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Hospitality of inlaws woos Kiwi tourists

The hospitality of a local family has opened the door to a group of workmates agreeing to fly to Samoa for their holidays.

It all started with 58-year-old Hannah Papadopoulos, who used her experiences from her first visit to Samoa to see her son-in-law’s family, to woo her colleagues.

She spent three weeks living with her son-in-law’s family and described it as a great experience, which she now wants to share with her workmates.

“I wanted to bring my work colleagues to Samoa, because actually the first time I have come to the country when my Samoan son in-law brought me here to visit his family,” she said. “Seen how the food is prepared differently and collecting coconuts from the coconut plantation which was great.”

Hannah and her 20-year-old colleague Andrea Mollos, were enjoying a swim at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel poolside, when they did an interview with the Samoa Observer. They said they were waiting for their colleagues to join them. 

During her three-week stay in Samoa, Hannah said she was taken to Papaseea Sliding Rocks – though the weather was quite hot – and she got to find out more about how connected Samoans were to their church. 

Unlike Hannah, Andrea had never been to an island in the Pacific Islands before until she flew into Samoa.

“Hannah told us that Samoa is a beautiful island and the people are very friendly also welcoming then we said yes that’s a good place to go for a holiday,” she said.

The work colleagues have seven days to spare in Samoa and hope to visit the various tourist attractions, such as the Tosua Trench in the east of Upolu. 

“Properly visiting the local market and seen the beauty of the island also the trench and swim in the water,” Andrea added. 

But their tour around the island will not be finalised until everyone gets into Samoa, according to Hannah. 

“The girls all looked to what they want to do in our seven day holiday, and I will take them to the beach and trying out the local food,” she said.

One member of the group will leave the country early while the other four will be in Samoa until next Thursday.

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