‘Su­per Yachts Pro­duce Huge Eco­nomic Value’

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama while an­nounc­ing the fur­ther ban of cruise ships in Fiji stated that mar­itime bor­ders were open for for­eign flagged ves­sels and su­per yachts.

In his Phase 2 of Fiji’s COVID-Safe Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery an­nounce­ment on Sun­day, he said there were re­quire­ments to be ful­filled by trav­el­ers be­fore they would be al­lowed into ports.

“Around the world, yachts and plea­sure craft are look­ing to re­turn to Fiji. This is es­pe­cially true now, with New Zealand cur­rently in the win­ter sea­son,” Mr Bain­i­marama said.

“As those in our hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor know, these ships par­tic­u­larly su­per yachts pro­duce im­mense eco­nomic value for Fiji.”

The Eco­nomic Im­pact of In­ter­na­tional Yacht­ing in Fiji 2018 re­port pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween AMSTEC Pty Lim­ited, Port De­na­rau Ma­rina, Vuda Ma­rina and the Fiji Of­fice of Mar­ket Devel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity stated that the 4473 yachties that ar­rived that year in­jected $34.9m to the econ­omy.

Fiji will also be es­tab­lish­ing safe “blue lanes”, open to yachts and plea­sure craft sail­ing to Fiji but the re­quire­ments are strict.

The Port De­na­rau Ma­rina is the only port of en­try will be Port De­na­rau Ma­rina.

“If this pi­lot project is suc­cess­ful, we will con­sider ex­tend­ing blue lanes to other ports and mari­nas,” he said.

“Those el­i­gi­ble to sail to Fiji fall un­der two cat­e­gories, both of which re­quire them to be tested in an­other coun­try be­fore de­part­ing. If their jour­ney to Fiji will take 14 days or longer un­in­ter­rupted at sea, once they dock in Fiji and show proof of a neg­a­tive test re­sult, every­one on board will be screened by the Min­istry of Health for symp­toms.

“If they’re deemed to be healthy, their yacht will be al­lowed to freely visit other ports through­out Fiji.

“Al­ter­na­tively, those with a jour­ney at sea shorter than 14 days will be re­quired to make up the dif­fer­ence in quar­an­tine once they dock in Fiji at their own cost.

“So, say they spend eight days alone at sea they will then be re­quired to pay for six days of quar­an­tine in Fiji, af­ter which they can be cleared by a neg­a­tive test re­sult, also at their own cost.”

Mean­while in­ter­est has been ex­pressed in us­ing the Pa­cific for travel, main­te­nance, and stock­ing in the build up to the 36th Amer­ica’s Cup next year, in which Fiji could be used as a safe “park­ing lot” un­til the start of the start of cy­clone sea­son.”

In­ter­na­tional cruise ves­sels had been banned from en­ter­ing Fiji on March 15 and this con­tin­ues un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama

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