30 Sep 2008

Samoa tourism industry struggling to accommodate top-end visitors

1:55 pm on 30 September 2008

The Samoa Hotel Association says an influx of visitors to the country is stretching resources at the top end of the tourism market.

Figures released by the Tourism Minister show a 40 percent increase in the income received from tourism in the year to July.

The association's chief executive says that's been very positive for the owners of top-end resorts and beachside properties.

But Nynette Sass says more accommodation in that market will be needed if the increase continues.

"We've seen a massive increase in the top end occupancy this year. Some are already running at 90 percent, 95 percent this year and they're very happy. A lot or them have said that this has been the best year ever for the resorts. So because of the amount of enquiries and bookings that have come in for resorts we can't fulfil because there's just not enough room (DUR 22)."

Nynette Sass says she'd like to see more people staying in the more budget accommodation available in urban areas.