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Monday, 29 April 2024 00:48

Samoa Tourism Exchange

Shelley Cunningham, CD Event Management centre with Samantha Imo-Munif, Chris McLean, Air New Zealand Shelley Cunningham, CD Event Management centre with Samantha Imo-Munif, Chris McLean, Air New Zealand

Delegates from Australia, American Samoa, China, Fiji, New Zealand, United States and the United Kingdom gathered at Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia yesterday for two days of appointments and meetings with over 50 exhibitors.

The STE 2024 theme “Embrace Tourism, Embrace Growth” reflects the commitment of the Government of Samoa to the growth and development of the Tourism sector says the Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism.

“The Samoan Tourism Exchange is a major tourism platform in the Pacific that brings together international industry partners with exhibitors for 2 days of business negotiations, networking, market research and knowledge sharing.  The event is a momentus opportunity for the Samoan Tourism Industry.”

Sonny Rivers, New Zealand sales and marketing representative with STA, says most of the Kiwi delegates were also hosted on a pre-famil and had a day and overnight stay on Savaii, including for the first time, an official STE cocktail function and dinner on the island on Saturday.

The next day they attended a church service at Sapapalii Congregational Christian Church the site of Christianity first arriving to Samoa shores 194 years ago and then joined the community for a feast – eating food cooked in an umu and mixing with the locals.

Back on the main island of Upolu, Monday night’s STE opening reception was hosted at Robert Louis Stevensons Museum (a garden setting that complemented a beachside reception at Taumeasina Island Resort & Spa on Sunday).

The exhibition concludes on Tuesday and finishes with a closing ceremony at Tanoa Hotel.