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PNG-owned resort tops Samoa award

A Papua New Guinean-owned luxury resort in Samoa, the Taumeasina Island Resort, has won Samoa’s prestigious ’national tourism excellence awards’ 2017/2018.

The awards are given by the Samoa Tourism Authority celebrating the outstanding performances of those who have made exceptional contributions to Samoa’s tourism industry within the past 12 months.
The multi-million dollar Taumeasina Island Resort is owned by three PNG joint venture partners, the Lamana Group, Petroleum Resources Gobe and Mineral Resources Development Company.
Despite strong competition from two other finalists, Seabreeze, who has won this award several years and Return to Paradise, who have been in the market for many years, Taumeasina snatched the main category award of 2017/2018 Samoa tourism excellence and also securing the best hygiene award.
Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, presented the award at the awards ceremony hosted at the Taumeasina and congratulated the resort staff and management.
The resorts general manager Nathan Bucknall said Taumeasina Island resort has been open for 19 months and the journey, has been incredibly challenging, but equally rewarding.
“We have had the opportunity to host many celebrities and dignitaries from aboard, and a large number of tourists from around the globe,” Mr Bucknall said.
“We are proud that we have become the first-choice accommodation for Samoans returning home to visit family and relatives, and a popular destination for weddings, events, reunions, meals and a place to hangout.”
“Taumeasina Island resort is blessed with an amazing team of people, who work together, to achieve a common goal.”
Without the support and hard work of the people around us, we would not be able to have received this award.”
Mr Bucknall said many of the staff were proud of the resort in Samoa, as many were involved in the development of the building and in the official opening of it.
“This gives them an ownership rarely seen in staff who works in hotels.
“I believe the reason why we were able to secure this award, is because of the hard work of the collective team,” he said.
Mr Bucknall thanked the Samoa Tourism Authority and the government of Samoa, for their support, and for enabling such award nights and events, that recognise achievements in the industry.
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