2 Aug 2013

Samoa says it is ready for more cruise ship arrivals

8:11 am on 2 August 2013

Samoa says it is ready and able to take in tourists in greater numbers as cruise ship arrivals increase.

The Samoa Hotels Authority says there have been 21 cruise ships calling into the port this year and predicts 30 cruise ships by 2016.

The South Pacific Tourist Organisation says there is a global increase in cruise companies that are looking for more exotic locations, but that Pacific nations need to prepare better for arrivals.

The President of the Samoa Hotels Association, Tuala Oli Ah Him, says Samoa is upgrading its port and hotels are more than ready for more tourists.

"Samoa is ready. We are ready for anything. We are ready to take on cruise ships, we are ready to take on a 747. Even though we don't have a proper bus timetable system we do have transport and we've been doing it for the last decades. Every cruise ship that comes here we are able to cater for them."

The President of the Samoa Hotels Association, Tuala Oli Ah Him.