Samoans, Tokelauans – time travellers of the South Pacific

15/12/2011

<p style="text-align: justify;">It’s not just Samoans, who will be travelling in time at the end of this month – on December 29, to be precise. Though not reported widely, tiny Tokelau, too, will join the country on which it so heavily depends for supplies and logistics.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Both Samoa and Tokelau will shift time zones on December 29, to be on the same side of the international dateline as its neighbours and biggest tourism markets, New Zealand and Australia – and from being the last country in the world to watch the sun set, Samoa will become the first country to watch the sun rise.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">So, Samoa and Tokelau will travel in time, skipping a day – December 30 – and jump on to the year’s last day, ready to welcome 2012 on January 1, being the first country in the world to do so. The move is expected to boost both tourism and trade, according to the Samoan authorities.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The distinction of watching the sun set last will now go to American Samoa, which is planning to use that as a selling point in its tourism strategy, as it expects a surge in cruise traffic in 2012.</p>
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