One of the many welcome messages for the SIDS delegates which were village and community initiatives
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: TUESDAY 26 AUGUST 2014: More than 100 New Zealand police officers are arriving this week on the cruise ship that will accommodate some members of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference.
This was confirmed by Associate Minister Tafua Maluelue Tafua, Chairman of the SIDS accommodation team.
The police will be accommodated on the cruise ship with other SIDS delegations to bring the total number of guests on the cruise liner to 821.
The NZ police will be here to help with security and Australia is also bringing over a contingent of police officers for the same purpose, said Tafua.
“As for hotels, there are no rooms available in Apia,” said Tafua.
“Already 2,000 have booked to come and we are expecting 3,000 to 5,000 more,” said Tafua.
He said some countries have booked 3 to 5 members, however, that number zoomed up to 20 to 30 per country.
“Papua New Guinea originally booked 8 members only, but as of yesterday, 45 members have been confirmed,” said Tafua.
Tafua said Papua New Guinea has chartered a plane to bring their delegation over to the conference.
He also said his team had received positive feedback from those who have arrived already.
He also acknowledged families who have offered their places to be used as accommodation for the conference.
All accommodation venues including private owned families were screened before they were placed on the internet.
“We provided information and description of the houses and hotels and let them decide and choose where they want to stay,” said Tafua.
Tafua believes with the Teuila and the Agriculture show running at the same time as SIDS, Samoa will be packed with visitors.