05 February, 2009

Queen Victoria's visit to Samoa a major boost to tourist numbers

Samoa's tourist arrival numbers are set to skyrocket on Friday of this week with Queen Victoria's much anticipated maiden visit to our shores.

The MV Queen Victoria, a 90,000 ton British passenger vessel of the famous Cunard Line is making it's first ever visit to Samoa this Friday 06th February 2009. Aboard the MV Queen Victoria on it's 'World Cruise 2009' are a combined total of 2827 visitors, made up of 1827 passengers as well as a crew of 1000.

The majority of the travelers are from Great Britain with other small groups from around Europe, the Americans and Asia as well as w few tourists from Australia and New Zealand. She will dock at the Port of Apia from 12.00pm until 6.00pm.  

To mark this auspicious event in Samoa's tourism history, Hon. Associate Trade Minister, Hans Joachim Keil will be making a special presentation onboard the vessel, on behalf of the Samoan Government to the Queen Victoria Captain.

Local cultural entertainment for the visitors will be performed by the CCS Faatoia Youth Dance Group. The Samoa Police Band will also provide entertainment. The shore excursions are to be carried out by local land tour operator, "Samoa Scenic Tours."

The Samoa Tourism Authority is working closely with the Pacific Forum Line Samoa Agency to ensure that the visitors enjoy their shore excursion while in the country.