What is the “Agri-Tourism Park?”

The Agri-Tourism park will be a green space to relax in, Lopao’o said, with the added attraction of showcasing the fruits and vegetables Samoa grows well.

The Botanical Gardens at Vailima are up a steep hill, and the National Park at Togitogiga is a forest of trees. This park’s point of difference is accessibility and variety, Lopao’o said.

“Of course if you want you can go up to the plantations and you can have a look at the farms. But accessibility will become a problem.”

Lopao’o said he hopes the park will be open for business next year, and is floating the idea of free entry for a spell to encourage advertising by word of mouth. Then, entry fees, the income source for the facility, will kick in.

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The neighbourhood ought to benefit as well, Lopao’o hopes, through developing a hospitality and retail economy.

Lopao’o’s vision goes beyond tourism. He wants a beautiful green recreational space.

“I think the environment is going to be quite tremendous for people who want to have a break from their house.

“It is a park, at the end of the day, so people can go there and enjoy,” Lopao’o said.

If he had it his way, the minister said he would love to see a babbling brook or small stream in the park as well.

“There is nothing like sitting on a bench in a park, where you can hear the water.

“You can see that I am a dreamer.”

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