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Kiwi visitor praises Samoan hospitality

Tourist Faasiu Gae’e-Gosche has given the thumbs up to Samoa as the holiday destination of choice.

The New Zealand resident flew to Samoa on Wednesday night and told the Samoa Observer that she was visiting the island to relax and enjoy its beauty. 

“I arrived last night around 1am and went straight to my hotel. Samoa is such a wonderful place. I went to one of the shows that were done at Samoa Tourism house, next to Government Building, and I had so much fun dancing with the group,” she said, smiling.

But Faasiu is not a stranger, having Samoan blood herself, she met some of her family members and will be catching up with them on Friday.

“I have a family at Alafua and I want to visit them tomorrow. I met some of them at Vaimoso and I was really happy about it,” she said. “Samoa should look at ways to create more attractions for tourists so they can come and spend more money in Samoa, which will help in developing Samoa.”

And she hopes the Government will create more job opportunities for young Samoans as she said they are the future.

“My only recommendation is that the Government or whoever is responsible for creating job opportunities should help the young ones. Those ones who are currently on scholarship overseas, I just hope that after they get those degrees they will come back home and help develop Samoa,” she added. 

Initially planning to visit Samoa with her son, she said her son’s work commitments compelled him to stay back in New Zealand. 

“My son came before and he told me all about his trip, it was amazing. He was able to go around the island with his family, and also his friends who accompanied him. They also visited the big island and stayed at Le Lagoto in Savai’i,” she added. 

Currently, Faasiu is staying at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows and she is enjoying the hospitality of the hotel staff. 

“The Sheraton hotel is very nice even the staff are very helpful. I think one thing Samoa should try and develop is having a tour around the island for tourists, which could be another way for them to make money,” she added.

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