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Samoa Government’s tourism partnership

Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson APIA, Samoa (Savaii News): Government’s tourism partner sponsorship to support Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s quest to become Samoa’s first heavy weight world boxing champion is made in the best interest of the country. What should be primary to all concern is the global profile of Samoa as a safe haven for tourists and business investors, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. “For instance, Samoa will receive significant promotional tourism exposure in the live international broadcast to a probable viewership in the hundreds of millions. “I need not remind our media that tourism is the main stay of our economy. “More tourists and visitors translate to more revenues for our accommodations, restaurants and transport industries. “That’s more income for our subsistence farmers braving the hot sun as tourists have to eat, drink coconuts, eat barbecues and admire the lush green colour

of our vegetation. “That’s not to mention our handicraft vendors, our unique Samoan fashion designs and our genuine smiles that comes naturally from the heart. “New investors will also lead to job creating opportunities for the hundreds of students graduating every year. “So overall, the investment to support one of our sons is made in the best interest of Samoa. “The spin-offs from this partnership will be far worth 100 times more for our country financially.” In announcing the backing in Auckland earlier this week, the Prime Minister told the press that as the “tourism partner” of the Lupesoliai Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr World Heavyweight title fight, the government and the people of Samoa are fully behind their man. “Without a doubt Joseph possesses the qualities required to succeed – strength of body, mind and soul,” Tuilaepa is quoted as saying. “He has the height and

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. with Joseph Parker.

the reach and his chances are excellent. “This is the second time that a Samoan from New Zealand is given world stage for a world title.” And to capitalise on the global exposure, Tuilaepa

also told reporters he has personally invited Samoa wrestling and Hollywood superstar, Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to attend the December 10 WBO title fight, as his personal special guest.

Seiuli as of press time hasn’t responded to acknowledge he accepts the invitation. “Joseph [Parker] needs all the support he can get to have a good fight so I see the opportunity there to

have The Rock here.” “Not many people know that Seiuli is one of Samoa’s sons.” Seiuli visited Samoa in 2005 and was accorded a reception fit for a king, Samoan style


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