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American Samoa features in Go Holidays brochure


Issue 29, January 2013

American Samoa features in Go Holidays brochure

American Samoa has been included for the first time in Go Holidays 2013-2014 Samoa & American Samoa brochure. Go Holidays is one of a number of New Zealand travel wholesalers that sell the South Pacific to holiday travelers and is part of the global Stella Group of companies. American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau executive director, David Vaeafe said the inclusion of American Samoa in such brochures was part of the agency’s strategy to partner with key international travel trade industry members to promote and sell our destination. “Last year, a Go Holidays representative visited American Samoa when we hosted a group of seven New Zealand travel wholesalers and from that visit we have been able to negotiate the inclusion of American Samoa in their Samoa product. They saw the potential we had as a destination and with our close proximity to Samoa, travelers have the option of combining the two destinations into one holiday”, he said. American Samoa’s inclusion in the brochure features a general introduction page with travel tips, map and sightseeing section featuring tour options with local industry businesses Pago Pago Marine Charters, North Shore Tours and Alofa’s Tours, starting from NZD$76 per person and accommodation options with Sadie’s by the Sea, Tradewinds Hotel, Moana O Sina and Turtle & Shark Lodge starting from NZD$88 per person per night. All the hotels featured include a range of bonuses from return airport transfers, stay 5 nights pay 4 nights, complimentary room upgrades for honeymooners, free wi-fi and complimentary laundry and breakfast starter packs. “Go Holidays distributes its brochures and promotes its destinations through a number of retail travel agencies throughout New Zealand and as a subsidiary of the Stella Group, other travel companies owned by Stella worldwide also have access to the rates and products offer that they can also sell to their clients”, said Vaeafe. Inclusion of American Samoa advertising in the Go Holidays 2013-2014 Samoa & American Samoa brochure was made possible by grant funding from he Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs.
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ASVB to attend Flight Centre Travel
Expo's in New Zealand

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau will once again attend the annual Flight Centre Travel Expo’s in New Zealand next month to promote the territory to travelers seeking a South Pacific escape for the winter holidays. This will be the forth year the ASVB has attended these consumer travel shows, the largest in the New Zealand market place. The first show will be in Wellington on February 10th and the second will be in Auckland on February 16th & 17th. ASVB executive director David Vaeafe said in the New Zealand market place we are promoting American Samoa as a add on excursion to a Samoa holiday. “This year we have some great holidays deals to American Samoa which include return airfares Apia to Pago Pago and 2 or 3 nights accommodation starting in price from NZD$499 per person share twin. We have partnered with two travel wholesalers in New Zealand, Our Pacific and Air New Zealand Holidays to offer the package deals. Touring excursions are also available. For a full list of the package deals see the story below.
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American Samoa holiday travel packages
Listed below are holiday packages to American Samoa departing from Samoa. Bookings can be made directly with the travel company offering the deals below whose contact details are listed.


Moana O Sina from NZD$499 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a regular room, share twin. Bonus - continental breakfast daily, laundry service and high speed wi-fi internet. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

Tradewinds Hotel from NZD$599 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, two nights accommodation in a king room, share twin and a full day Mt Alava Wilderness hiking tour with a local guide and lunch. Bonus – continental daily breakfast, return airport transfers and internet access. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

Sadie’s by the Sea from NZD$659 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa two nights accommodation in a standard room, share twin and a half day whale watching tour. Bonus – use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks and light refreshments aboard your whale watching tour. Booking period valid to October 31st 2013, travel period August 1st to October 31st 2013.

Turtle & Shark Lodge from NZD$689 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom upstairs apartment overlooking the golf course. Bonus – breakfast starter pack on arrival. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.

For bookings contact Air New Zealand Holidays, phone 0800-737-767 (within New Zealand only), visit their website www.airnewzealand.co.nz/holidays, or visit your local Air New Zealand Holidays Store.


Turtle & Shark Lodge from NZD$525 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a 2 Bedroom Apartment (share quad), 3 day car rental and breakfast starter pack. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Sadie’s by the Sea from NZD$560 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation standard room (share twin), return airport transfers and free use of kayaks and snorkeling gear. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Tradewinds Hotel from NZD$580 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation king room (share twin), return airport transfers and continental breakfast. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Moana O Sina from NZD$655 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a regular room (share twin), return airport transfers and continental breakfast. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Turtle & Shark Golf Course Apartments from NZD$899 per person and includes return airfares with Inter Island Airways rom Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, 3 nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom apartment (share twin), 3 day car rental and breakfast starter pack. Booking period valid to March 31st 2014, travel period from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.
Tours
Half day Island Tour NZD$75 per person
Half day Aunu’u Cruise NZD$215 per person
Half day Beach & Bird Watching Tour NZD$125 per person
Half day Diving NZD$185 per person (minimum 4 people)
Full day Deep Sea Fishing NZD$250 per person (minimum 4 people)
For bookings contact Our Pacific, phone 0800-500-598 (within New Zealand only) email info@ourpacific.co.nz or visit their website www.ourpacific.co.nz.

First cruise ship for 2013
calls in next week

The first cruise ship to visit Pago Pago Harbor for the 2013 season will be Phoenix Reisen’s ‘Artania’ arriving Thursday January 31st. The ship will arrive from Bora Bora, French Polynesia Apia at 12.00 noon and depart for Apia, Samoa at 9.00pm. Carrying up to 1200 passengers and 420 crew the ship is on a 30 night cruise from Acapulco, Mexico to Sydney, Australia. While in port passengers will take tour excursions, dine out at local restaurants and shop around the town area and at the vendors market set up on the port. 2013 will see a total of 16 ships visiting American Samoa from January to November.

Cruise ships ahoy!
Cruise ships calling into Pago Pago Harbor in the coming months are:
January
31st Artania arrives at 12.00 noon from French Polynesia and departs for Samoa at 9.00pm
February
13th Marina arrives at 8.00am from Samoa and departs for the Fiji Islands at 4.00pm
14th Queen Elizabeth arrives at 8.00am from Hawaii and departs for Samoa at 6.00pm
17th Costa Deliziosa arrives at 9.00am from Hawaii and departs for the Fiji Islands at 7.00pm
March
11th Arcadia arrives at 7.00am from New Zealand and departs for Samoa at 5.00pm
17th Ocean Princess arrives at 10.00am from French Polynesia and departs for Samoa at 7.00pm

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