13 October, 2009

Tourism Industry and Government take joint rehabilitative step forward

Samoa’s Tourism industry met with Government representatives today, Tuesday 13th October 09 to discuss how to effectively move forward from the Tsunami which hit Samoa on the 29th September 2009.


Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni Retzlaff stated that the Meeting was to allow both Government and the Industry a time together to plan the future of Tourism and the rehabilitation process.


The Meeting was very favorable for all participating parties as it provided the opportunity to exchange queries and advice on assistance required and recommended for the affected properties.


Kolone Vaai & Associates (KVA) Consult Ltd is currently carrying out on behalf of Government, a Rapid Assessment of the Impact of the Tsunami on the Tourist Accommodation Businesses and the implications on the Tourism Sector.  The Final Rapid Assessment Report is expected to be due in November 09.


This Report according to the Hon. Tourism Minister “will give Government a clearer picture of what Government has to provide in form of further assistance”.


Government has also approved ST$500 Thousand to boost the Samoa Tourism Authority’s Marketing Initiatives that have restarted, with the sole focus of telling the outside world that albeit the recent tsunami and its effects on the South South East Coast of Upolu, ‘it’s still business as usual’ here in Samoa.