After the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of Samoa last week, The Samoan Tourism Authority has now published a list of all the hotels and holiday resorts that have now had to close due to damages. Large areas of the Samoan coastline were ruined in the tsunami that hit on September 29. This event killed 180 people and caused countless amounts of damage.
The Samoan Tourism Authority went on to confirm this week that such hotels as the Coconuts Beach Club, Litia Sini Beach Resort, and the Paradise Cover are among some of the resorts that have now had to shut their doors to tourists. There are a few hotels like the Le Vasa Reort and the Virgin Cove that are still going to open to customers, despite the damage that they took. Besides the hotels listed on the announcement, the remaining hotels seem to have been, for the most part, unaffected by the event.
The good news for travelers is that the Faleolo International Airport remains open, and all airlines continue to operate on a normal schedule now. However, Air New Zealand has announced an increased capacity to the area, and Polynesian Blue has discounted its fares for any travelers heading to the islands.
A spokesman for the Samoan Tourism Authority said that they are currently working with the government, hotels, and airlines to help any tourists that have been affected by the tsunami to get home safely. Right now the Foreign Office continues to warn all British visitors of the potential for earthquake aftershocks. Thus, they still warn against all travel to Samoa that is not essential.