13 Aug 2013

Tourism chief says American Samoa can cope with more cruise liners

3:06 pm on 13 August 2013

The head of American Samoa Visitor's Bureau David Vaeafe says the territory is well prepared to meet the increasing number of cruise liners moving to the South Pacific.

He says the territory's infrastructure can handle ten cruise ships a month and the main port of Pago Pago has proven that it can accommodate two large cruise ships a day.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has called for small Pacific islands to improve infrastructure to meet the increase in cruise ship visitors.

Mr Vaeafe says the widening of the Panama Canal is expected to be completed in a year and Caribbean-based ships with up to 6,000 passengers are looking at coming to the region.

He says American Samoa could always do with more buses and taxis to cope with the increase.