18 Jun 2012

China plans major resort in Samoa

1:40 pm on 18 June 2012

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele has told Parliament that a Chinese company is signing a 200 hectare lease to build a resort that will bring in many Chinese tourists.

In his speech to end the parliamentary session on Friday, Tuilaepa said the government is doing everything it can to move the country along.

The Prime Minister said the Taumesina hotel project will soon start and the Warwick hotel development at Vavau is slated to begin at the end of December.

He said when complete the Chinese hotel will see up to 400 tourists per flight direct from China.

Tuilaepa also pointed out that plans for the casinos will soon be put in motion.

He says China would soon be the world's foremost economic power.

He said 50 years ago no one thought a communist government would be the economic leader of the world, but he predicted that China will be in that position in about 20 years time.

He told the House Samoa is maintaining an excellent relationship with China because of the future.