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By Ashwini Prasad

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 1) – Fiji will soon get its first entertainment theme park, complete with thrill rides, water recreational areas and snack outlets.

The FJ$40 million [US$25.5 million] investment is expected to generate about 300 jobs, says Horizons Investment Pty Ltd director, Yoav Ida.

The company plans to build the park in Yako Village in Nadroga before the end of next year.

[PIR editor’s note: Nadroga is a Fiji province located in southwestern Viti Levu, which includes the island’s tourism center, the Coral Coast. The main town in Nadroga is Sigatoka. ]

Mr Ida said the Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau had approved its business license and from construction to when the park became operational, about 300 people would be employed.

The state-of-the-art water theme park is the company's pilot investment project.

Mr Ida said an area of 20 acres of native land belonging to the tokatoka Uluimaqa of Yako Village had been identified.

Land surveys were at an advanced stage and progressing well.

He said when completed, the Nawai water theme park will provide a child-friendly entertainment and recreational centre specialising in the latest water thrill rides and supervised entertainment facilities catering for children from as young as 10 months. The facility will include water-related rides and other entertainment arrangements including thrill rides for children of all ages, leisure areas, beach-like swimming pools and snack food outlets. The complex will include rest areas but no accommodation facilities.

Mr Ida said the water theme park was designed by Alan Griffith, a world renowned architect who designed the Wet n Wild' theme park in Surfers Paradise and other theme parks.

Mr Ida said the design stage was estimated to take three months to complete.

Work would begin within three months after all licenses and permits have been granted.

He said the company was interested in investing in Fiji because "we sincerely believe that the potential for developing business in Fiji is promising, regardless of which government is in power. We have the will and the entrepreneurial skills to coordinate investment projects, including this one, and the resources to fund it".

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