28 Apr 2009

Pitcairn Islanders eyeing possible tourist traffic

6:54 pm on 28 April 2009

Pitcairn Islanders hope to entice more visitors to their shores with the introduction of a new shipping service later this year.

New Zealand's Stoney Creek Shipping Company plans to offer a passenger-freight service from September.

51 of Pitcairn's 60 inhabitants are descendants of mutineers from the British naval vessel H.M.S. Bounty, who hid on the island to escape punishment.

The California-based Pitcairn Islands Study Centre director, Herbert Ford, says the islanders are now opening up their home.

"They've done a lot of things on the island to make it more attractive and yet at the same time to hold its historical and its remote place in the world. A lot of what they have done has made it easier for people to come onto the island with a new shipping service on hand."

Herbert Ford says it also includes more home stays and a museum.