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Savai’i Tourist Operators receive Surf Life Saving Training

Two seperate sets of training were carried out last week for the big Island, with one held at Jane’s Beach Fales for the Manase area and the other at Va-i-Moana Lodge for Asau.

Seabreeze wins Samoa’s leading Resort 5 years in a row

The boutique Seabreeze Resort, Samoa has won ‘Samoa’s Leading Hotel’ for the fifth consecutive year, at the 24th annual World Travel Awards 2017 held in Shanghai, China.

Sinalei Reef Resort launches boutique visitor product

Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa in Samoa are in the throes of launching a range of bespoke experienced-based visitor activities.

Prime Minister appointed Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by UNWTO

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

Tourism Chief acknowledges NZ Government funding to boost Samoa tourism

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), Papali’i Sonja Hunter has acknowledged the announcement by the New Zealand Government of funding to boost the Pacific Island nation’s tourism industry.

Savaii Samoa Tourism Association concludes its 7th Annual General Meeting

The 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Savaii Samoa Tourism Association (SSTA) was successfully held on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Vaimoana Seaside lodge in Asau, Savai’i.

First women to fully complete Surf Life Saving Course 2017

The second phase of the Surf Life Saving (SLS), CPR and First Aid trainings by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) was carried out last week for the Siumu and Falealili Districts...

Queensland Reds touch down in Beautiful Samoa

The Queensland Reds have arrived in Beautiful Samoa ahead of their rivals the Blues, to prepare for the first ever Super Rugby match to be held in the country this week, on Friday, 2nd June 2017 at the Apia Park National Stadium.

Tourism Industry in the Pacific to benefit from Renewable Energy and Energy efficient options

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will enter into a partnership to collaborate on strengthening tourism in the Pacific region.

PIs focus on sustainable tourism at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2017

More than 75 international travel wholesalers and tour operators from 17 countries globally are experiencing a flavor of Pacific arts, culture and the warmth of its people when they converge at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE)

SSTA hosts successful Inaugural Savai’i Fishing Tournament 2017

The Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association (SSTA) has completed one of its activities of the year to further showcase what the big Island of Savaii has to offer.

SHA’s first hotels night market a hit

The Samoa Hotel Association’s (SHA) first ever Hotels Night Market proved to be a hit with tourists and locals alike in the beginning of the month.

Strong Samoa presence at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2017

Beautiful Samoa is well represented at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) 2017, with representatives from the Samoa Tourism Authority led by the Chief Executive Officer, Papali’i Sonja Hunter, as well as representatives from the various accommodation providers.

Surf Life Saving Trainings for 2017 by STA begin

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has begun its training for Surf Life Saving (SLS), CPR and First Aid within the country both in Upolu and Savaii.

Blues star players travel to Samoa to promote Super Rugby Match

Samoa will be celebrating its 55th year of independence by making sporting history when it hosts this first Investec Super Rugby Championship match on 2nd June 2017.

Donor response pleases South Pacific Tourism Organisation

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) received a great response from donor agencies in their first donor forum held at the end of last month at Holiday Inn Suva, Fiji.

STA to host Samoa Tourism Forum 2017

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) will this year host the Samoa Tourism Forum next week Friday, the 21st of April at the Samoa Conference Center next to TATTE Building in Sogi.

SSCC’s TUI-Samoa submarine cable route survey is underway

Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) 2017 was a busy time for regional submarine cable connectivity negotiations, in addition to the announcement of the Manatua Cable consortium between French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa.

Beautiful Samoa welcomes back the World for STE 2017

Travel industry experts will once again descend upon Samoa to enjoy everything it has to offer and receive updates on some of their favourite Samoa products.

McCully meets Tourism Chief and Apia Waterfront Development Team

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’imatunaalofiotaoa Murray McCully travelled to Samoa last month to meet with Samoa’s Prime Minister, Hon.

All Blacks set to face Samoa in Lions warm-up Test

The All Blacks appear set to square off with Samoa in a one-off warm-up Test match prior to the Lions tour in June 2017, with Tonga’s clash against Wales to share the same bill.

STA welcomes its new Australian Volunteer

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has welcomed its newest Australian Volunteer, Ms Morgan Knowles.

Greater cooperation in Pacific cruise development

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Pacific Cruise Alliance (SPCA) for greater cooperation on the development of the cruise tourism industry in the greater Pacific Islands region.

Samoa hosts historic first for Super Rugby Championship

Samoa will be celebrating its 55th year of independence by making sporting history when it hosts its first Investec Super Rugby Championship match on 2nd June 2017.

First Samoa Tourism Awards recognize Excellence

The Inuagural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards 2017 which was held at Taumeasina Island Resort on Saturday, 7th January has been hailed a tremendous success. The evening was officially opened by Prime Minister , Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards to kick start 2017

2017 designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development promises to be a wonderful year for Beautiful Samoa.

Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016

Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016 Linking Agriculture and Tourism through Policy setting: Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism Apia, Samoa, 13-16 December 2016

Tourism hotspot benefits from beach replenishment project

Tourism is the mainstay of Samoa’s economy. Unfortunately, climate change – particularly coastal erosion as the result of sea level rising - is slowly eating away at that dream.

Samoa Tourism Industries Alliance continues to build

The Samoa Tourism Industries Alliance (STIA) has held its third meeting for 2016. Established in 2012, STIA looks at ways to further develop the tourism sector, with members including both the private sector and the government, while the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) as the secretariat.

Visitor Numbers on the Rise in Beautiful Samoa

Samoa Tourism Authority has released data for April showing continued confidence by overseas visitors for Samoa. Official figures show an increase of 21.2% for the month, with a whopping 11,206 visitors (up from 9,243 in 2015) clearing customs at the Treasured Islands.

Miss Samoa Colour Run

This year, the annual Miss Samoa good-will event will introduce Samoa’s first ever Colour Run! It is known as the happiest 5k, a unique paint race celebrated globally and now being brought to our very own shores.

New Tourism Minister and Commander in Chief determined to keep Samoa a safe destination

The Hon. Sala Fata Pinati, who is the Minister of Police and Commander in Chief, has been appointed the new Minister of Tourism and has pledged to ensure that the two key agencies work closely together to further the Safe Samoa Campaign.

Visitions continue to flock to Beautiful Samoa

Official figures received from the Samoa Bureau of Statistics shows continued confidence in Samoa as one of the premier South Pacific destinations of choice with stats setting the tone in what will be a stellar year of visitor arrivals for Samoa.

Samoa Welcomes Survivor Australia 2016

Reality TV show Survivor Australia has been welcomed to Samoa by the country’s Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Auelua Galumalemana Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and its friendly people.

First World Conference on Tourism Development

Samoa took part in the First World Conference on Tourism for Development, which was held on the 18th to the 21st of May 2016 in Beijing, China.

Samoa Honours Tahiti President

Tahiti President, Edouard Fritch was honoured by the Grey family and the Goverment of Samoa, by bestowing him with the Paramount Chief Title Tagaloa from Safune, Toamua on Friday, 29th April 2016.

Visit the South Pacific's Beauty Spot

Samoa kicked off its Australian tour as a main feature at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) 2016 before traveling to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for the Beautiful Samoa Australia Roadshow.

Samoa Tourism Forum - Annual Review and Pre-Forum Workshop

The Samoa Tourism Sector Plan is in place for a period of five (5) years. As part of tracking progress of the five priority areas identified by the tourism sector, the Annual Review process is undertaken to reflect on what the sector has achieved, what are the lessons learned and identifying potential alternatives to address issues and challenges faced during the period.

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Samoa's Anti Zika Campaign

Travellers are being advised that the Government of Samoa is actively working with key agencies and citizens to take precautionary measures, following global warnings and advice from the World Health Organisation.

Samoa voted in the top 10 most ethical places

For the second year in a row and for the third year since 2013, Samoa has featured in the Ethical Traveler’s Top Ten List. Ethical Traveler is a non-profit organisation and a project of the Earth Island Institute which survey’s the world’s developing nations and assesses their performance in the areas of Social Welfare, Human Rights and Environmental Protection.

Joseph Parker to Rumble in Paradise 2016

Joseph Parker’s January 23 bout in Samoa will help restore the once proud boxing nation to its former glory, Samoa’s Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Hon Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Fatialofa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi believes.

Samoa Tourism members graduate with Management Diploma at APTC

Twenty two middle-to-senior managers in the Tourism Industry have graduated together with 111 other students at the Australia Pacific Technical College. They successfully completed an Australian Accredited course of Diploma in Management which was carried out in four blocks of two weeks and spread throughout a period of 12 months.

Miss PNG wins Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

In the 29th year of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant - ‘the Pageant with a Difference’, Miss Papua New Guinea (PNG) makes history and wins the region’s beauty contest for the first time, as she was crowned by Miss South Pacific 2014, Teuira Napa on the Crowning Night at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga, Cook Islands tonight, Saturday 12th December 2015.

Samoa Tourism showcases at SPTE 2015

The freezing start to winter in multicultural Melbourne, Australia did not stop the Tourism Team from Samoa from promoting the destination and holiday offers/packages at the second annual South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) 2015 together with 15 other member countries of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).

Papali'i Sonja Hunter re-elected SPTO Chairperson

Papali’i Sonja Hunter, Samoa Tourism Authority’s Chief Executive Officer today resumed her role as the Chairperson of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) for the next 12 months. The long serving Chairperson who now serves a consecutive fourth term, was re-elected during SPTO’s Board of Directors’ meeting today, Thursday, 18th June 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Samoa International Visitor Survey launched

The Samoa Tourism Authority launched its International Visitors Survey Report this afternoon, Friday 07 March in front of the STA Main Office on the ground floor of the FMFM II Government Building. The IVS Report is based on findings of a yearlong survey that took place at the Faleolo International Airport and Fagalii Airport. The survey fieldwork was conducted from August 2012 to July 2013. The IVS targeted all departing visitors obtaining from them their views on their experiences while holidaying in Samoa.