Giant cruise liner visits Neiafu

The Pacific Aria arrived in Neiafu’s Port au Refugee habour this morning March 10  bringing nine-hour cash injection to the islands’ economy.

The cruise liner anchored at  Talaufanga at 7:30 am where the passengers were transferred on cruise tender boat to the wharf.

The Tonga Tourism Authority said they were “very happy with everybody’s contribution to the Vava’u Cruise Boat Steering Committee for a successful operation looking after the passengers from the cruise boat”.

The liner which carries a maximum of 1,700 passengers and  560 crew with nine guests deck visited Nukuʻalofa yesterday March 9 before it headed for Vavaʻu.

“Big thank you to the Vava’u Tourism Association for the cleaning up and picking rubbish yesterday in Neiafu and everybody that helped. Tonga Tourism Authority working goal is to draw more cruise boat into Port Neiafu in the near future,” Tonga Tourism Board Chairman Tomifā Paea said.

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Tourists are welcomed in Vava’u. Photo/Tomifa Paea

“Tourism is everybody business, the cooperation  from Taxi Drives, Bus Driver, Water Excursion Tour, Tour Guide, Handicraft Venders, security from Marine & Ports, Pacific Forum Line, EM Jones, Ministry of Fisheries in Vava’u and Vava’u Fishing Council made us all proud to show our beautiful Island and the people of Vava’u”, he dadded.

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Passengers were transferred to the wharf by tender boat. Photo/Tomifa Paea

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