By Staff Writer
Direct flights from China to Samoa are finally coming, with the first scheduled to arrive at Faleolo International Airport on the first of July.
The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, slipped the information across on national radio yesterday in his weekly media conference.
“I’ve been told that a company airline in China will be making direct flights to Samoa in July,” Tuilaepa said.
The PM did not go into details except for the benefits of this new source for the local tourism industry opening up to boost the growth of visitors to Samoa.
“This will be the start of growth for the Chinese tourist market opening up to Samoa and a major help to our local hotel industry in their struggles to boost occupancy rates.
“My advice to our local hoteliers is to continue to be patient.”
The promotion of the new international route may start with plans set for next Monday to launch the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 in Apia on Monday.
A Chinese cultural promotional group is due to arrive in Apia on Sunday for a one-off show next Monday.
The launching is being organized at the Sheraton Aggies Hotel in Apia.
Tuilaepa has welcomed Chinese television coverage of China’s Tourism Year 2019 launching, for the worldwide exposure that will give Samoa’s tourism.