ABOUT 3600 passengers on board the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship arrived in Lautoka yesterday.
They were able to take advantage of the extended closing hours of Lautoka shops which resulted in a boost in sales.
Lautoka Chamber of Commerce administrator Mohammed Salim said the entire Lautoka community rallied behind the stakeholders to boost business and welcome the visitors.
"We have seen everyone getting involved to help the tourists, from buses to taxis and shop owners," he said.
"Everyone is involved and now that we have a tourism committee, they are constantly organising new things to keep the tourists occupied.
"We have organised meke and other performances in the city centre."
This isn't the first time that the Voyager of the Seas has berthed at Lautoka Wharf.
Mr Salim said the cruise liner had called into the city previously
"This is good news for us and we hope more tourists come in."
The visitors also took the opportunity to visit Denarau and islands in the Yasawas and Mamanucas.
Tuyet Le of Melbourne, Australia, said it was exciting to come to Fiji.
"And I can't wait to visit the islands," she said.
"This is my first time in Fiji and it is a beautiful country. The weather is beautiful and I can't wait to share this experience with my family."