THE Fijian Government is looking to increase the capacity of the country’s two major cruise ports, hoping to cater to larger and more frequent ship visits.
At the Fijian Tourism Expo held in Denarau last week, the country’s Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya said consultations on infrastructure upgrades were underway with port authorities and the private sector.
“Because there’s a big interest in Fiji as a cruise destination — last weekend we had two ships in Suva at the same time — the first thing we are doing is the development of the ports to facilitate them,” Koya said.
“The main thing is that we get the actual ports right,” he said.
“It’s not just government, there are private entities interested in developing the port infrastructure also, but it’s all in discussions at the moment.”
Koya said efforts would focus on Fiji’s two largest ports – the capital Suva on the east coast of the mainland Viti Levu, and at Lautoka on the west coast.
“Ships are getting bigger and bigger by the day,” he said.
“So we need to be aligned with that,” he added.