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Lots of visitors increase demand over last year

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 3, 2011) – In Samoa, the last week of 2010 was good for businesses at the Savalalo Market.

Most of the stall owners told the Sunday Samoan they were pleased with their sales.

Vetta Pitoa’itupou from Faleasi’u said business picked up after Christmas.

"I have two stalls and I have to run from here and there just to serve so many people shopping, she said. The difference between this year and last year is that sales last year were much bigger because of people visiting for the tsunami anniversary."

Ms Pitoa’itupou owns Ena’s Crafts and Designs.

Serah, of Loriana’s shop, said the arrival of so many visitors has meant good business for her.

"Lots of people, especially ones from overseas buy lots of crafts and Samoan shirts from us," she said.

Serah said the support from the public and especially people from overseas really made a big difference.

"Thank you so much for the support and May you all have a happy and safe New Year," she added.

Mr. PJ Junior of Josephine’s Boutique agrees.

"We sold so many Samoan shirts and it seems like this is the most popular item for overseas people," he said.

He said additional orders have been made because of the demand.

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