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Aho­tel, to be built in the pic­turesque site of Abaca near Lau­toka City could have all the set­tings of liv­ing 200 years ago. That is the plan by the Lau­toka Cham­ber of Com­merce who will be­gin talks with landowners of Abaca next week to make the site one of the tourist at­trac­tions.

The pro­posed ho­tel will have all the set­tings of an­cient Fiji, in­clud­ing the serv­ing of food, dress wear and liv­ing. There will be no use of mo­bile phones, in­ter­net or lux­u­ries of mod­ern times. Cham­ber ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mo­hammed Salim, said this one of the many projects be­ing un­der­taken to keep tourists in the sugar city when cruise lin­ers call in to Lau­toka.

At present, be­cause of its lim­ited at­trac­tions, tourists are en­ticed by tour op­er­a­tors to travel out of Lau­toka to visit places of in­ter­ests and also do duty free shop­ping in Nadi. Mr Salim said their hands were tied as they could not stop op­er­a­tors tak­ing cruise liner pas­sen­gers to Nadi and the only way to stop that was to in­crease the at­trac­tions in Lau­toka. “We need to keep the tourists in Lau­toka and that is why we have a tourism com­mit­tee who have plans ready to be im­ple­mented.” Also pro­jected was the pro­posed mu­seum, mul­ti­pur­pose hall and Olympic size swim­ming pool to be built where the Botan­i­cal Gar­den is. Mr Salim said the com­mit­tee would also meet with the new own­ers of Saweni BeachA­part­ment Ho­tel to make it a cul­tural stop while of­fer­ing wa­ter sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties for tourists. Lau­toka will see the ar­rival of the No­or­dam cruise liner this week­end.

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