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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.