Samoa tourism welcomes the world

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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SAMOAN SMILES: Priscilla Olano, Cleo De Catalina and Soraya May.

SAMOAN SMILES: Priscilla Olano, Cleo De Catalina and Soraya May. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

It’s officially opened. On Monday night, the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, welcomed the participants of the 9th Annual Samoa Tourism Exchange (S.T.E). 

The opening staged at Taumeasina Island Resort was attended by close to a hundred travel industry experts from Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, North America, Europe and Asia.

 “Samoa welcomes an average of 135,000 tourists per year and has selected to have a clear focus on the development of Sustainable Tourism which will engage both visitors and our people in appreciation of soft adventure and holidays founded on a thriving culture and a pristine environment,” said Sala. 

 “Tourism is everyone’s business and those who have registered here today have shown interest to draw up beneficial relationships with you.”

Peta Siulepa, Jill Taufau, Mahendra (Mike) Mahimkar and Vaelua.
Peta Siulepa, Jill Taufau, Mahendra (Mike) Mahimkar and Vaelua.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa with delegates from New Zealand at the opening ceremony.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa with delegates from New Zealand at the opening ceremony.
Lovely ladies networking and getting to know one another.
Lovely ladies networking and getting to know one another.
Minsiter of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati and Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.
Minsiter of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati and Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

The Samoa Tourism Exchange (S.T.E) is an annual gathering of travel industry movers and shakers and was established in 2008. 

A wide range of activities has been organized for the delegates during the three-day event. Local tourism industry members who will exhibit their products and services will also hold one on one appointment with the Buyers. 

Here are some more photos from the event.

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