LAUTOKA City missed out on a golden opportunity when it failed to take advantage of the economic benefits of the yachting industry.
This was the view of veteran yachtsman Jack Hargreave who has been sailing to Fiji since 1967.
Mr Hargreave believes the recent establishment of Vuda Marina Fiji as an approved boarding station for international yachts is a clear indication of the number of yachts that frequented the Western Division.
"I think it's an advantage for the point of entry for yachts," said Mr Hargreave of the new accreditation.
"It has made it easy for the yachts to come in because they bring a lot of money to Fiji and Vuda is a place where a lot of boats go to.
"It has a lot of facilities and it's close to where Lautoka City is but at the same time, I feel Lautoka missed a golden opportunity with the yachts because they could have easily ... while seeing the development of Denarau ... they could have set up something similar at their own port by cleaning up the soot collected from the sugar mill and they could have set up their marina there."
He said Lautoka City fathers would have benefitted a lot from this.
"I feel they are missing out because they would have gotten a lot of money out of these boats. Other places like Denarau and Vuda are going to gain from this.
"I feel that Denarau would have been worthwhile if the same thing applied to Denarau as well because of the facilities it has but good on the owners of Vuda for getting it first," Mr Hargreaves said.