Samoa Observer

APIA, Samoa (Feb. 26, 2009) – It is easy to lose track of the hotel or resort projects announced in the past two years alone.

The great number of them compared to past decades is a little bewildering.

Some hotels have sprung up with little or no fanfare at all.

Le Manumea Hotel, where the Manu Samoa 7’s World Cup team was farewelled on Monday, comes to mind.

The point is, another hotel project has been announced – at Falelatai this time.

A further point is that the number of existing and planned tourist accommodation shows how committed the country has become to tourism as a revenue earner.

There are small signs the industry is willing to move to new ground.

Whale watching has taken initial steps to be established with Samoa Whale Watching and Tours already possessing a boat in the country for the job.

More activities might crop up for the visitor too.

The announced resort at Falelatai hints at the type of activities that are possible.

Some of them are already offered by other resorts, but the important point here is the need for variety.

The activities the new resort is aiming for are "snorkelling, kayaking, diving, jet skiing, boating, deep sea fishing, walking trails under the lush forest areas."

Signs of some refinement, if not sophistication, are coming into existence here.

Cabinet has approved legislation which creates property entities called units, which some visitors prefer, for instance.

The Le Lagoto Resort at Fagamalo has won the Best Honeymoon Resort in Samoa award by AFTA Traveller, the magazine of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.

It is an award that is little known outside of the industry.


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