19 Apr 2006

American trade mission to visit Pago Pago

10:47 am on 19 April 2006

Luxury hotelier Starwoods is among 12 companies represented on a United States trade mission heading to American Samoa early next month.

The trade mission sponsored by the US Department of Interior is aimed at enticing US companies to invest in American Samoa.

Co-ordinator of the mission, Angela Williams of the Department of Interior, says Starwoods, which owns the Sheraton and Merdian hotel chain is sending a top level director.

She says the chain is looking to increase their footprint in the Pacific

"To take a look at what American Samoa may have to offer for possible resort development or even small-scale - I don't know. I don't think they'll be interested in eco-tourism but they may be interested in village-style tourism where they still build the building and they may upscale and have, say forty rooms, instead of the 460 rooms which is normally the scale they're working on."

The US trade misison will be in the territory from May 7th to 13th.