Samoa's leap forward offers visitors time travel options

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Samoa's leap into the future has left the island nation's tourism industry shaking its head.

The Pacific nation, which has traditionally been just east of the international dateline and claimed to be the last place to celebrate the New Year, is turning its clocks forward an entire day -- skipping Friday January 30 -- as it moves to the west of the dateline to facilitate business dealings with Australia and New Zealand. This move might help most island businesses, but the Samoa Observer reported several months ago that there is some controversy as locals worry about shedding travelers around New Year.


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