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Sugar City impresses visitors

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

AUSTRALIAN Dianee Bell is impressed with Lautoka City.

Ms Bell, a passenger from Queensland on board the cruise liner Holland America Line that berthed at Lautoka Wharf yesterday, said: "I have been to Fiji four or five times but this is my first time here in Lautoka.

"I'm impressed with the condition of the city. It is very clean and tidy and the people are very friendly and welcoming."

Despite being a holiday yesterday, the city was a hive of activity as tourists danced away to the sound of music from shops.

"I love it here," said Yoland Weatherhead, who was with her family in a handicraft shop.

"This is our second time in Fiji and it's lovely to be back," she said.

"Everyone is very friendly. I wish we could stay longer but we can't because we came on a boat, but definitely we will be back in the near future."

The family later departed for Tavarua Island for snorkelling.

First timers to Fiji Karen Tusa and Janice Cherry said they were captivated by the reception of the Fijian people.

"We were schoolgirls together back in Australia and this is our first time to be in Fiji," said 60-year-old Ms Tusa.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce administrator Mohammed Salim said the arrival of the cruise liner boosted business in the city.

"The town looks lively despite it being a holiday and the shops are benefiting from the tourists," he said.

The cruise liner, which is carrying 1916 passengers, leaves for New Caledonia today.

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