P.M. closes Tourism Forum

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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SPEAKER: PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

SPEAKER: PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

The Samoa Tourism Forum ended on Thursday night with a small dinner at the Samoa Cultural Village Fale. Reverend Afamasaga Fuimaono blessed the event with a prayer before Caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi closed the two-day event.

(Enjoying Some Local Taula) Wang Xue Feng the Ambassador of China, Frank Ding the Secretary to Chinese Ambassador

(Enjoying Some Local Taula) Wang Xue Feng the Ambassador of China, Frank Ding the Secretary to Chinese Ambassador

“I have been informed that you have had invigorating forum discussions and we look forward to receiving the recommendations that you have arrived at,” he said.

“That will deem to provide a pathway to our achieving excellence and success for a dynamic tourism sector and supported tourism hosted community.” The P.M. also took the opportunity to launch the Tourism Areas Management Plans.

(R-L) Kaurras Lui, Lean Pepe Esera, Tina Faasii, Lydia Sini Toomalatai, Saleimoa Vaai

(R-L) Kaurras Lui, Lean Pepe Esera, Tina Faasii, Lydia Sini Toomalatai, Saleimoa Vaai

“It is also a pleasure to launch the tourism development areas management plans this evening. A project that is committed to the enhancement of the resilience of tourism reliant communities to climate change risks.

Faamatuaina Suifua, Alexandra Maulii, Josephine  Solomona, Brianna Bertnam, Rob Sam, Dwayne Bertten

Faamatuaina Suifua, Alexandra Maulii, Josephine Solomona, Brianna Bertnam, Rob Sam, Dwayne Bertten

“It is being implemented by the Samoa Tourism Authority with financial assistance from the global environment facility through U.N.D.P. The project will be in line to help develop 5 tourism areas to assist with providing adaptation measure

(Enjoying Some Local Taula) Wang Xue Feng the Ambassador of China, Frank Ding the Secretary to Chinese Ambassador
(Enjoying Some Local Taula) Wang Xue Feng the Ambassador of China, Frank Ding the Secretary to Chinese Ambassador
(R-L) Kaurras Lui, Lean Pepe Esera, Tina Faasii, Lydia Sini Toomalatai, Saleimoa Vaai
(R-L) Kaurras Lui, Lean Pepe Esera, Tina Faasii, Lydia Sini Toomalatai, Saleimoa Vaai
Faamatuaina Suifua, Alexandra Maulii, Josephine  Solomona, Brianna Bertnam, Rob Sam, Dwayne Bertten
Faamatuaina Suifua, Alexandra Maulii, Josephine Solomona, Brianna Bertnam, Rob Sam, Dwayne Bertten
Lia Siitia, Malaefono Taua, Tapu Tuailemafua, Peta Siulepa and Adele Kruse
Lia Siitia, Malaefono Taua, Tapu Tuailemafua, Peta Siulepa and Adele Kruse
Maugaoali'i Fa'amanu Mualia, Muliagatele, Paulino Pania, Fa'animo Reti Warren
Maugaoali'i Fa'amanu Mualia, Muliagatele, Paulino Pania, Fa'animo Reti Warren
Valeli Fu'a and Aruna Lolani
Valeli Fu'a and Aruna Lolani

“The management plans identify and prioritize adaptive measures for tourism management planning for 5 tourism development areas.

Lia Siitia, Malaefono Taua, Tapu Tuailemafua, Peta Siulepa and Adele Kruse

Lia Siitia, Malaefono Taua, Tapu Tuailemafua, Peta Siulepa and Adele Kruse

“Building on the community’s vision and integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management guidelines.”

This project will aim at small business operators in the tourism industry.

Maugaoali'i Fa'amanu Mualia, Muliagatele, Paulino Pania, Fa'animo Reti Warren

Maugaoali'i Fa'amanu Mualia, Muliagatele, Paulino Pania, Fa'animo Reti Warren

“The plan focuses on small to medium tourism operators and also on the host communities that have brought these businesses and which they operate,” Tuilaepa said. “Some of the measures may be implemented with funding connected to this component of the project under a small grant scheme.”

Valeli Fu'a and Aruna Lolani

Valeli Fu'a and Aruna Lolani

The launch of these tourism development areas will in time develop to producing enhanced tourism products which will be introduced in next year’s forum.

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