NZ's James Leslie and Hylda Bloomfield with STA's Sonny Rivers NZ's James Leslie and Hylda Bloomfield with STA's Sonny Rivers

Samoa eyes borders

With increased prospects on a widening Pacific travel bubble in the next few months, Samoa Tourism Authority held a casual lunch and informative presentation for trade and media partners at Swashbucklers in Auckland last Friday.

Sonny Rivers, who handles the New Zealand market for STA, says that the opening of trans-Tasman borders and continued hope that Rarotonga and Niue will open to Kiwis soon are steps in the right direction for Pacific travel.

‘We in Samoa are in a good position, possibly for a July opening, but it is obviously a government decision. We remain Covid free, we are working on a Covid tracer app similar to that in New Zealand and our tourism industry employees are going through refresher courses.’

He says with those developments it was time to provide an update to product managers and other New Zealand based partners. ‘The Samoa travel guide app is available through the Apple app store and our agents’ specialist portal is up and running. Our hotels and resorts have been in semi-hibernation but they have also been having some success with the domestic market.

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