8 Apr 2013

Samoa considers cruise ships to accommodate small island states conference participants

2:48 pm on 8 April 2013

Samoa does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the more than three thousand participants for next year's small island developing states conference on climate change.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says it's a challenge to host such a huge gathering and his government is considering using a cruise ship to help accommodate the participants.

This comes after he dismissed assurances from a local hotel operator that there are enough hotel rooms.

Tuila'epa has told the opening of a resort at Lalomanu village that a cruise ship option has been discussed with a New Zealand cabinet minister recently.

But he has also been advised that most tourists would prefer to stay in a beach resort to experience the village life style.