29 October, 2010

TSUNAMI AFFECTED BEACH FALES TO RECEIVE NEW ZEALAND HOUSE OF TRAVEL (HOT) DONATIONS

A select number of Beach Fale Properties that were affected by the 29 September 2009 Tsunami will benefit from HOT donations to assist them in their post tsunami recovery processes.

In a special ceremony that will take place at the STA Cultural Centre, today, Friday 29th October 2010 at 6pm, the New Zealand House of Travel (HOT) will present financial assistance to the tsunami affected Beach Fale Properties that are a part of its clientele.

Following the tsunami, the House of Travel (HOT) outlets in New Zealand raised funds to help with the rebuilding of the beach fale operations that it works closely with.  The NZD$16,000 that was raised, came about through a united drive by the HOT network across New Zealand.  These funds will be presented to the selected beach fale operators this evening by HOT in collaboration with the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, also the Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni:

Taufua Beach Fales - NZ$4000.00
Sea Breeze Resort - NZ$4000.00
Faofao Beach Fales - NZ$2000.00
Litia Sini Beach Fales - NZ$2000.00
Namua Beach Fales - NZ$2000.00
Anita’s Bed & Breakfast - NZ$2000.00

House of Travel is New Zealand’s largest privately owned travel firm, competing in a highly competitive travel booking market.  It is also one of the major travel trade partners of the Samoa Tourism Authority and the local travel industry.

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR

At the conclusion of this presentation, the Government through the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour will distribute its yearly assistance to the Private Sector.  This financial contribution is part of the Government’s Annual grant towards Administrative Support of the Private Sector.  

The Deputy Prime Minister distributed a total of SAT$100,000 particular Private Sector Bodies as set out hereunder:

Women in Business Development Inc - $40,000.00
Samoa Chamber of Commerce - $17,500.00
Samoa Association of Manufactures and Exporters - $12,500.00
Samoa Hotels Association (SHA) - $12,500.00
Samoa Crops Cooperation Association for Exports Inc (SSCA) - $ 7,500.00
Samoa Mamanu Design & Manufacturers Inc - $ 5,000.00