25 Jun 2013

World heritage listing result of 30 years hard work: Levuka council

9:09 am on 25 June 2013

The Chief Executive of the Levuka town council says the town's listing as a world heritage site is terrific news for both Levuka and the rest of Fiji.

The historic town, formerly the country's capital, was listed by UNESCO in Cambodia over the weekend, to the delight of the Fiji contingent in attendance.

Suliana Sandys says the listing is the result of decades of hard work by the people of Levuka.

"It's terrific, people are still trying to get it to sink in you know, it's taken almost 30 long years. People are shaking hands with one another. Our phone hasn't stopped ringing really and for those who have been working long and tirelessly, they're on cloud number 9 must say."

Suliana Sandys says she expects tourism to the town, on the eastern island of Ovalau, to increase significantly as a result of the announcement.