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Tourism operators start training program

Seven local tourism operators started on Monday the three-day American Samoa Visitors Bureau “Tourism Export Ready Training Program” and two trainers from Australia-based Parker Travel Collection are back to conduct the training, as they have done once before.


Initially offered in 2011, the program saw the success of seven other operators complete the training which enabled them to market and promote their accommodation and tour services internationally in partnership with travel wholesalers and airlines.


Visitors Bureau executive director David Vaeafe says the training program is about giving the local tourism industry members the necessary skills to enable them to market and promote themselves internationally.


He says capacity building is the key to growing the local tourism industry and if members have those necessary skills to do business at a regional and global level, then their businesses and the economy will thrive and grow.


The implementation of the “Tourism Export Ready Training Program” this year was made possible by a State Trade Export Program (STEP) Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The new training ends today.


Seven new participants in the training are: Two Dollar Beach, Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, Pago Airport Inn, Moana O Sina Resort, Inter Island Airways, Pago Pago Tradewinds Tours and Turtle & Shark Legend Site.