From Pape'ete to Pago Pago: South Pacific Cruise Alliance HQ relocates

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Faletuiga
The tuiga (ceremonial headdress) of the Samoan people. Name: Fa'alagi.

(PAGO PAGO) — The seven-member South Pacific Cruise Alliance Secretariat headquarters relocates from Pape'ete to Pago Pago with the election of its new Chairman, David Vaeafe from American Samoa.

This was announced in a statement issued early November by the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.

The change is expected to positively enhance the partnership sealed between the SPCA and the South Pacific Tourism Organization at the Seatrade Cruise Global that took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 2017. The SCG reports more than 11,000 registered attendees at this year's meeting, an annual event that brings together cruise industry leaders from around the world.

“It makes no doubt that David’s strong involvement within SPTO as a Board Member as well being on the SPCA Board will help grow the Alliance for its members,” said outgoing Chairman, Ollivier Amaru, who is based in French Polynesia.

Amaru held the position since 2010, when the SPCA was formed. Its members include Samoa, American Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, Fiji, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Pitcairn Island and cruise related businesses and ports in each nation. 

Vaeafe is Executive Director of the ASVB.

"I look forward to taking on the chairman role and working to grow the organization, partnering with other relevant Associations like with the New Zealand Cruise Association as co-members...and working to grow the cruise market and increase deployment of ships in the South Pacific Region,” said Vaeafe in taking on his new role this month.

While Ollivier has stepped down from the helm of SPCA, his passion and commitment to developing the cruise tourism industry in the South Pacific remains and he will continue to provide technical assistance to members, said the ASVB statement.

The SPCA Secretariat, housed in Pape’ete, French Polynesia moves to Pago Pago in the New Year.