SAMOA HOSTING REGIONAL TRADE FAIR

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By Gerard Williams

APIA, Samoa (September 5, 2002 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---Samoa is hosting the third Pacific Regional Trade Fair this week, with Samoa Polytechnic students playing a key role.

Coordinator Joyce Scanlan, head of the Tourism and Hospitality Program at Samoa Polytechnic, said the fair has 50 stalls promoting different goods and services. About half are local.

Mrs. Scanlan said Polytechnic students from three different courses are involved in running the event, which follows similar fairs in Tonga and Cook Islands:

§ Carpentry classes built the special booths where each display is presented.

§ Horticultural students provided the pot plants that decorate the booths and the hall.

§ Tourism and Hospitality cookery students are running a restaurant, along with customer service and food and beverage course students.

§ Front desk and reception students are organizing all the hotel arrangements and official registrations.

§ Tour guide students are providing transfers from the airport, and will be providing guided tour throughout the week.

"The real live hands on experience is what they get out of it," Mrs. Scanlan said.

The Samoan Government and Samoa Association of Manufactures and Exporters are funding the fair.

Samoa's participation includes displays from Samoa Breweries, Hellaby Samoa, Wilex and others.

Participants include government delegations and members of the private sector such places as Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand and Tonga.

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