Tourism chief says New Year's fireworks on target

Samoa can still expect to see the world’s first fireworks to herald in the New Year. 

The assurance was provided by the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A.), Fa’amatuainu Lenatai Suifua, who was asked for a comment after reports that the shipment bringing in the container of fireworks material was delayed.

“The shipment bringing the cargo arrives tomorrow [Wednesday] as scheduled and it will give us enough time to set up the fireworks,” said Fa’amatuainu. He added that the vessel is near Samoa. 

The S.T.A. has been preparing for the event in advance by flying in the representative from an overseas contractor before Christmas so they can undergo quarantine and prepare to setup the display. 

The C.E.O. said the men have been staying at the Taumeasina Island Resort with the hotel offering to cover the cost of the men’s accommodations. 

For this year’s fireworks display it will be set up at the Mt. Vaea, Palisi and Taumeasina Island Resort.

This will allow families especially children to have a clear view of the sparkling night sky. 

A brochure from S.T.A. says the New Year’s Eve fireworks display will set off at 12am on 1st January 2021. 

Last year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks brought some positive spark to the country as it was slowly recovering from the measles crisis at the time. 


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