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Handicraft item makers happy with cruise liner visits

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HANDICRAFT makers who depend on tourism for their income are positive about good business this year.

The good days of their business started last week when the first cruise liner Sun Princess brought to Savusavu tourists that spent a lot on handicraft items.

The vendors, in an interview yesterday, shared how women made good profit from selling their handicraft items within three to four hours.

Vendor Irinieta Matia said this year started off on a positive note.

She said compared to last year where only one cruise ship visited Savusavu, vendors like her struggled to make ends meet.

She said the vendors and women from villages of Cakaudrove set up stalls in town to sell their items from.

"It was a successful day for many of us because we never got this kind of profit throughout last year," Mrs Matia said.

"We were not the only women sitting at the stalls to sell our items.

"There were some from villages in the upper end of Cakaudrove and they travelled all the way to Savusavu to make use of the visit. Last year, we never earned this kind of good money because we only got a cruise liner in the beginning of the year and that was it."

Mrs Matia said handicraft vendors depended on cruise liners and tourists for income.

"Last week, some women earned $300 while those who sold more stuff earned $500. It is the first time for us to earn such high money within a few hours of selling handicraft.

"That is the kind of money we can earn in three weeks when there is no cruise liner.

"The women from Cakaudrove earned good money as well."

Mrs Matia said the business has helped them support their families over the years.

Other women who sold handicraft items from their villages in Savusavu have also considered themselves blessed especially with visits from cruise liners expected for Savusavu this year.

The second visit will be this weekend.


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