Visitors are flocking to Samoa in record numbers with the Treasured Islands experiencing strong visitor numbers in the last financial year.
According to ABS arrival numbers, Australian visitor numbers for 2011/2012 financial year are up YOY, clocking in at 26,921 compared to previous year figures of 24,644 – a 9.25% increase.
The last 6 months reflected an increase of 16.4% with Celebrate Samoa festivities, especially the Independence Day Celebrations in June, contributing to the growth of visitor numbers.
Adele Leathan of Samoa Tourism Authority encourages Australians to continue to support Samoa and explore her Treasured Islands.
“Australians continue to discover our hidden jewel of the South Pacific and with great value properties and competitive airfares from our partners, there’s no better time to go and explore Samoa.”
“Visitor arrivals in June alone contributed to a 27% increase from previous month and we are very excited about that. The growth in our country is palpable and our people are responding to it by upgrading current facilities, opening new resorts and conference centres to cater to the needs of our Australian guests” says Adele.
Boasting beaches that are rated as some of the best in the world, visitors are raving about the myriad of soft adventure activities to be had in Samoa, evident in the gorgeous images posted by fans from all over the world of their visits to Samoa on the country’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SamoaTourismAuthority).
Samoa was voted the Best Value Destination in the South Pacific with an array of properties to suit all types of budgets from beach fales that kiss the water’s edge to family friendly resorts.
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And Michael Osborne
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