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Ha’afuluhao gears up to various national celebrations to be held on the Island

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 19/04/2017

The people of Vava’u are in their festive spirit as they prepare for various occasions to be held on the island mid year.

This includes the celebrations of HM King Tupou VI’s birthday together with FWC’s conference.

Speaking to Radio and Television Tonga News, the Governor of Vava’u, Lord Fulivai says, the people are preparing in all aspects of life as they gear up for these occasions but particularly HM’s birthday.

He says, this is historical for the locals, because normally, big events such as HM’s birthday usually help here in the main island of Tongatapu, but for Vava’u to host this is a milestone.

He says, the first time for such occasion to be held out of Tongatapu to Vava’u in 2014, the locals were not only happy to witness these historical events but the island was benefiting from this economically especially boosting tourism. After these events and trade, they collected about TOP$4 million in just one month.

This excluded the selling of animals such as pigs, catches from the ocean and men’s crops.

In the tourism sector, Lord Fulivai says, the occasions usually happen during their tourism season, where tourists visit Vava’u for whale watching and others.

But when the occasions especially HM’s birthday usually happens at that time, it draws more attention of the tourists, as they witness these historical events especially traditional programs during the occasions.

However he concluded by saying that the people of Vava’u are ready and excited to welcome everyone to the island and at the moment they re focusing on the beautification of the land of the warm hearted.

Meanwhile Radio and Television Tonga News understands, officials from the Prime Minister’s office are currently in Vava’u to conduct various renovations of government’s quarters in Fangatongo.

This is part of trying to make Vava’u beautiful for the upcoming celebrations of HM’s birthday.

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