14 Oct 2009

Samoa resorts plan relaunch after tsunami destruction

7:11 am on 14 October 2009

Resort owners on the south coast of Upolu in Samoa are making plans to rebuild their businesses, which were largely destroyed by the tsunami two weeks ago.

Head of the Hotel Association Nynette Sass says most of the owners she has spoken with are feeling resilient and intend to rebuild.

She says some of them are looking at different structural designs and locations, but one resort is restoring existing accommodation and will open next month.

"Sinalei Reef Resort have already advised us that they intend to open, 1st of November. All the beach side top end bungalows of course were totalled, including their beautiful restaurant and bar and grill at the sea side. But they have some units which are garden views units which are a little bit higher up in an elevated area, those survived the tsunami. So they are just in the phase of cleaning up the damages and get on with business."

Nynette Sass says tourism leaders are meeting with government officials tomorrow to report on the impact of the disaster.