Press! Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting

In this section, you may find the latest press coverage on the topic of the ‘Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism’ Workshop organised by the Government of Samoa and CTA in collaboration with PIPSO which took place in Apia, Samoa, 14-16 December 2016.

Nukunonu Center welcomes AgriTourism Workshop
Samoa Planet, December 16, 2016

Participants at the AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop this week, enjoyed a special garden treat with a visit to the Nukunonu Moamoa Center owned and operated by Mikaele Maiava. There they toured the lush organic gardens with its rich variety of local bounty. Dr Malcolm Hazelman who leads the Informal Gardener’s Group in Samoa (IGG), assisted in the tour. He explained, “Garden and farm enterprises – no matter how small or how large – can be appropriate sites inclusion in agritourism promotions for Samoa. Mikaele is part of the IGG and Nukunonu gardens is already an active site for locals to visit, but can easily be expanded to include visits from tourists to Samoa.” Mikaele said of the visit, “We are humbled and grateful to have the government acknowledge our hard work this year with this visit. Next year we are going commercial with our vegetable garden and it’s all organic – so we are excited by the potential.” From the bus ride to the garden tour, Mikaele gave an enthusiastic and enterprising demonstration of how a garden tour would work for a visiting tour group. Vanya Taulealo of Legends Cafe said, “Mika is a fabulous guide with so much enthusiasm it’s infectious.”

Minister talks up AgriTourism
Samoa Observer, December 15, 2016

The government is serious about promoting the sustainable use of local food by the tourism industry through strengthened inter-sectoral policies. That was the message from the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, when he opened the AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop being held at the T.A.T.T.E Building this week. The Minister said the key to economic development is the promotion of agri-business and agri-tourism development, led by the private sector with enabling support of the public sector. “This has to be done in a way that guarantees sustainability and preservation, of a unique and rich eco-system, promotes our cultures and traditions, and generates economic and social benefits, for the various parties in the chain, particularly, the small-scale farmers and rural communities, who, are often the most vulnerable,” he said.

Samoa to develop new combined agritourism strategy
RNZ, December 15, 2016

Samoa’s agriculture and tourism sectors are uniting to develop a combined strategy for Samoa tourism’s industry. A workshop underway in Samoa has brought together over 70 experts to discuss new agritourism development in the country. The workshop is promoting the sustainable use of local food by tourist operators. Kelera Cavuilati from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation says it’s the first time the sectors have worked together. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and also the Samoa Tourism Authority, [are] to actually look at strategies and policies that they’ve just discussed in their own separate settings. But now it’s coming together to develop one for Samoa,” Kelera Cavuilati said.

Samoa Agritourism forum emphasizes real linkage between farms and hotels
loopsamoa, December 14, 2016

Representatives from Samoa’s tourism sector, business owners and the agriculture and fisheries sector are meeting in Apia to explore the best ways to link locally grown produce to markets. Minister for Tourism Sala Fata Pinati says there is a need to make better connections between farmers and tourism business owners. “We have been planning it for some time now but we have not yet made it work. So this forum is the first act by the Samoan Government to start making these plans reality,” Pinati said at the Agritourism Policy Setting Forum. Samoa imports about $214 million tala worth of goods, fruits and vegetables annually. That accounts for 20% of the cost of imported products. The food products are imported mostly for commercial use in hotels and other tourism-based businesses in the country. “We’re trying to figure out a way by bringing together all the experts in the region to give us their perspectives from their countries to better manage our imports. Why would we need to import fizzy drinks to be sold back to the tourist who drinks it all the time at their homes,” said Samoa Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer, Papalii Sonja Hunter. The average tourist spends close to $300 tala a day in Samoa. Of this amount about $69 tala is spent on food and drinks. The government believes these statistics would help identify and strengthen potential profit areas. “If we swap out the imported drinks and snacks we import and use our local products like the coconut juice, you’re looking at earning more and spending less to import because it doesn’t cost anything to plant a coconut tree and believe me they love the local food,” added Papalii. However, according to Minister Pinati, it’s easier said than done.

Talks on agriculture, tourism on agenda
Fiji Times, December 10, 2016

THE South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s (SPTO) investment specialist, Kelera Cavuilati of Fiji, will be one of the panelists during the Samoa AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop in Apia next week. Ms Cavuilati will serve as panelist on a discussion on “Policy Forum: Regional perspective on opportunities/ experiences to support Agritourism development and investment”. The panel will discuss the current policies and frameworks in support of agriculture and tourism which also promote the private sector development in the Pacific both at commercial and small-scale levels. It will build upon the recommendations of the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum held in Apia in August. A SPTO press release on the issue said the main aim of the workshop was to promote the sustainable use of local food by the tourism industry through strengthened inter-sectoral policies. Resource persons will share their experiences on strengthening linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism to support sustainable local businesses. The workshop will be attended by policy makers, government officials, private sector delegates, chefs and actors from the hospitality sector, civil society, academia and international and regional partners.

SPTO to attend AgriTourism Policy Workshop in Samoa
pata.org, December 9, 2016

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will attend the Samoa AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop in Apia next week. The main aim of the workshop is to promote the sustainable use of local food by the tourism industry through strengthened inter-sectoral policies. Resource persons will share their experiences on strengthening linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism to support sustainable local businesses. The workshop will be attended by policy makers, government officials, private sector delegates, chefs and actors from the hospitality sector, civil society, academia and international and regional partners. The three-day workshop will feature presentations, panel discussions and field trips. SPTO’s Investment Specialist Kelera Cavuilati will serve as panelist on a discussion on “Policy Forum: Regional perspective on opportunities/ experiences to support Agritourism development and investment”. [Read More]