Curtain falls on Tourism Exchange 2016

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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Lemalu Patricia Sevele, Raz Gilchrist, Ariana Taufao (Miss Samoa) and Ramona Su’a Gilchrist

Lemalu Patricia Sevele, Raz Gilchrist, Ariana Taufao (Miss Samoa) and Ramona Su’a Gilchrist

There was one thing evident during the closing of the Samoa Tourism Exchange (S.T.E) 2016 on Thursday night. That is Samoans really do know how to throw a party.

Hosted by Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort; both buyers and sellers of this year’s event were shown a good time courtesy of the team at the Samoa Tourism Authority. 

Olivia Rogers, Sharma Smith, Rebecca Goodin and Paula Libscombe

Olivia Rogers, Sharma Smith, Rebecca Goodin and Paula Libscombe

The S.T.E was a 2 day event at the Samoa Conference Room, T.A.T.T.E, where trade and media representatives from around the world met with local operators for product updates, selling tips and experience properties for themselves.

The task of officially closing the event was given to the Minister of Tourism, Lautafi Fio Purcell.

“Tonight we come together to officially close the Samoa Tourism Exchange 2016 and as we do so we look back on the 2 days of trading and 5 days of beautiful Samoa,” he said,

“We hope that everyone had a good time both in business and in leisure.

Olivia Rogers, Sharma Smith, Rebecca Goodin and Paula Libscombe
Olivia Rogers, Sharma Smith, Rebecca Goodin and Paula Libscombe

“Tonight is about celebrating the partnerships that we have established and the ones we have renewed.

“Tonight we thank all the STE buyers and sellers for ensuring the success of this event in terms of coordination and sponsorship of our tourism stakeholders.”

Lautafi also took the opportunity to launch the new S.T.A communication handbook.

“We hope that those who had the opportunity to visit and experience what makes our beautiful Samoa a unique destination to visit and enjoy,” he said.

“It is an occasion worth celebrating, and it is upon this celebration that I am delighted to officially launch the S.T.A communication strategy for 2016-2020.

“This document will ensure that the dissemination of tourism intelligence that is useful to the sector is at your finger tips.”

Lautafi continued with giving the final words of the event.

“We thank everyone for coming to the S.T.E 2016 and for everyone’s continued support of our tourism industry, we look forward to showing everyone our best services that we offer,” he said. “So on that note I would like to declare the S.T.E 2016 officially closed.”

Each of the S.T.E foreign visitors received a small Tanoa as a gesture of gratitude for their presence in Samoa.

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