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TOURISTS GALORE IN SAMOA
Apia's streets were jammed last week with tourists from the cruise ship Sea Bourn Son, which brought 550 tourists to Samoa. The five star luxury liner began its around the world journey in San Francisco. The South Pacific leg of its journey will cover Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
It was the vessel's third visit to Samoa. According to vessel spokesperson Captain Perkins, Samoa could be in for a surprise this year, the world's largest cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II could be making a trip to Samoa later this year. Maps, and Places to stay in Samoa
(Source: Samoa Observer Online via SPTO, January 2002)
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT WEEK - from 1st November
Samoa is planning a National Environment Week starting 1st November 2001. The opening ceremony is at Palauli on the island of Savai'i. There will be displays at the Tooa Salamasina Hall.
GOLF OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - 3rd November
Samoa's Golf Open Championship Final will be held at Fagalii on 3rd November.Accommodation options in Samoa.
Samoan Arrivals still Increasing
Samoa has posted a tremendous 30% increase in visitor arrivals in July 2001 compared to June 2001. The first seven months (Jan-Jul) of 2001 saw 50,650 arrivals, representing an increase of almost 8% over the same period last year.
Holiday dominated the reason to travel in July providing 3,292 arrivals, bringing in almost 130 additional tourists. 'Others' in particular showed the greatest growth, increasing by almost 13% and bringing in additional 186 visitors to Samoa in July. The VFR sector brought in more than 160 additional visitors while the Sports and Business sectors decreased by 49% and 30% respectively.
American Samoa brought in majority of more than 500 additional tourists over July 2000. NZ, Australia and USA in contrast, experienced negative growth of 1%, 4% & 17.1% respectively. Other increases were noted from Japan 18.3%, Other Asian countries 5%, Scandinavia 1.1% and Fiji 1%.
(Source: Samoa Visitors Bureau, via SPTO, September 2001)
Samoa rewards its most beautiful villages
The five most beautiful villages in Samoa were named recently during a Samoa Visitors Bureau National Beautification Program awards ceremony. Each village received a certificate and a check from the beautification committee, which is made up of representatives from various government departments. More than WS$ 40,000 (US$ 11,616) was spent on prizes, the bureau said. Winners were Manase, Leusoalii, Leauvaa, Lalomalava-Safua-Vaisaulu, and Faga-Siufaga. The contest began in the 1990s to help promote tourism.
(Source: Samoa Observer, via SPTO, September 2001)
Increased Tourist Arrivals to Samoa
Samoa Visitors Bureau is pleased to report that in May 2001, tourist arrivals were significantly up by almost 12%, from 6,597 in 2000 to 7,359 in 2001 and a tremendous increase of 20% in comparison to April 2001. The biggest growth was seen in the “Business” sector, an increase of 31.2%.
Overall tourist arrivals from Jan-May 2001 noted another remarkable increase of 13%. Out of the 33,363 tourists visiting Samoa in the first five months, 34% visited friends and relatives, 31% on holiday vacations, 19% on related business activities, 14% visit on other unidentified purposes and the remaining 2% visited for sporting activities.
The major market areas for inbound tourists include American Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, the United States of America, Cook Islands, Germany, Canada, Other Pacific Islands and Benelux. Statistics for May registered a high proportion of male tourists (55%) than female tourists notably in the 25-64 age groups. A total of 87,688 tourists visited Samoa in 2000.
(Source: Samoa Visitors Bureau via SPTO July 2001)
Samoa enjoys tourism boom
Tourism earnings in Samoa rose significantly mainly as a spill-over effect of the crisis in Fiji and Solomon Islands, says an economic report released by the Central Bank of Samoa. Tourist arrivals jumped by 34 per cent in July 2000, following a 15 per cent increase in June. Earnings expanded to $15.8 million from $11.6 million in June. German visitors increased the most, up by 125 per cent, whereas British visitor arrivals increased by 47 per cent. Several major events such as rugby matches, regional conferences and the International Camel Trophy were switched from Fiji to Samoa.
(Source: www.pacificislands.cc via SPTO January 2001)