21 Apr 2005

American Samoa Governor speaks to legislature about problem plagued Rainmaker hotel

8:21 pm on 21 April 2005

American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono has used an address to a joint session of the Legislature to talk about the troubled Rainmaker Hotel.

The bulk of the governor's remarks concerned financial assistance for the Rainmaker Hotel during which he outlined the history of overseas companies which used to operate the hotel since its establishment in 1964.

The governor said these companies just operated the hotel until they couldn't make a profit then left.

All this time there was never a requirement that operators of the hotel had to leave it in an improved condition.

Togiola felt that bylaws of the American Samoa Development Corporation should have been changed when the territory elected its own governor.

He said since the governor still has the authority to appoint the hotel, the ASDC board has become a form of political payoff.

He said the decline of the Rainmaker Hotel has occurred over a long period of time not just the last eight years.