BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
THE Pacific Eden, which is becoming a regular to Gizo is scheduled for the township on Monday, August 13.
And, Gizo is bustling in preparation to make the visitors feel welcomed and at home during their eight-hour stopover.
Western Province Chief Tourism Officer Jefferson Patovaki told Island Sun Gizo yesterday that this would be the cruise liner’s seventh visit to Gizo.
Patovaki said a welcome ceremony for the tourists will be held in front of the Gizo Hotel area. He said tourists will experience a traditional welcoming ceremony.
Patovaki said Gizo is prepares to offer the visitors some of the best diving, clearest water and best coral in the world with World War ll historical sites and a lot of tourism sites like Saeragi Village, Epanga Island, Sanbis Resort, Fatboys, Imagination Island, Kennedy Island, Naru, Oravae Cottage and other surrounding Island include Gizo Hotel are prepare to welcome tourists.
Pacific Eden is one of the biggest boats in the Carnival Australia franchise. The mega cruise boat carries approximately 2200 passengers.
Patovaki says, “This year highlights are our Traditional Cultural Show from the Gizo Community High School (GCHS) at the Gizo Netball Court Stadium to entertain tourists.
“Tomoko a traditional war canoe will escort the first tender to the shores at 8am to be greeted by a warriors welcome, followed by short speeches to be presented by representative from Carnival Australia.
“We will close the section of road that begins here at the MSG building to the BSP building, as it would only allow for pedestrians and a brief welcome ceremony will be stage here in front of Gizo Hotel upon the landing of the first tender boat.”
He said boat drivers, taxi drivers, volunteers, and craft vendors will act as tour guides.