5 Mar 2020

Coronavirus deals another blow to beleaguered Samoa tourism

From , 5:01 am on 5 March 2020

Samoa tourism is predicting a 20 to 25 percent drop in revenue this quarter, with the country hard-hit by a measles epidemic and now travel restrictions around the coronavirus. 

The measles epidemic in November and December saw much of the country shut down as the country fought the outbreak, which killed 83 people. 

The chief executive of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Fa'amatuainu Lenata'i Suifua, says the emergence of Covid-19 has dealt another blow, as the measles recovery was about to begin. 

To prevent the arrival of coronavirus, the government has imposed travel restrictions and slashed the number of flights to the country.

Fa'amatuainu told Jamie Tahana about the effect it's having on Samoa's largest industry. 

CEO of Samoa Tourism AuthorityFaamatuainu Lenata'i Suifua

CEO of Samoa Tourism AuthorityFaamatuainu Lenata'i Suifua Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia