Today marks the final day of the joint efforts by a group of New Zealand veterinarians brought in Animal Protection Society to assist their attempts in collaboration with the Samoa Tourism Authority to control the problem of stray dogs.
The vets together with the help of STA’s team and members of the Police Force spent the whole month of July capturing and putting down stray dogs and de-sexing and providing medical attention to family cats and dogs.
This vigilant team of workers carried out clinics and dog capturing throughout the town area from Vaiala to Mulinuu (05-09 July 2010); in Tufuiopa to Fagalii (12-16 July) and Maagiagi and Lalomanu, Aleipata from the 19-23 July. The team then headed to Savaii this week to carry out the same program.
The specialist team also held popular animal desexing clinics in the said villages allowing pet owners the opportunity to bring in their pet dogs and cats to be sterilized free of charge.28 July, 2010 permalink
A KAITI School contingent has returned home from Samoa, sunned and “buzzing” over the Pacific Island cultural experience.
Teacher Viki Lee said “dreams do come true” if you want something badly enough and the Kaiti School Samoa group proved this by raising $30,000 in 12 months for their trip.
“Seeing the faces of the children light up when taking off in the plane was just priceless. For some children this was the first time any of the children had ever been on a plane.
“I am hopeful this will be the first of many wonderful overseas adventures for them all.”
While the group basked in the sun, swam with turtles and slid down amazing rockslides during the holiday, loved ones left at home in Gisborne sat huddled near their heaters keeping a wary eye on the wet weather and flood warnings.
“Oh to be back in the sun. It was a glorious 29 degrees all week. We couldn’t have picked a better time to get away from the pouring rain in Gisborne,” said Ms Lee.
A highlight for the children involved a friendly soccer game in the warm tropical rain with Lalomanu School.
Kaiti School gathered together and sent over hundreds of canned food items to these Samoan children who almost a year ago were coming to grips with tsunami devastation.
“It was a great way to show how our little bit of aid helped support the children they met and played with.”
Other good times included visiting the markets, sleeping in open fale (a thatched hut), taking part in Siva (a traditional dance) and a ride on the old-fashioned wood-interior buses with no windows.
“Many of the tourists commented on just how well our children were behaved. Our tamariki made us very proud. Our parent helpers said they would take them anywhere, as they were just perfect.”
Ms Lee said the children’s eyes were opened to a new world and they were appreciative of everything they saw, smelt and touched.
“The trip gave our children an opportunity to put key competencies into action in real-life situations, including self-management and relating to others in a new environment.
Ms Lee said the trip would have only been a pipe-dream if it were not for the support of the school’s whanau and the wider community.
SOURCE - Gisborne Herald Online
Tourism Minister, Honourable Misa Telefoni wants visitors to pick Samoa as their first choice.
Not because of problems in Fiji.
“Samoa’s marketing is focussed highlighting Samoa’s natural beauty, our unspoilt culture, and the generous and welcoming spirit of our people,” said Misa Telefoni. “Our product is unique,” said Misa. “We prefer our visitors choose Samoa because they really desire to experience our unique beauty, ambience, environment and culture - not because of our neighbours’ problems or expensive charges!” he said.
new properties have opened up lately, such as Tanoa Tusitala, Moanalisa
Hotel and others - and our properties and services are improving all
Misa’s comments came after a New Zealand Herald story in the weekend. It warned Samoa and Cook Islands could benefit because of overcharging of visitors and lack of spending on infrastructure in Fiji.
In the meantime coups have not removed Fiji as the favourite island escape of Aussies and Kiwis, the newspaper said.
Source: Samoa Obserever
The number of visitors travelling to Samoa for sports events may still be small but it is slowly making a significant contribution to the total number of visitor arrivals to Samoa .
In the first half of this year, Samoa has seen a number of foreigners travel here to witness or participate in various sporting events at the international level, with the likes of rugby, tennis, netball and swimming to name a few.
This week, Samoa hosts the 2010 SIFA Samoa Masters International Golf Tournament at the Le Penina Golf Course from the 07-10th July 2010. This event is estimated to bring in more than 30 international golfers alone from around the Australasia region, not taking into account those that will be travelling to Samoa just to watch the tournament that is currently in progress.
Such sporting events have been the contributing factor to the increase in Samoa’s visitor arrival numbers throughout the past few years for sporting purposes, despite the decline in total number of visitors to Samoa as seen in the first quarter of this year. The past years from 2007-2009 show an increase in the number of sports visitors from 368-391 individuals and the beginning of this year has shown that the number of sports visitors from January-April of this year has increased in comparison to the same months last year.
While not major figures, the increase is a supportive indicator to the tourism industry of its efforts to attract more visitors to our shores.
The Government is encouraging Samoa through its local sporting bodies to continue to host such sporting events with the hopes of not only increasing visitor numbers but also creating more positive publicity for Samoa to the outside world.
Tourism contributed 30% of Samoa’s total earnings in the past financial year.
The Samoa Tourism Authority is happily getting its hands dirty to help clean up some of the tsunami affected villages.
Through a joint project with the United Nations Development Program, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the villagers from the targeted villages, STA in the form of its National Beautification Committee team, have made great progress in dressing up the landscape of Mutiatele, Aleipata, one of the villages affected by the tsunami last year.
The village’s roadside yards that were was once barren and stripped of beauty now boast of vibrant and colorful gardens after a strenuous 9 day makeover transformation that was led by NBC’s own garden expert, Su’a Frieda Paul and the energetically physical assistance from STA’s Beautification team.
Today marks the end of the Mutiatele segment of the Project. From here, the green fingered team will move on to make the same transformation in Malaela.
These efforts are made possible under the UNDP and Government funded Early Recovery Project which aims to provide recovery and long-term development support for communities in line with its priorities now and for the future.02 July, 2010 permalink
The Samoa Tourism Authority is joining forces with the Animal Protection Society (APS) and the
Ministry of Police to combat the recurring problem of vicious stray dog attacks.
The most recent complaint through a Letter to the Editor in the recent Sunday Samoan (Observer) by a tourist couple that claimed they were attacked by stray dogs during their visit to Samoa, has prompted STA and its partners to move on creating a necessary solution.
The end result: this month, a group of animal specialists from New Zealand will be joining the efforts by the local authorities to control the dog problem.
These vets will be assisted by members of the said authorities in capturing and putting down stray
dogs that are found around the town area from Vaiala to Mulinuu next week (05-09 July 2010).
This process will then be carried out in Tufuiopa to Fagalii the following week (12-16 July) and Maagiagi and Lalomanu, Aleipata from the 19-23 July. The team will then head to Savaii for the last week of July to carry out this necessary activity.
The specialist team will also be holding animal desexing clinics in the said villages that will coincide with the ongoing dog control project, to allow pet owners the opportunity to bring in their pet dogs and cats to be sterilized free of charge.02 July, 2010 permalink
The Tanoa Tusitala Hotel opened its doors to Samoa and the world yesterday, 01 st July 2010.
Chairman of the Tanoa Hotel Group, Mr. Y P Reddy shared in the first 2010 Bula Tanoa Newsletter which quite aptly celebrates this momentous occasion, that the ‘1st July will go down in the history books given that on 18th September 2009 we (Tanoa Tusitala) had overcome a large fire which only delayed our work, but your encouragement, support and concerted effort has been an inspiration to me and my family and through your enthusiasm and belief, the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel dream has been realized.’
Though only officially opened yesterday, Tanoa Tusitala has been accommodating guests for more than a week now. The Oceania Swimming Championships resulted in 59 rooms being taken up. Tanoa Tusitala was the proud venue of the welcome cocktails for this event which saw a hundred or so invited guests enjoying the new bar and poolside.
According to the Tanoa Hotel Group website, the Tusitala ‘is presently being completely refurbished to a 4.5 star international standard and will retain a look and feel reflecting key elements of Samoan architecture and culture.
The guest rooms which are 98 in total, will be between 34 sqm - 40 sqm and offer double and split king bed options, with 2 very generous suites to complement the accommodation options. All guest rooms are fully air conditioned and offer an excellent standard of comfort and amenities.
The hotel is ideally suited to meet the needs and expectations of a myriad of different markets and its large conference, display and banqueting facilities make the hotel an ideal venue to host international conferences, product launches, seminars and receptions. It is a perfect 'home away from home' for the discerning business travellers as well as having real appeal to families wishing to visit or holiday in Samoa.02 July, 2010 permalink
The newest features to be on display and for sale at the Samoa Booth, housed in the World Expo 2010’s Pacific Pavillion, include SAMOA Water and Wilex Body Oil.
The Noni Juice supplied by CCK and Nonu Samoa is also available for purchase. The popular CCK Honey has successfully sold out and the Samoa Team is awaiting another supply of Honey and other unique Samoan products expected in the next container from Samoa.