Some income shown by cruise ship vendors
A survey by the Commerce Department of cruise vendors during the last quarter of fiscal year 2013 found these small businesses taking in more than $20,000 for the three cruise ships that called into the Port of Pago Pago between July 1 and Sept. 30, said DOC in its 4th quarter performance report for FY 2013.
The report says DOC staff surveyed a total of 89 vendors that were selling a variety of goods such as handicrafts, clothing, boutique gift items and food. In total the vendors reported an earned income of $27,352.
Meanwhile, American Samoa Visitors Bureau executive director David Vaeafe plans to release either at the end of this month or the first week of next month, the complete 2014 cruise ship schedule, which currently shows 16 confirmed vessels.
Vaeafe said the 2014 schedule includes two cruise ships arriving back-to-back “to visit our shores.”