17 November, 2008

STA Governance & Planning Project

Samoa Tourism Authority is continuing its first round of Consultation Workshops for the local tourism industry from the 13th-17th November 08, inviting an operative cooperation of  ‘all of Government all of Industry’ for the improvement of Tourism.

The Hon. Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni Retzlaff who gave the Opening address at the first round of Consultations at Hotel Millenia on 17th November, with regards to tourism in Samoa, stated “we’re sitting at crossroads and we need to know where to go from here.

The three month Project will be focusing on three inter-related components which include:

1.        Tourism Legislation Review

2.        Development & compilation of the TDP 2009-2013, and

3.         Tourism Economic Impact Study - Stage 1

Three Consultants are working effectively with STA to obtain and utilize the necessary feedback from the stakeholders.  The Project Team consists of Leader, Cam Charlton, Director of Kleinhardt Business Consultants, Legal Consultant, Graham Powell; and, Economic Consultant, Naomi Tuioti of Kolone Vaai & Associates (KVA).

Two consultation workshops for the private sector took place at Hotel Millenia in Apia and at Saleapaga’s Faofao Beach Fales for Upolu as well as a workshop on Savaii.  Discussions with the public sector take place this week.