New Zealand commits USD5.2m to boost Samoan tourism

    New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English announced a NZD7.3 million (USD5.2 million) boost to Samoan tourism (Samoa Observer, 02-Jun-2017). Mr English stated: “New Zealand and Samoa have deep and extensive ties and helping Samoa to develop its tourism industry is a way to further strengthen relations between our countries”. The funding is expected to be used to promote Samoa as a tourist destination, provide additional training to tourism workers, and upgrade tourism sites and attractions on the main islands of Savai’i and Upolu.