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Samoan tourism bouncing back, but recovery ongoing

Samoa's visitor arrivals have boosted the country's tourism sector recovery rate to 60 percent, but the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) believes more time is needed for full recovery.

The Samoa Observer reports this is according to Chief Executive Officer Pativaine Petaia-Tevita, who spoke to the recent Samoa Tourism Industry Meet 2023.

The STA boss said one of the challenges faced by the industry is that accommodation properties are not 100 percent back in full operation.

Pativaine said some of the operators are partially opened while some are fully opened but have yet to come up to standard, and some operators have complained about the new licensing requirements, which is delaying the roll out of the latest stimulus package.

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