NIUE DETERMINED TO HOST 2008 PACIFIC FORUM SUMMIT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 28) – The Premier of Niue says the island will be able to cope with the influx of several hundred visitors when they host the Pacific Islands Forum summit next year.

Niue was awarded the right to stage the event during last week’s meeting of the regional leaders in Tonga.

Niue’s major difficulty is accommodating the visitors, given there is just one hotel - with 25 rooms - and a clutch of motels.

But Premier Young Vivian says some leaders could stay in private homes.

"The Government could request villagers who want to host the leaders and they will choose a house and prepare the house for those leaders to stay in those accommodations. And for the others we can provide accommodation in the accommodations that we have at the present moment - some of them we are going to improve."

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