Editor’s Note: The Samoa Observer Newspaper is starting a new feature of its daily paper today. The Dear Tourist pages to be published three times a week are designed to help boost efforts to promote Samoa as a tourism destination. On these pages, we will be talking to different tourists about what brought them to Samoa, what they love about our paradise and what can be done to make their visit a lot more memorable and enjoyable.
Samoa is paradise. Okay so it’s a little too hot and humid but for 69-year-old retired medical officer from Boston America, Elizabeth Wong, she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
The Samoa Observer approached Mrs. Wong yesterday while she was at the Samoa Cultural Village at the Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A.) compound.
She was just tasting her first green coconut.
“The taste of this coconut is really sweet, wow,” she said.
“Coming here today and seeing with my own eyes how to make the umu, it’s just great."
“It’s an eye opening experience, I mean learning about Samoan people make their own food, their own ways, it’s amazing.”
The best thing about the food is that it is all organic.
“Healthy, fresh and tasty food...words just can’t explain it."
“I am so thankful that I chose (Samoa) ... it’s one of the best places I’ve ever been to.”
The simplicity of life amazes the American visitor.
“Your people are living a very simple life...food is everywhere...breadfruits are everywhere...it’s just great and we would love to come back again for another visit.”
She said she wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Samoa to her friends and families.
“The green surrounding areas, the sea, I mean everything, your people should be thankful and grateful for the gift of life that you see everyday in your environment."
“The rainforest and lush green above it’s surrounding, the surrounding reef...beach fale accommodation on beautiful beaches."
“Personally, it’s very unique, your people have been blessed with rich environment and natural resources..."
“I’ve been to other countries too...but Samoa is very unique."
“We know that Samoa is celebrating its independence in the next few days, and be part of the celebration, is something that we’ll never forget when we go back to America and for the rest of my life."
“I’ll make sure to share this great experience of fun to my friends back at the State and tell them to choose Samoa whenever they think of a holiday.”
Lastly, Elizabeth loves Samoa’s sense of humour.
“People can do whatever they want, friendly, walk from here to there without any doubts that an accident is waiting to happen."
“I mean it’s like everyone in this country are responsible in taking care of ourselves (tourist), and that’s really good for us. So we’ll just have to look around and take as many photos as we can. After here, we are heading to Tonga.”