Call for more sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to at­tract tourists

The Fiji Times - - BUSINESS FEATURE - By SI­TERI SAUVAKACOL­O

TO at­tract more tourists into Lau­toka, we must pro­mote sport­ing groups since we have fa­cil­i­ties such as Churchill Park to cater for the de­mand.

This was the view of Tanoa Ho­tel Group area gen­eral man­ager Narend Ku­mar.

The ho­tel, lo­cated along the fa­mous Ma­rine Drive over­look­ing the Lau­toka Har­bour, is the only ma­jor fa­cil­ity which plays host to ma­jor pub­lic events and tourists alike in the Sugar

City.

The fa­cil­ity — a part of the grow­ing Tanoa Group of ho­tels — con­tin­ues to bloom as busi­nesses slowly ex­pands in Fiji's sec­ond cap­i­tal.

Mr Ku­mar, who has been with the group for the past 11 years, ex­plained the room num­bers con­tin­ued to in­crease be­cause of the grow­ing pub­lic de­mand.

“I have been with the Tanoa Ho­tel Group for last 11 years and we have no­ticed an in­crease in busi­ness,” Mr Ku­mar said.

“In 2007 based on de­mand we added 26 rooms and an­other 20 rooms in 2014.

“Tanoa Wa­ter­front Ho­tel cur­rently has 92 rooms which is just enough to cater for the cur­rent de­mand … we have also ren­o­vated all rooms and ex­tended the gym to at­tract sports teams.”

The Lau­toka man be­lieved there needed to be more in­vest­ment on in­ven­tory if devel­op­ments con­tin­ued to ex­tend in Lau­toka. He stated that while Lau­toka may not have much tourist at­trac­tions the Wa­ter­front mostly banked its ser­vices on the three grow­ing seg­ments which are cor­po­rate, sports and con­fer­ence.

He stated the vis­it­ing friends and fam­i­lies mar­ket was also grow­ing but usu­ally sky rock­eted when Lau­toka played host to a ma­jor pub­lic event.

“We can also do more to the vis­it­ing cruise lin­ers in terms of ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Some cruise ships ar­rive on a Sun­day and we need to ex­cite them with Fi­jian cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr Ku­mar con­cluded.

Pic­ture: BAL­JEET SINGH

Tanoa Wa­ter­front Ho­tel staff mem­bers in Lau­toka.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Tanoa Wa­ter­front Ho­tel, a part of the grow­ing Tanoa Group of ho­tels — con­tin­ues to bloom as busi­nesses slowly ex­pands in Fiji’s sec­ond cap­i­tal.

Pic­ture: BAL­JEET SINGH

Ku­mar.

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