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$5m tourist attraction

Jone Kalouniviti
Friday, April 25, 2014

APPEALS by the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce to the Lautoka community to find a way to contain the tourist dollars from visitors who arrive in Lautoka on cruise ships annually has been answered by a Tavakubu Village landowner.

Businessman Josateki Vuluma has offered 50 acres of his land in the Saru area for the chamber to develop and establish a $5million cultural village.

The chamber's commerce and industry administrator, Mohammed Salim, said Mr Vuluma's offer followed his plea through the media for stakeholders in Lautoka to find ways to contain the thousands of tourists who arrive monthly on cruise liners.

"It really pained me to see tourists getting off the cruise liners and making for Nadi's Denarau Island or the Yasawas because Lautoka had nothing to offer," said Mr Salim.

"With Mr Vuluma offering his land to be developed along the Saru back road, which already is a favoured picnic and relaxation spot, now has made a long time dream a realisation."

Mr Vuluma said the plan involved creating an authentic Fijian experience in the first spot, a 10-acre piece of land just past one of the picnic spots along the Saru creek embedded between lush forest cover.

"The other 40-acre piece of land, which is about 3km away, would be landscaped and designed in the likes of a village on the hills, which looks out into the Mamanucas on the horizon," he said.

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