$7 million funding boost for Samoan tourism

$7 million funding boost for Samoan tourism

Rt Hon Bill English
Prime Minister

1 June
2017

$7 million funding boost for
Samoan tourism

New Zealand is to contribute $7.3 million
towards boosting Samoan tourism, Prime Minister Bill English
announced today.

Mr English announced the funding on the
first day of a visit to Samoa to mark the 55th anniversary
of the country’s independence.

“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,” Mr English
says.

“Increasing tourism will increase economic growth
and improve livelihoods in Samoa.”

The funding will 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.

This newly announced funding will supplement work
to upgrade the Apia waterfront. New Zealand’s support will
help redevelop the Savalalo Market, revamp the central Apia
event space, and build a clock-tower boulevard. A seaside
lookout and pedestrian boardwalks will improve access and
flow to the foreshore.

“Increasing Samoa’s
attractiveness as a tourist destination will create jobs and
business opportunities, and connect communities and visitors
with Samoan heritage and culture,” Mr English
says.

“Samoa has an enormous amount to offer
international visitors, and New Zealand wants to help the
tourism sector
grow.”

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