New Caledonia's Belep Eyed As New Cruise Ship Destination

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Exploratory talks on how island would cope with tourism

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 21, 2015) – Talks have been held on Belep in the very north of New Caledonia about the island's possible inclusion of the region's cruise ship itineraries.

The territory's newspaper says exploratory talks took place between the company Kenua and traditional chiefs to gauge how the island would cope with an influx of tourists.

The report says there is concern that locals aren't used to seeing large numbers of tourists disembark.

It also says the plan is to ensure that the island can maintain its authenticity.

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