CLIA Australasia and Asia MD Joel Katz said the new partnership with Samoa is a sign of long-term confidence in cruising and its role in supporting South Pacific tourism.
‘Cruise lines have a long history of investment in the South Pacific and have been important contributors to the development of tourism and employment opportunities in island destinations,’ Katz said.
‘The Samoa Tourism Authority joins CLIA at a time when our industry is closely focussed on achieving a revival and we are delighted to have them as a part of our community as we lay new foundations for cruise tourism in our region.’
STA CEO Faamatuainu Lenatai Suifua said: ‘Engagement with key stakeholders, including CLIA, is strategically important for us as a cruise destination. Our partnership with CLIA is timely, as our new cruise tourism strategy is being developed.’