27 January, 2010

Samoa tourism booking spring back

Posted at 03:50 on 27 January, 2010 UTC

A major travel agent in New Zealand says holiday makers’ confidence in Samoa after the tsunami has picked up, with more bookings made this year than at the same time last year.

After the tsunami that swept over parts of Samoa’s south coast and destroyed homes and resorts, many travellers cancelled or postponed their bookings.

But House of Travel’s retail director, Brent Thomas, says numbers have since risen.

“The good news is that Samoa has got back on track. We’ve seen bookings from the start of this year stronger than at the same time last year. So that’s fantastic for the Samoan people. It looks like it’s business as usual and tourism being their biggest earner is back on track.”

Brent Thomas says most holiday-makers spent their holidays in areas un-affected by the disaster.

SOURCE: Radio New Zealand International (www.rnzi.com)