Work begins on Samoa’s first Agritourism Park

One of the future Tourism attractions is being built to promote both Agriculture and Tourism.

 

Staff Reporters

 

APIA, SAMOA – 03 MARCH 2020: Preliminary work has begun on Samoa’s first Agritourism Park on 20 acres of government land at Atele.

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) Chief Executive Officer, Fa’amatuainu Lenata’i Suifua said that the park should further enhance the collaborative efforts of both the Agricultural and Tourism sectors and would be like that of overseas parks when it is completed.

“This will be one area where all of Samoa’s native plants can be found like, medicinal plants, fruit trees, and flower gardens,” said Faamatuainu.

The project will support STA’s marketing of Samoa as a destination, and would be a product for overseas visitors in addition to existing attraction sites and hotels.

SAT$250,000 tala is allocated in the Supplementary budget to fund the initial work and additional funding and an estimated proposed budget of SAT$1,171,931.97 from the EU for three years.

The park aims to showcase the beauty, biodiversity, iconic geographical landscapes, traditional and medicinal plants of Samoa and develop new tourism routes based on agriculture (e.g. the kava, coconut or cocoa routes).