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Tourism revenues is slowly but surely on the rise, according to the latest Update Report on the Samoan Economy during the ten month period to April 2019 circulated by the Central Bank of Samoa.
For the period under the review the report noted that Visitors Arrivals and Receipts increased by 11.2% from 133,852 visitors in the ten months to April 2018 compared to 148,807 visitors as of April this year.
And not surprisingly, tourism revenues injected into the local economy also went up by 15.8% to $423.99 million (US$161.4 million) higher than $366.00 million (US$139.3 million) in the first ten months of 2017/18.
That’s close to $60 million tala (US$22.8 million) more in tourism revenues.
But there is always room for improvements, urged Tourism Minister Sala Fata Pinati in his Ministerial response to issues raised by Parliamentarians during the Budget Review Debate in the House.
“Tourism is a universal responsibility for every citizen of Samoa,” says Sala as he reassured the lawmakers that the Samoa Tourism Authority, (STA) is capitalising on every opportunity available to improve its performance through attracting more visitors to Samoa.
He also acknowledged Samoans based overseas represent the majority of visitors which is a contributing factor in the tourism revenues increase. “Our overseas families and relatives are the top contributors to our tourism growth,” says Sala who also acknowledged all the STA stakeholders for playing their role.
“Tourism is an expensive business and our local operators should be commended for their patience and endurance,” said the Minister.
“But we must not give up.
“STA is always willing to assist our stakeholders where it can to ensure that Samoa continues to reap the benefits from our tourism sector,” concluded Sala.
SOURCE: SAMOA GOVT/PACNEWS
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