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Samoa to take world stage

Samoa will take the global center stage next month in Hawaii at the World Fire Knife Dancing Championships.

Glowing success for Maeva Band

The Maeva String Band, which performs hugely popular dinner concerts at Return to Paradise Resort, returned to huge airport welcome at Faleolo this week...

The Aussie at the helm of Samoa’s newest resort

Samoa continues to be a popular destination for Aussie tourists. Here, Travel Talk Magazine talks with former Perth resident NATHAN BUCKNALL, General Manager...

Miss Samoa continues with her community work

The reigning Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo continues to fulfill her role and has been quite busy since the beginning of the year...

STA ensures food handling and preparation for all

The Workforce Development component of the Samoa Tourism Growth Partnership (STGP) funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP) has been in progress...

IMF says Samoan economy ‘performing well’ and shows resilience

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team visited Samoa from February to March this year to hold discussions with authorities on the 2018 Article IV Consultation.

AA readies for major works program at Faleolo International Airport

In the coming months, Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) will be undertaking major airport pavement and drainage improvements to key aeronautical infrastructure assets...

‘Samoa Whiskey’ - more options for visitors and locals alike

Visitors and whiskey lovers can now look forward to sampling a premium product made in beautiful Samoa. Developed by the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS)...

Jacinda Arden acknowledges Tourism importance on first visit to Samoa

New Zealand Prime Minister, Hon. Jacinda Arden’s first official visit to Samoa was a warm and welcoming one, where she highlighted a ‘unique friendship’ between the two countries...

SMART Tourism the way forward in 2018 Samoa Tourism Forum

The Samoa Tourism Industry and stakeholders gathered for this year’s Samoa Tourism Forum 2018 focusing on SMART Tourism.

SPTO rolls out sustainability data collection training in Samoa

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) rolled out data collection training for 15 hotels across Samoa that volunteered to take part in its sustainability-monitoring programme.

STA continues with customer service training

Staff from the various accommodation providers in the country continue to improve on their customer service skills with continued service from the Samoa Tourism Authority.

Samoa Tourism Year 2018 begins with Excellence Awards

The Taumeasina Island Resort secured the ultimate award at the Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards 2018 in its second year. The resort won the National Tourism Excellence Award...

Matauaina To’omalatai wins Miss Pacific Islands title for American Samoa after 15 years

Miss American Samoa, Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai is the new Miss Pacific Islands.

STA enhances resilience of tourism-reliant communities to climate change risks

Some of the most vulnerabe tourist operators have benefited from assistance for resilient efforts towards the effects and risks of Climate Change...

Local Chefs gain in China

Improving the knowledge and skills of culinary business owners, hotel chefs and home cooks in Samoa was the aim of a three- week culinary workshop held in Shandong, China last month.

Alexandra carries the hopes of a nation

Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo is mindful of the responsibilities she is shouldering as one of the nine regional contestants vying for the Miss Pacific Islands crown...

Pacific Beauties acknowledge spiritual blessings

The nine Pacific beauties renewed their faith in the Lord, and acknowledged His blessings to begin a new week of activities for the 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands...

9 Pacific Beauties gear up for the 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

The 31st Annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Organising Committee has officially announced the contestants for this year’s Pageant which will be held in the newly developed city of Nadi

Aussie Travel Traders reaffirm support as Samoa Airways launches in Sydney

Travel traders in Sydney Australia are so enchanted with Samoa’s re-established national carrier that they remain steadfast to continue to sell, sell, and sell more...

SAMOA AIRWAYS launches into the global market

Samoa’s relaunched national airline, Samoa Airways, has brought about a feeling of pride and patriotism from its countrymen and women.The new airline was launched...

NZ Travel Trade get behind Samoa Airways

Samoa Airways has received pleasing early support from the travel trade, not only around Auckland but also in other parts of New Zealand...

2017 Key Markets Performance

Aviation capacity for the first nine months of 2017 increased by 15,408 in absolute terms or grew by 8.3% when compared to the same period in 2016...

Tui-Samoa submarine network lands in Apia

Government’s vision for Samoa to be ICT hub by 2020 took a leap frock this week with the arrival of the Tui-Samoa Cable at Moataa village....

Samoa to host 28th SPTO Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting in 2018

The Regional Ministers of Tourism at the 27th meeting of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Council of Ministers held in Port Vila, Vanuatu last week...

Samoan Government revokes Virgin Air Service

Virgin Australia has made press statements regarding the decision of the Samoan Government to decline an Auckland - Apia Air Service under the operating Licences sought....

Regional Tourism Arrivals to the Region up 18.4% in the Second Quarter of the year

Tourist arrivals in the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries increased by 18.4% in the second quarter of this year when compared to the first quarter. This increase is in line with...

Samoa to attend Pacific Tourism Insights Conference 2017

Samoa will be attending this year’s Pacific Insights Conference (PITC) 2017 to be held in Vanuatu. The Conference is being organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)...

Samoa to host Pacific artists in November

Samoa will once again play host to another conference in November 2017. This event will see Pacific artists and academics from around the world descending on Apia...

Tourists explore stunning Savai’i

Christine Walker and Linda Hendra from New Zealand have had the time of their lives in the big Island of Savai’i in beautiful Samoa.

Apia Waterfront Development Project discusses Urban Design Standards

The Apia Waterfront Development Project Unit has been reviewing design concepts for key areas in the Apia Waterfront Central area.

Savaiian surfers represent Samoa at Surf Champs in Japan

Representing Samoa were two brothers, Christopher Toa Martin, 18 years who competed at the Under 18, category and Puleiata Edward Martin, 16 years who competed at the Under 16 category...

More cuisine options - Island Grill Restaurant opens

Tourists and locals alike have another option to choose from when it comes to cuisine, with a new restaurant, Island Grill now opened at Fugalei.

Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop for Tourism Industry

Spacific Marketing and Business Consultancy carried out a Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop, organised by the Samoa Hotels Association (SHA) for its members, to develop a more effective digital marketing strategy...

Samoa steps up preparations for 2019 Pacific Games

Following the announcement a few weeks ago that Samoa will host the 2019 Pacific Games, the Government through the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC)...

Alexandra Iakopo set to represent Samoa at the Miss Pacific Islands 2017 in Nadi

The reigning Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo is ready to represent her country at this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Nadi, Fiji at the end of the year.

Digicel Samoa builds a $40m hotel in Sogi

Mobile network provider, Digicel Samoa is investing in a hotel development, and is building its Accommodation in Sogi, at a total cost of SAT $40million.

Samoa Airways set for maiden flight from Faleolo to Auckland

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on the 14th of November 2017. This was confirmed by the Minister of Public Enterprice, Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell.

Beautiful Samoa NZ Roadshow warms up the Land of the Long White Cloud

The Beautiful Samoa New Zealand Roadshow 2017 kicked off by warming up the largest city in the South Island and the seat of the Canterbury Region, Christchurch.

FJ announces new flights, improved transit time from Australia via Nadi

Fiji Airways has announced its additional new flights from Australia to Apia via Nadi to begin on the 6th of November this year...

Samoa Tourism enthuse AU Travel Traders

The Beautiful Samoa Australia Roadshow 2017 began with a bang in the most populous city in Queensland, with close to a hundred Buyers of frontline travel agents, reservation consultants...

Beautiful Samoa AU and NZ Roadshow 2017 to begin in Brisbane

Samoa will be tempting Aussies this winter to visit Samoa, as the Beautiful Samoa Australia Roadshow to begin visits this week in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Samoa Tourism Industries Alliance meet on the Samoa Tourism Growth Partnership

Coordinated by the Samoa Hotels Association, the Samoa Tourism Industries Alliance (STIA) members gathered in a special meeting where they were presented with a progress...

Lene Alema wins Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge 2017

Twenty-year-old Lene Alema fromTufuiopa of the Le Manumea Hotel was announced the King of the “Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge 2017.”...

Australian Survivor completes another successful filming in Beautiful Samoa

The top rating reality TV show in Australia - Survivor Australia has once again fareweled the Government and people of Samoa following another successful filming across its beautiful shores.

Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways sign MOU

Samoa’s new international airline, Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue a range of commercial opportunities and partnerships.

STA Staff refresh their skills on First Aid and CPR

Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) Staff members have utilised the 2017 Surf Life Saving (SLS), CPR and First Aid training course.

SHA elects Executive Council at 2017 AGM

The Samoa Hotels Association (SHA) during its 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) has elected its Executive Council 2017-2018.

Samoa Airways to partner with Fiji Airways

Samoa’s national carrier, Polynesian Airlines is on the brink of entering into a mutual arrangement with Fiji Airways. This has been confirmed by the Hon. Prime Minister...

Talofa Airways begins direct flights to the Kingdom of Tonga

Talofa Airways began its direct flights to the Kingdom of Tonga on the 1st of July 2017.

Wales leave parting gift to Samoa

Wales' rugby players ended their two-test summer tour of the Southern Hemisphere by donating a mountain of kit to Samoan school children as a thank you for their warm welcome in Apia.

BBC Wales TV visit Beautiful Samoa

A team from one of the popular television stations in Wales, BBC Wales TV were in the country last week.

Statistics update and overview for 2016

The year under review saw contrasting periods with solid growth in overall arrivals for the first seven months up to July of 11% being followed by negative growth of 2.2%...

Professionals Travel for Invest Samoa Open 2017

Nearly 40 PGA Professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA & Samoa have converged to the Samoan capital city of Apia to compete for the Invest Samoa Open & Invest...

Travel to Beautiful Savaii - Tips

Savai’i is the raw island experience full of unknown treasures and local food delights, there is no where in the Pacific you might have a waterfall to yourself for the day...

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.