Awards encourage hoteliers in downturn

Amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, hoteliers say Trip Advisor’s annual awards are keeping them motivated. 

Various hotels have won Trip Advisor awards recently, such as the Traveller's Choice Award, which ranks a hotel in the top 10 per cent of hotels worldwide. 

Some hotels have won the awards on consecutive occasions. Taumeasina Island Resort and Sheraton Aggie Grey's Hotel are a few of the hotels who have won the Traveller's Choice Award for multiple years in a row. 

President of the Samoa Hotels Association and owner of the Vaimoana Seaside Lodge said that the Association is always proud of recognition. It was recently recognised as being among the top 10 per cent of hotels worldwide.

"For every hotel that gets that sort of recognition, we’re always proud because we believe that it is a recognition of the work and effort that is put into the hotel," Tupa'i said 

"It’s always something that a lot of industries strive for, to gain this recognition and these awards because it helps with marketing.”

Tupa'i said there are quite a few hotels to have won recognition but increasing the number will prove a challenge so long as international borders are closed. 

"The only thing is that I wish we could capitalise on it to attract more people from overseas, to come and visits the hotels," he added 

Nine of Savaii's hotels, attractions and activities were recently recognised in the Trip Advisor's 2020 Travellers' Choice Awards. The Savaiian Hotel, Amoa Resort Savai’i, Savai’i Lagoon Resort, Le Lagoto Resort and Spa, Stevensons at Manase, and Vaimoana Seaside Lodge were ranked among the top 10 per cent of hotels. 

Afu Aau Waterfall and Alofaaga Blowholes were among the top 10 per cent of attractions worldwide.

Dive Savai’i was the only Savai’i activity to be ranked in the world’s 10 per cent. 

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