Polynesian Airlines and Talofa Airways are the two airlines that provide air service to Fagali’i Airport in Samoa. The first airline just travels to an international airport in American Samoa while the latter one flies back and forth to an airport in Tonga. Both of these airlines fly planes that accommodate 20 or fewer passengers which means that Fagali’i Airport isn’t ever terribly crowded.
One of the great things about Fagali’i Airport is that it is pretty central to most hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other things that visitors to this island might want to do. Things are actually measured pretty often based on how far they are from Fagali’i Airport in fact.
For example, on Expedia’s website they give how far each hotel is from Fagali’ Airport. The closest one is located a mere .4 miles away and is called the Insel Fehrman Hotel. Even the farthest airport they list isn’t that far. This is the Moanalisa Hotel which is 2.4 miles from Fagali’i Airport.
Some hotels offer a shuttle service to and from Fagali’i Airport. The Insel Fehrman Hotel is one of these and they only charge $56 a night. Another one is the three-star Tanoa Tusitala Hotel which is 1.6 miles from the airport and charges $121 a night. For those hotels that don’t provide a shuttle there a plenty of taxi drivers waiting in the parking lot of the airport.
One thing many visitors to Samoa should do is go to the spectacular Papapapaitai Falls 8.1 miles from Fagali’i Airport. It’s free to visit the best spot to see these falls but donations are very much appreciated. After a rain there is often a beautiful rainbow that appears at this location.
For those that enjoy shopping while visiting a new place they can stop at Old Apia Market, 2.5 miles from Fagali’i Airport. Visitor’s should be careful, though, as some items can be found in other countries for a less expensive price. However, it’s a really fun flea market to visit with all sorts of handcrafted items for sale from people all over Samoa.
The Best Franchisee of the World competition held annually honors franchisees who make the most impact on the growth of the franchises sector. This impact is regarding employees’ motivation, proposed positive model changes, and expertise contribution. Last year’s event was held in Florence, Italy on 5th December. Over 34 countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, and Hungary, had sent their representatives. Representatives from the University of Anahuac, the Mexican Association of Franchises, and entrepreneurs judged the Mexican chapter. The top award of the edition went to Omar Yunes, a franchisee who manages a Japanese food chain, Sushi Itto. Coming second in the Mexican category was Ivan Tamer, a franchisee who runs the Prendamex.
Omar Yunes’ Impact
Omar Yunes has been impactful to the franchisee network – he has worked hard to drive positive change. His influence has brought better information management. He also played a part in bringing about board controls that enabled better units’ evaluation. These contributions are what made him win the highest prize. Omar Yunes was very excited for the award but quickly noted that he was only a representative of the 400 employees working in his 13 units. He also pointed out that he represented the Sushi Itto brand that gave him a platform to exercise his innovation skills. Sushi Itto’s CEO said that the award was an evidence of teamwork in offering top customer and hospitality service. Diego Elizarrarras, who is the organizer for these awards in Mexico, said that the award manifested the strength that is in the Mexican franchises sector. It also shows a remarkable growth from a regional to an international level.
About Omar Yunes
Omar Yunes is a franchisee who manages Sushi Itto. Omar Yunes has grown his network tremendously to own 13 branches. These branches are spread across Veracruz, Mexico City, and Puebla. His expertise saw him get picked to participate in the Best Franchisee of the World competition. He won the national qualifier to represent Mexico internationally. Omar Yunes is also a real estate enthusiast. He started investing in the business in 2007 when he bought a condominium. He has since continued buying houses in different locations.
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