Samoa tourism

Tourism fuels rebound in Samoa

The country has shaken off the impact of Cyclone Gita in February 2018, which caused extensive landslides and flooding, and its economy could grow by 4.4% in 2019-20.

The International Monetary fund has praised Samoa’s resilience after a period of setbacks, although it has pointed to continuing economic challenges.

In a report taking stock of the Pacific state’s economic conditions, the Washington-based fund said growth was projected to rebound to 3.4% in 2018-19 after falling to a five-year low due to the closure of the Yazaki manufacturing plant.

Plea to help struggling Samoa tourism operators

The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, has also urged government to ask all financial institutions to hold off taking legal action against these properties until a solution is worked out.

The minister did not name the properties for which he was seeking financial relief.

Earlier this week the Development Bank of Samoa notified that the Orator Hotel and Moanalisa Hotel were to be sold at auction later this month.

Samoa Airways partners with Samoa Tourism and Expedia to promote Samoa

It comes just under a month out from when the airline first became accessible on Expedia, a one-stop travel shop for consumers looking for the best deals in travel experiences. 
“Expedia has traditionally been a significant producer of bookings for Samoa and with Samoa Airways’ availability on the popular online travel agency (OTA), reservations have flowed through”, said Chief Executive Officer, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala.

Samoa 2016 visitor numbers increase

The Samoa Tourism Authority says last year there were 145,740 visitors, a 4.8 percent increase on the previous year.

It says there was a 7.04 percent growth in earnings from tourism to $US155 million dollars.

The Authority says there was strong growth in Asian and European markets, but New Zealand continues to supply the most visitors, followed by Australia and American Samoa, according to a report by RNZI.


Samoa to develop new combined agritourism strategy

 A workshop underway in Samoa has brought together over 70 experts to discuss new agritourism development in the country.

The workshop is promoting the sustainable use of local food by tourist operators.

Kelera Cavuilati from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation says it's the first time the sectors have worked together.

Samoa likely to exceed 150,000 visitor arrivals mark in 2016

Based on growth to date, it is projected that total visitor arrivals will exceed the 150,000 mark in 2016.

Samoa’s Holiday and VFR markets which make up 68% of visitors for the Quarter continue to perform strongly recording growths of 11% and 15% respectively.

The Business and Sports category also recorded solid growths with the exception of the ‘Others’ category remained stagnant for the period.

New Zealand continues to be Samoa’s biggest market and now contributes 43% of our visitor arrivals achieving net growth of 3% for the quarter when compared to 2015.

Samoa tourism chief calls on government to get airline going

RNZI reports the CEO was speaking at a World Bank event in Sydney and said access had been the biggest issue for Samoa since Polynesian Airlines stopped flying to New Zealand, Australia and other Pacific locations.

Since 2011 Samoa had operated flights with Polynesian Blue, a joint-venture between Virgin Airlines and the Samoan government.


Samoa tourism looks to reassures visitors after cyclone

According to RNZI, the message comes as authorities fear a negative impact on visitor numbers as experienced by Vanuatu post Cyclone Pam in 2015 and more recently Fiji after Cyclone Winston.

"Tourism is the backbone of Samoa’s wealth," Tourism Minister

The portfolio was previously held by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Diverting tourists away from Samoa could be motive behind misinformation on the zika virus

Information coming from the overseas media especially New Zealand claim that the zika virus has gone viral and is an epidemic in Samoa.

“It is suspected that this false information is the work of tourist promoters who wants to divert tourists away from Samoa,” Tuilaepa told the media in Apia .

The Minister of Tourism said Samoa should be concerned about such false information because it will affect the tourism business locally.