By Charlina Tone
Samoa's newest tourist attraction officially opened on the Apia Marina waterfront, has officially opened.
Shoreline Village is a locally designed complex that dons everything from bars and restaurants to a money transfer company.
Project Managing Director, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo said the $750,000 project caters for the tourism industry. “Several companies were asked by the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) to submit investment proposals and we were selected,” said Fonotoe.
The main criteria being that the development must cater to tourists especially cruise ship passengers.
The project encompasses three spacious bar and restaurant facilities, two over –the-water decks and nine business spaces for businesses hoping to set up there.
Contractor Muliagatele William Caffarelli, of VW Construction, said the project took almost seven months to complete.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said such developments are needed to stimulate the tourism industry. “It is important to encourage this kind of promotion and development particularly to beautify our water frontage so that it will create a peaceful environment for tourists to get together and admire the sunset,” said Tuilaepa. The Prime Minister congratulated his Deputy, Fonotoe and everyone who contributed to making Shoreline Village a reality.
There might be a second phase to the project, depending on how well this initial development goes Fonotoe said they are looking at possible accommodation units, but that might be further down the line. There is also the option of building upwards.
“In saying that, we are also looking around for other properties in the vicinity.”
Members of the business community, friends and relatives of those operating businesses in the new complex witnessed the official opening.
Source: Samoa Observer