Taumeasina Island Resort opened in 2016 and quickly became the number one resort in Samoa.
Nathan Bucknall, the resort’s General Manager, says although the island is located just five minutes from Samoa’s capital city, the peacefulness of the environment makes you feel much further away from the hustle and bustle.
Being located so close to New Zealand, almost 70 per cent of the resort’s guests are Kiwis, followed by Australians and Americans. Taumeasina also hosts many expatriate Samoans returning home to visit their families.
Work is also underway between the resort and Samoa Tourism to tap into the growing Chinese tourism market. “It's a big market across the South Pacific and it's a developing market,” Nathan explains.
As Taumeasina Island Resort has developed over the last few years, the team has worked closely with ANZ to support this growth.
“They're very supportive of this whole operation,” says Sir Kostas. “We’ve expanded and they’ve expanded with us. They have never doubted us for one minute - we've had a great relationship.”