012 and we are looking at gradually developing it into a major container terminal after the wharf is being built.” He adds that the Kings Wharf in Fiji’s second city, Lautoka will also be turned into a cruise ship facility, hosting shops and other services to tourist.

“Take for instance the Darling Harbor in Sydney where at one time that place was a huge shipping area and now the only ship you’ll find there are passenger ships and all the rest of the land has been developed into restaurants and shops.

“That’s the kind of concept we want to achieve here in Fiji in the next three to four years.”

With 550 port of calls in the South Pacific and about US$33 million spent by these tourists on shores, the cruise segment of the tourism industry in Fiji is expected to create a lot of commercial activities in Suva City.

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