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Samoa? There’s a new ‘app’ for that

Looking for that cute little restaurant that people talk about but you can never find?There’s an app for that. A Samoan app.The claim is made by Reverend Falefatu Enari, who says he met with representatives from Digicel in the middle of last year to discuss his concept of an online advertising website, called Poly Marketplace.The Samoa Tourism Authority fale at Eleele fou was a place of celebration on Monday evening, as the country’s tourism industry got its hands on a new software ‘app’ or application that guides mobile users to the country’s attractions.Developed by tourism operator, Polynesian Xplorer, the app revealed an innovative opportunity for Samoa to be more accessible – literally the touch of a button on a ‘smart’ phone.In fact, that’s what they’ve called it: The Samoa Smart Guide app.The application allows people seeking information about Samoa to locate accommodation, restaurants, find out about events, churches, even road stalls, and it provides maps as well.The app will also feature vouchers and coupons for specials.Perhaps what will make it what is known as a ‘killer’ app is the fact that it can be downloaded and used ‘offline’, an important consideration in a country where internet connections can be slow, patchy or altogether absent.Oh, and it’s free.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi was all praise for the innovation.