12 Jul 2006

Samoa tourism and remittance receipts continue to grow

12:57 pm on 12 July 2006

Samoa's economic performance in tourism and remittances has increased.

The Central Bank of Samoa's latest report for May 2006 shows has revealed a 6-percent increase in private remittances of about 16-million US dollars.

The report says it was an increase of 23-percent compared to the same month of the previous year.

Tourism earnings increased 9-percent to about 9 million US dollars - 14 percent higher than in May 2005.

Based on seasonal trends, tourist arrivals were estimated to increase 3 percent to 8,319 in May.

Contributing largely were overseas teams arriving for the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament and visitors to the annual Congregational Church conference.