Survivor TV Series back on Samoan soil


Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi is elated with the return of top-rated reality TV show Survivor to film another episode for the fifth time in Samoa.
“We are humbled to have been chosen by Survivor again for the Australian series,” said the Prime Minister in a press statement.
“In many ways, it was the perfect decision, with existing infrastructure that we can build on from previous seasons and having staff on the ground with solid experience to guarantee a smooth and efficient production.
“But despite having hosted such a global television phenomenon, we have managed to preserve the beauty and untouched nature of our surroundings which is testament to our commitment and love for our country and its pristine environment.”
In an exclusive interview with this publication, the Prime Minister says that Survivor’s return to Samoa represents huge opportunities for global exposure.
“It’s a huge injection to our international profile as the perfect tourism destination.
“The images of our landscape, our welcoming way of life and as a God-fearing people will be televised to millions and I am sure it will certainly attract new tourists to visit our land of beauty.
“Let us not forget, the fresh tourism revenues that our vegetable farmers, our handicraft industry, the authentic Samoan elei, even taxi drivers and many more will reap from the new tourists.
“It’s new money for our tourism operators. Now who can argue with that?
“I am also pleased to hear that the Survivor has also retained the services of Samoa Helicopters Ltd, a locally registered company to assist them with their filming needs.
“Having a helicopter service to fly tourists to our scenic spots is another bonus to attract overseas guests to our islands.”
In announcing Samoa as the location for the acclaimed reality TV show Survivor for the fifth time, with Channel TEN, the producers noted that the location was once again chosen for its rugged beauty and remoteness for the 2016 Australian season.
According to TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, Samoa was chosen for its “beautiful, remote, challenging and dramatic settings”.
A reported 15,000 Australians auditioned to be part of the series. Twenty-four Australians have been cast where they will compete in various challenges while marooned in a secret location with only the most basic instruments to survive.
One by one tribe members will vote out fellow competitors until one remains to be declared the winner of the series.
The show will be hosted by Australian celebrity Jonathan LaPaglia.
Written by Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga – Savali Newspaper