Marginal increase in Tonga cruise ship arrivals this year


<p style="text-align: justify;">Tonga is expecting a small increase in the arrival of cruise ships this year over 2012. This year, 17 cruise liners will arrive on its shores against last year’s 15.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">More ships are scheduled this year following the opening of the new Vuna Wharf in December 2011, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Though the bulk of cruise liners calling at Tongan ports come from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States of America, this year a cruise ship from Italy, the Costa, is expected to berth in Nuku’alofa in November. Some of these cruise ships are expected to visit Tongan ports twice this year.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Acting CEO of the Ministry, Moana Taukolo, told media that a new wharf and cruise steering committee in place would help to develop Tonga as a cruise destination. Of the 17 cruise ships, 13 will call in Nuku'alofa, five to Vava'u and one each to Niuatoputapu, Niuafo'ou and Ha'apai.</p>
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