Nadi, 17 June 2022 – The Fijian Government, through the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) has announced the resumption of the cruise ships market into Fiji.
Prior to the pandemic, international cruise ships berthed in Fiji several times a year and significantly contributed to visitor spend and arrival stats. According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, in 2019 the cruising market brought in 74,000 visitors through Fiji’s three ports in Lautoka, Suva and Savusavu.
The cruise ship segment is crucial for boosting small and medium sized enterprises or SMEs too and directly benefits the local Fijian community. Already Fiji is blessed with the boutique cruise industry based here in Fiji, and this addition of large ships, cements Fiji as a strong destination for cruising. Agreeing with this sentiment, Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill said Tourism Fiji welcomes the resumption of cruise ships to Fiji.
“These large ships contribute money directly into our economy and what’s even better – they support SMEs and help rural economies in Fiji to grow and earn a living. We are absolutely thrilled that once again Fiji has worked together to make things happen for our tourism industry, and will continue to work closely with MOH, CRMT and other stakeholders to further promote safe cruising in our markets,” Mr Hill said.
A Fiji Cruise Study report published by IFC states that in 2018, cruise companies, their passengers, and crew spent FJ$44.2 million (US$21.4 million). The report highlights these cruise ships not only directly benefit to Fiji’s economy but indirect through five major sectors: general retail, food & beverage and hotel, transport, tours and entertainment and specialist tourism retail.