ASVB working on cruise ship to Manu’a

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau didnt get the usual barrage of questions that it attracts every year at the budget hearings.

Yesterday, Executive Director David Vaeafe’s inability to speak Samoan seemed to be the only point of consternation.

Senator Fonoti Tafaifa was perturbed that after 8 years the New Zealand-born head of the ASVB was answering questions in English rather than Samoan.

Vaeafe tried to explain that he understood Samoan perfectly but couldnt speak the language.

Deputy Director Vaitoa Hans Langkilde explained this in Samoan

The ASVB budget is down to $676,000 for six employees. In the current fiscal year the budget is $751,000.

Fonoti asked how much money was generated from visitors to the territory.

Vaeafe said they didn’t have this data but an air visitor survey has just been completed and the results should be released in early November,.

Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui enquired about cruise ship visits to Manu’a.

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13 Comments

  1. DISGUSTED

    MR. VAEFE ARE KIDDING AND HAVE YOU LOOK AND SEE IF THE CHANNEL TO THE HARBOR IN MANU’A ABLE TO HANDLE THESE SHIP OR ARE TRYING TO PLEASE OURMANU’A FAIPULE , DUDE FIRST MAKE SURE THAT THE MANU’A HARBOR CAN HANDLE THE CRUISE SHIP EVEN AT TIMES THE MANU’ATELE HAVE HARD TIME GOING INTO THE MANU’A HARBOR. I SURE HOPE YOU’VE DISUISS OR COMMUNICATING WITH PORT OFFFICIALS ON YOUR PLAN WITH MONEY TO DO THE DREDGING. FROM WHAT I READ ABOUT YOUR COMMENT YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT MANU’A HARBOR IS LIKE. GET HELP AS YOU WILL CERTAINLY NEED IT.

    I AGREED WITH SENATOR FONOTI TAFA’IFA OF TUALAUTA AS WHAT REVENUE HAS GENERATED FROM VISITORS. YOU HAVE BEEN IN THAT OFFICE FOR AWHILE A YOU DON’T HAVE AN IDEA?

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  2. U just cruisin

    Crazy..get real, no cruise ship is going to Manu’a until you dynamite the harbor in Faleasao or Ofu. After 10 years of working at Tourism making over $120,000 you still don’t know the revenue generated from tourism activities???? because ua kele lou travel ai le fai se survey.

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    1. No'i

      A cruise boat into Manu’a…lol! Like pushing a camel through an eye of a needle. Honestly, the reason why a Cruise will not go into Manu’a is because Manu’a will claim it’s theirs…lol! True story.

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  3. So Predictable

    It’s depressing we have all these “directors” or lack thereof showing up or a no show for these hearings, unprepared without any data to back up their claims. The Senators and Faipules are only putting on a show for the public to see that they can make guys squirm while in the hot seat. What’s the use? We all know what’s coming next. They pass the budget, the supplement budget and the ALL the tax initiatives anyway with all these ridiculous claims. What a circus!

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    1. No'i

      TRUE, TRUE and TRUE I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets what these ridiculous senate hearings are for only for show and they eventually pass whatever idiotic, baseless and useless agenda there is so they can hurry off and polish their golf “skills” or lack thereof. These old farts think they’re so ahead of their time and graced with wisdom they look like old fools and like fools their mouths pour out folly.

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  4. Rankon

    Yes to all writings…..asamoa needs to seriously reevaluate all funding projects thoroughly N make CAPs to improve quality services for the people. Too many cabinets are playing being stupid and idiot during bdgt hearings every year; fono must be aware about this game some cabinets have played and Put A Stop to the problem.

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  5. Ata Ata

    Oh really you understood Samoan but you couldn’t speak the language. Sole matuai oki a le mea. O oe la lea e faatatau ai le tala a le loomatua leva leva aso le toe ai se kae miu. I don’t think this guy knows what is going on. He don’t even know how much money they generate and who cares about the surveys. Mea lea e maua e L&L alu atu le Upo faavalea outou.

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  6. Yessiree...e mo'i uma na tala!

    They all in cahoots, the buddy, buddy system…you scratcha me patua, me valuvalu yours. E pasia uma pili o le budget, supp, ma le mau revvy’s…fa’ataga caring, all words with no teeth…no vision ‘fo tomorrow, waste time la ia mau hearings e fai, same ‘ole squeaky violins at play.

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  7. some girl from Pouono lol

    um I think people are getting the wrong message here lol. I think he’s saying he wants cruise ships to visit Manu’a, not build a cruise ship for people to travel to Manu’a. but I agree with all those who got the right message, No to all of this.

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