21 Jul 2016

Safety push for tourists in Samoa

5:36 pm on 21 July 2016

Samoa police will hold awareness programmes in villages throughout the country on how best to provide support and better protection for tourists.

The safety of tourists in the country was questioned after the rape of an Australian woman by an escaped prisoner in September last year.

And more recently, a New Zealand couple was threatened in a village in Savai'i.

Our correspondent says two young men were charged with actual bodily harm and possession of a dangerous weapon for that incident.

The police spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona, said the police would need the support of local village councils to uphold law and order to protect visitors to the country.

Meanwhile the Samoa Tourism Authority said major changes had been introduced to ensure the safety of visitors.

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