15 October, 2009
Tsunami in Samoa postpones TIDES '09
In the aftermath of the recent earthquake and subsequent Tsunami that devastated parts of the Samoan Islands it has been agreed by all parties concerned that TIDES 2009 should be postponed until February 2010.
At this stage we are proposing new dates of 10 -13 Feb 2010. Please mark your diaries accordingly and we will confirm new dates as soon as possible.
In the interim PATA will work with the Samoa Tourism Authority and other related agencies to review the current needs in order to prioritise their recovery strategy. Our actions in this area will be captured and detailed as a new feature in the TIDES 2010 extended programme as it will become, in effect, a living case study in support of our efforts to assist Samoa regain its strength and position.
Any confirmed registrations held to date for TIDES 2009 will be regarded as valid for 2010 unless you advise us otherwise. We will of course keep you fully informed of our plans and changes to the event programme so please stay with us and be ready to recommit to TIDES 2010. Your support for TIDES will play a pivotal role in assisting Samoa recover from these tragic circumstances.
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