Samoa poised to end joint venture with Virgin

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the five-month extension of the licence of the Virgin Samoa joint venture will give Virgin Blue time to prepare leaving.

Last week, the airline's licence was extended by the government which said this would allow for negotiations.

Tuilaepa says once the joint venture is wound up, the national carrier will be re-established.

RNZI reports the Virgin Samoa joint venture has lasted ten years.

In his radio address Tuila'epa said not enough tourists have arrived to make use of local hotels and he advised local hotel managers to consider lowering their room rates.