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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 28, 1997 - Samoa News)---In an effort to boost National Park of American Samoa tourism, one million copies of a National Park Service brochure will be printed soon to promote the park's tropical rain forest and coral reefs.

The brochure is being produced by the National Park Service in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, which has prepared publications about all 375 National Park units across the United States.

Estimated to cost $65,000, copies of the National Park of American Samoa brochure will be distributed to nearly 20,000 U.S. travel agents.

Distribution will cost nearly as much as the printing, with a total price tag of approximately $130,000.

The Park Service will pay the printing bill, but funding for distribution is still being sought.

The primary purpose of the brochure is to show the National Park of American Samoa's offerings in order to attract more visitors.

According to National Park Superintendent Chris Stein, the brochure may eventually be distributed worldwide "if it proves effective in promoting tourism for American Samoa."

Stein told Samoa News that he has met with and received full support for the project from Lieutenant Governor Togiola Tulafono, Tourism Program Manager Virginia Samuelu, and the Department of Insular Affairs Field Representative Lydia Nomura-Faleafine.

Design of the brochure should be completed by the end of September. Printing is scheduled for October.

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