Monday, February 04, 2008

Sai Levuka ga, as the song goes

from w
Sai Levuka ga
Au namuma tu
Well, it just ain’t up there with the pyramids of Egypt but as far as Fiji goes, Levuka is one of my favourite places. I thought it already had a listing as a heritage site and already visitors go there in search of history, hospitality, and a good feeling. Our tauvu friends from there of course will really look after babasiga visitors anyway!
from today's Fijiradio news: Heritage site plan to boost tourism
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
A plan to list Levuka town as a United Nations World Heritage Site can boost the tourism industry in the country and the island of Ovalau. Director of Heritage and Culture Peni Cavuilagi told Radio Australia that Levuka Town and the surrounding areas can a tourist attraction once it is declared a World Heritage Site.

“In fact - in terms of tourism this will boost the tourism industry particularly the Ministry of Tourism also set aside Levuka as a heritage zone so that development can be done to protect the site, which is also a very attractive.

“In terms of tourism attraction and then will generate economic activities in the area and the tourism in Fiji as a whole,” he added. The Heritage and Culture department hopes that Levuka will be listed as a World Heritage Site by next year.

I've been to Levuka a few times and climbed up to the top of those pesky steps, but I do have a bone to pick with Levuka. Once upon a time we packed up dozens of boxes of beautiful children's books (including all of my own children's books) to send to St Mary's School Labasa, via the Uniting Church Mission Liason group. They somehow got waylaid and sent instead to Levuka! Not happy!

The photos here are from Dave Robinson and his superb set of photographs of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and Levuka can be found here.

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