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Major plans for old capital

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, June 29, 2013

THE Levuka Town Council is working closely with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect and beautify natural resources on Ovalau.

The move follows Levuka's listing by the UNESCO last weekend as a World Heritage Site.

"By doing this it can mean that Ovalau will have natural parks and marine resources that will support the heritage of the town and allow the tourists added value when visiting the port town," Levuka Town Council CEO Suli Sandys said.

"Agriculture has improved and now we can buy fresh fruit and vegetables. With the increase in tourism there will be more demand for the villagers to increase their supply to the hotel, home stays, schools and villages who so often billet tourists on day and weekend excursions."

Ms Sandys said they hoped to see visitor numbers increase in the next few months.

"At the moment the bigger chunk of Levuka tourists are locals who are revisiting, family and school reunions, sports, and school excursions.

"With the heritage listing, it will attract a special group who are interested in tracing the whereabouts of their ancestors or those just interested in the local history of the place."

According to the 2007 census, Levuka Town has a population of 1131 and a peri-urban population of 3266.





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