23 December, 2016

Nominees announced for the Inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

The Nominees for the first ever Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards have been announced by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) based on surveys and inspections carried out by the Tourism Standards Committee and the STA Research and Statistics team. The Awards will kick start the New Year and will be held on 7th January.

Three nominees have been revealed for each of the 12 Awards categories, which reflect the various aspects of the Tourism Industry and Visitor Experience (as listed below).

National Tourism Excellence Award  

Return to Paradise Resort
Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
Seabreeze Resort

Best Accommodation   

Seabreeze Resort
Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa

Best Restaurant   

Paddles
Scalinis
Seabreeze Resort

Best Bar & Hangout

Ace of Clubs
Club X
The Edge Marina

Best Attraction Site   

Falealupo Canopy Walk
Lalomanu Beach
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Best Tour Operator   

Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
Dive Savaii
Seabreeze Resort

Best Car Rental   

AA Rent a Car
Blue Pacific Car Hire
Jetz Rents

Best Taxi Service   

City Cabs
DB Taxis
Magik FM Taxis

Best Airport Transfer   

Aga Reef Resort
Saletoga Sands Resort
Seabreeze Resort

Best Cultural Entertainment   

Saletoga Sands Resort
Samoa Cultural Village
Taufua Beach Fales

Best Elei Uniform   

Central Bank of Samoa
Ministry for Revenue
Ministry of Finance

Best Hygiene   

Aganoa Lodge
Amanaki Hotel (Restaurant)
Amoa Resort

2017 is designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards will especially celebrate the outstanding performances of those businesses which have been nominated.

The Awards have been judged by Visitors, who were surveyed throughout the year and the Tourism Standards Committee which conducted inspections during 2016. The survey and inspections were alluded to by the Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at the beginning of this year as part of the launch of Visit Samoa Year 2016.

The Inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards will take place at 7:00pm on Saturday 7th January at the Taumeasina Island Resort and tickets are available from the STA Head Office.

-ENDS-

For further information contact:
Su’a Hesed Ieremia
Communications and Liaison Officer
Samoa Tourism Authority
T: +685 63500 | M: +685 7247865 | E: hesed@samoa.travel