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Boost for tourism

Shayal Devi
Thursday, January 24, 2013

IN a move from the conventional, Nadi-based Pacific Institute of Technology has introduced a new agro-tourism program that will showcase the rich diversity of Fijian culture.

Called Heritage Hamlet Fiji, it will make traditional food, games, head massages, body art, dances and mud baths as part of the attraction for visitors.

The initiative is the brainchild of the chairman of the Pacific Institute of Technology, Subhas Chandra.

"The Heritage Hamlet will showcase culture, cuisine and celebrations, a unique farm tourism project," he said.

"We are planning to bring the best of culture of both countries, Fiji and India, with the rural cuisine mixed with celebrations.'

Mr Chandra said the project attracted overseas investors.

"We are creating a platform for all our people to come and show their hidden talent to international markets and tourism which will give them a lot of prosperity, fame and satisfaction," he said

At the foundation-laying ceremony yesterday, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests Colonel Inia Seruiratu said the project would preserve and encourage village art and culture.

He said the complete farm tourism was a first of its kind in Fiji.

The project which opens on March 15 is expected to cost about $2million and will employ about 50 people.