Samoa has welcomed its second global hotel brand as Aggie Grey’s Hotel in the centre of country’s capital city, Apia, reopens its doors as The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows. It follows the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort last year. Founded in 1933 by Aggie Grey, it has seen various reincarnations; from burger joint to serve the troops to a hostel dormitory for visiting servicemen.
Officials on the islands of Samoa and Tokelau have begun preparations to skip a day and jump from east to west of the international dateline. The move is designed to improve relations with major trade partners including Australia and New Zealand.
The Samoan Tourism Authority has published a list of hotels and resorts closed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. The main area of damage is along the south and south-eastern coast of Upolu Island. The Faleolo International Airport has remained open, allowing airlines to operate a normal schedule.
The U.K.‘s Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, a day after a series of earthquakes and a tsunami flattened villages, and swept people and cars out to sea.