New committee to boost Vavaʻu tourism

A new committee known as Vavaʻu Cruise Boat Steering Committee has been elected to improve and encourage Vavaʻu tourism.

As the Fiji new air services are expected to give Vavaʻu tourism a substantial lift starting next month, the new steering committee has been given the duty of finding ways to increase the number of cruise ships coming to Vavaʻu.

Chairman of Tonga Tourism Authority Tomifa Paea said: “The Cruise Boat arrival into Vava’u has declined in the last 3 years as no such committee was in charge to make sure the Cruise Boat arrival is secure, safe, clean” and visitors are warmly welcomed.

He said Tonga Tourism Authority  (TTA) has planned that for the next two to three years any cruise ships coming to Tongatapu would have to call at Vavaʻu.

This year only eight cruise liners out of 19 scheduled for Nukuʻalofa would visit Neiafu.

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Meeting to select Vavaʻu Cruise Boat Steering Committee. Photo/Supplied

Paea said he “was happy to see the energy and enthusiasm from the operator wanting to do something to help build tourism in Vava’u”.

“With the Fiji Airways new international flight route Nadi/Vava’u this opens up Vavaʻu  to the rest of the world”, he said.

The newly elected Vava’u Tourism Association Executive Officers:

1.  President –  Mr. Calvin  Schumaker ( Aquarium  Cafe )
2.  Vice  Pres. –  Ms. Amber  Bowe ( Mounu  Resort )
3.  Secretary  –  Mrs. Beth  Black  ( Mafana  Island  Beach  BPkers. )
4.  Treasurer  –  Mrs. Caryl  Jones ( Jones  Business  Services )

Other  members
1.  Mrs. Sandy  Cieslinski ( Vava’u  Adventures )
2.  Mrs. Vaasi  Kupu ( Hill-top  Hotel )
3.  Charles  ( South  Pacific  Sea  Adventures )
4.  Mrs. Tupou  Tua ( ‘Utulei  my  Tongan  home )
5.  Mrs. Brenda  Cox. ( Endangered  Encounters )
6.  Mrs.  Setima  Hanif ( C’scape  Adventures )
7.  Mr. Allan Morey ( Vava’u  Boat-yard )

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