17.0608 Powers and duties of the bureau.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 17.0608]

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau:

(1) may sue and be sued as set forth in 43.1203 and 43.1205;

(2) may adopt and use a seal;

(3) may make contracts, as authorized in this chapter;

(4) may adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws;

(5) may purchase or lease and hold personal property it considers necessary or convenient in the transaction of its business, and may dispose of personal property held by it;

(6) may, in the name of the government, purchase, lease, or sell real estate, and to accept title to that real estate in the name of the government, to accomplish the purposes of this act;

(7) shall create tourism sensitive public policy to support tourism development by encouraging innovation and investment in new and existing products;

(8) may enter into partnerships with other entities, person, or organizations in order to further the intent and provisions of this act;

(9) shall encourage, promote and support the development of tourist traffic within and to American Samoa;

(10) shall encourage and support the training and education and development, of persons for the purposes of employment in connection with the tourism industry in American Samoa;

(11) shall establish and maintain registers of hotels, guesthouses, holiday camps, holiday hostels, camping sites, approved holiday cottages, holiday apartments and youth hostels;

(12) shall engage in research and planning in relation to matters specified in subsection (9), (10) and (11);

(13) may engage in advertising and sponsorship or any other form of publicity in order to further the intent and provisions of this act;

(14) may establish and operate tourist information offices;

(15) shall have all such powers as are necessary or expedient for the performance by it of its functions;

(16) shall, in the performance of its functions, have regard to policies of the Government relating to the preservation of the Samoan language and culture.

History: 2008, PL 30-15.