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Visitor numbers increase

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 28, 2013

HOTELIERS in the North are experiencing an influx of visitors during this festive season.

Charan Jeath Singh Group of Companies official Aaron Singh said they recorded 100 per cent occupancy at the Friendly North Inn and the Grand Eastern Hotel in Labasa.

Mr Singh said visitors had to be turned away because both hotels were fully booked.

"It has been a good year so far for us and we attribute this to the various government capital projects currently underway in the North and families who have travelled from around the country and abroad to spend Christmas and new year with their beloved ones in Labasa," he said.

Savusavu Tourism Association president Justin Hunter said business had been good for hotels in the area as well.

He said they recorded a peak in visitor arrivals to hotels in Savusavu during this period.

"The majority of the hotels have been recording a lot of bookings at this time of the year, which is uncommon," he said.

"We recorded a low turnout in the past years because Christmas and new year was a time for people to be with their families and this affected hotel bookings.

"Our local flights booked for Savusavu have been bringing in quite a generous number of visitors."

Former Taveuni Tourism Association president Allen Gortan said they had been receiving a lot of tourists from New Zealand and Australia.

"Tourist arrivals have been really good at this time of the year and business has been good so far for hotels on the Garden Island," he said.