AN increase in tourism rating for the Capital City has resulted in more cruise liner visits.
Suva special administrator Chandu Umaria said the citys rating in 2010 was 47 per cent but increased to 62 per cent last year.
He said this rating was prepared by tour operators and based on the tourist attractions, cleanliness, crime and shopping.
In 2010 we had only 14 or 15 cruise liners visit Suva, he said.
Last year the number rose to 22. Fifteen cruise vessels have visited Suva in the first half of this year and we expect 30 by the end of the year.
We also had eight unexpected visits following the recent flood in the Western Division so those trips were diverted to Suva.
Mr Umaria said the council was working with retailers, hoteliers and the police to keep its rating up.
We are trying to make it more clean and ensure no one harasses the tourists, he said.
Regular meetings are held with retailers to ensure the shops are open when the cruise liners come in and that there is fair trading. We are slowly getting there.
Mr Umaria appealed to members of the public to keep the city clean and friendly.