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Traditional village and bula train railway to boost Lautoka tourism

Plans are underway to build a new tourist attraction near the Abaca Waterfall in Tomuka, Lautoka. Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Administrator, Mohammed Salim, told Newswire they will be creating a replica of a 200-year-old traditional village just one and a half kilometres from the Abaca waterfall. The interesting thing is the Ancient Village, […]

Peni Shute

February 9, 2016 9:19 am

Plans are underway to build a new tourist attraction near the Abaca Waterfall in Tomuka, Lautoka.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Administrator, Mohammed Salim, told Newswire they will be creating a replica of a 200-year-old traditional village just one and a half kilometres from the Abaca waterfall.

The interesting thing is the Ancient Village, about 200 years back, your phone will be taken away, your watch will be taken away and you’ll live in that village for a night in that 200 year old year style with no water, electricity only the sanitation system will be modern but it still will be covered.

We want to build 30 to 40 bures at this moment, and a big club house, and it is very interesting because if you need water, you need to go to the waterfall. There will be fire in the central, the bonfire light will come to the bure, just imagine 200 years old here.

Mr Salim said that he also has plans to build a “Bula-Train” Railway, they are working hard on the projects within this year and plans to have them up and to run by the end of the year.

We are concentrating more on that and we are concentrating on the railway, the “Bula-train” railway from Lautoka to Matua village and from Lautoka to Nakualuve Village, it’s decorated in a way that it’s Fijian style and goes taking the tourists to the village in a traditional way, there they will be welcomed like that.

Mr Salim said the project would cost over a million dollars. He said that tourism has a significant economy, and they are focusing on the tourism side of things.

We are still negotiating and talking with the village, we have seen the site, and we have visited the site. Mr Flavio Pasoni an Italian guy, he runs a business in Lautoka and Nadi, his designing things. And he is helping the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce as a work to do, we want to create and build strong local economy.

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