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Newly crowned Miss American Samoa, Eletino Tuaisosopo will head to the Solomon Islands this week to compete for the 2013 Miss South Pacific crown.

Eletino, 23, is a construction projects manager enjoys the challenges of working in a non-traditional career choice for women. Hailing from the villages of of Taputimu, Vatia, Nu’uuli and Ta’u, Manua, she studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at Crieghton University in Kona, Hawaii.

A total of 10 countries are sending their beauty queens to the competition in Honiara – Aotearoa (NZ), Cook Islands, American Samoa, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the host Solomon Islands. The Miss South Pacific week of activities begins on December 1st and runs through until December 7th, the pageant gala night.

Tourism Export Ready Training for tourism industry members

Seven local tourism operations will this week start the American Samoa Visitors Bureau “Tourism Export Ready Training Program”. The program initially offered in 2011 saw seven businesses complete the training enabling them to market and promote their accommodation and tour services internationally in partnership with travel wholesalers and airlines. Trainers Andrew Dineen and Angela Stewart from Parker Travel Collection in Australia who successfully delivered the first training program will be back again. The seven new participants in the training program are: Two Dollar Beach, Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, Pago Airport Inn, Moana O Sina Resort, Inter Island Airways, Pago Pago Tradewinds Tours and Turtle & Shark Legend Site. ASVB Executive Director David Vaeafe, said the training program is about giving our tourism industry members the necessary skills to enable them to market and promote themselves internationally. “Capacity building is the key to growing our tourism industry and if our members have those necessary skills to do business at a regional and global level, then their businesses and our economy will thrive and grow. Parker Travel Collection developed a specific training program for us two years ago which has been very successful for the initial participants, he said”. The implementation of the “Tourism Export Ready Training Program” this year was made possible by a State Trade Export Program (STEP) Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington DC. The inaugural trainees in 2011 under the program were: Sadies by the Sea Hotel, Tradewinds Hotel, Turtle & Shark Lodge, Pago Pago Marine Charters, North Shore Tours, Alofas Tours and the American Samoa Association of Paddlers.

American Samoa features in Travel Weekly magazine

“For two Samoas, a singular beauty” is the title of a feature article that appeared last month in the largest travel trade magazine in the U.S., Travel Weekly. Honolulu based editor Shane Nelson visited American Samoa and Samoa last year on a weeklong familiarization visit with a group of travel agents from California and Hawaii. The visit was organizer by the American Samoa Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines who invited some of their key travel agents and supported by a U.S. Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Grant. Shane writes in his introduction….Stopping for water along a mountain trail on the South Pacific island of Tutuila, I listened to a cheerful bird call pierce the leafy tangle of rainforest surrounding me. “That’s the tiotala,” said Pua Tuaua, a ranger working for the American Samoa National Park and my guide for the morning. “When a group of them come together and give a certain cry, rain is coming.” Tuaua said this small, blue and white kingfisher was just one of the many native birds vital to the Samoan people, who first traveled by sea to the volcanic archipelago 3,000 years ago. “Even today, we still listen for the tiotala to tell us what kind of day it’s going to be,” he said. For a full copy of the feature article click on the link http://www.travelweekly.com/article.aspx?id=253859

American Samoa holiday travel packages

Listed below are holiday packages to American Samoa departing from Samoa. Bookings can be made directly with the travel company offering the deals below whose contact details are listed.

FROM SAMOA:
Moana O Sina from NZD$499 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a regular room, share twin. Bonus – continental breakfast daily, laundry service and high speed wi-fi internet. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

Tradewinds Hotel from NZD$599 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, two nights accommodation in a king room, share twin and a full day Mt Alava Wilderness hiking tour with a local guide and lunch. Bonus – continental daily breakfast, return airport transfers and internet access. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

Sadie’s by the Sea from NZD$659 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa two nights accommodation in a standard room, share twin and a half day whale watching tour. Bonus – use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks and light refreshments aboard your whale watching tour. Booking period valid to October 31st 2013, travel period August 1st to October 31st 2013.

Turtle & Shark Lodge from NZD$689 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom upstairs apartment overlooking the golf course. Bonus – breakfast starter pack on arrival. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

For bookings contact Air New Zealand Holidays, phone 0800-737-767 (within New Zealand only), visit their website www.airnewzealand.co.nz/holidays, or visit your local Air New Zealand Holidays Store.

FROM SAMOA:
Turtle & Shark Lodge from NZD$525 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a 2 Bedroom Apartment (share quad), 3 day car rental and breakfast starter pack. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st2014.
Sadie’s by the Sea from NZD$560 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation standard room (share twin), return airport transfers and free use of kayaks and snorkeling gear. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Tradewinds Hotel from NZD$580 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation king room (share twin), return airport transfers and continental breakfast. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Moana O Sina from NZD$655 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a regular room (share twin), return airport transfers and continental breakfast. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Turtle & Shark Golf Course Apartments from NZD$899 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways rom Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom apartment (share twin), 3 day car rental and breakfast starter pack. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st2014.

Tours
Half day Island Tour NZD$75 per person
Half day Aunu’u Cruise NZD$215 per person
Half day Beach & Bird Watching Tour NZD$125 per person
Half day Diving NZD$185 per person (minimum 4 people)
Full day Deep Sea Fishing NZD$250 per person (minimum 4 people)
For bookings contact Our Pacific, phone 0800-500-598 (within New Zealand only) emailinfo@ourpacific.co.nz or visit their website www.ourpacific.co.nz.

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