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Jesse James, Founder of a Profitable Internet Dating Site, Planning  a Luxury
$450 million Resort On Pristine Oceanfront Land on Savaii Island in Samoa

HONOLULU, Aug. 20, 2008 - Hawaii-based South Pacific Development Group (SPDG) has obtained a 120-year lease for 600 acres of prime oceanfront land on Savaii Island in Samoa to develop the Sasina Village Resort.

The luxury resort's first phase will feature a hotel, timeshare units, championship golf course, and cultural center to be followed in later phases by additional hotels, private residences and a recreational marina. The overall development cost is estimated at $450-500 million.

SPDG CEO Jesse James and Faumuina Liuga Tiatia, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, recently signed the land lease agreement in Apia, Samoa. The size of the acreage and duration of the lease is unprecedented in Samoa.

These transactions successfully demonstrate our company's ability to be a leading player in an area destined to emerge as one of the South Pacific's most sought-after tourist destinations," said James.

Jesse James said it has always been “our dream to build a resort in Savai’i.“We must function as a three-legged stool,” he said. “One leg is represented by the Government, one leg is represented by the villages and the people and the third leg is represented by our company.“If all three legs do not work together equally, the stool will fall over.”

Jesse H. James - CEO/Principal

Jesse James is a motivational speaker and corporate consultant in the fields of management, leadership, communications, sales & marketing and strategic planning. He is currently the president of Jesse James Seminars ( and CEO/Founder of, a successful and profitable Internet Dating site with more than 3-million members in its database. (

Mr. James was raised in Boston, Massachusetts where he pursued his education by majoring in Business Administration at Northeastern University. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University’s Center for Management Development.

SPDG is meeting with potential hotel partners, co-developers and investors interested in having a financial stake in its development projects.

"There's been a tremendous amount of interest," said James. "Our potential partners sense that Samoa's unique cultural appeal and tropical beauty are about to be discovered by travelers yearning for a destination that offers the rewards of ecotourism and cultural tourism and the South Pacific's romantic allure."

Sasina is located on Savaii's rural north shore and is known for its adherence to historical Samoan traditions. The village of Sasina has additional acreage of pristine land set aside for development on which SPDG has first right of refusal.

James says SPDG is committed to preserving Savaii's culture, tradition and environment. "It's what makes Samoa and Savaii special in the first place, and we want very much to keep it that the way." Resort structures will be less than four stories tall and setback 500 feet from the shoreline.

Leasi Vainuupo Nuusa, High Chief of the village of Sasina, said the project is a positive development for Sasina that will create job opportunities, spawn a new lumber industry, and allow farmers to sell produce to the resort.

Samoa - Savaii Village Resort

The Savaii Village Resort will be developed on the island of Savaii in the country of Samoa (previously known as Western Samoa) by South Pacific Development Group, LLC (SPDG). The Resort will be as much of a community development project as it will be a vacation destination/resort project.

Since the principals of SPDG reside in Honolulu, Hawaii and have had the benefit of witnessing a myriad of mistakes in Hawaii’s development over the course of time, the theme that they have adopted for the Samoan project is “What would you have done with Hawaii, knowing what you now know?” In other words, the project will be based on an unflappable commitment to preserve the indigenous environment and culture of Savaii. SPDG will never allow profitability to become a priority over social and environmental responsibility.

In addition to timeshare condominiums, a world-class golf course, luxury private homes, low-rise hotels, a recreational marina, cruise port, helipad and retail shopping facilities, the Savaii Village Resort will build community infrastructure including, but not limited to, a medical clinic, a new school (K-12), a library/computer learning center, a community recreational center and a cultural center dedicated to preserving the Samoan culture and traditions.

The Savaii Village Resort will also focus on cutting edge utility infrastructure development by incorporating new and unique elements such as a hydrogen park, solar and ocean power, deep cold water retrieval for air-conditioning and golf course irrigation, and a myriad of other “green” infrastructure innovations. The goal will be to show the rest of the world what can be done in terms of building a highly profitable resort community while still preserving the environment and culture.

Once successful development is underway, SPDG has access to additional land on the other major island of Upolu, in Samoa. The same development approach taken in Savaii will be applied to Upolu. SPDG will build a profitable resort destination with a commitment to preserving the environment and to building community resources for the people of Samoa.

Savaii is one of the South Pacific's most serenely beautiful destinations. It offers an astonishing range of sights from volcanic craters, scenic waterfalls and lava tubes to rainforest canopy walks, blowholes, surfing, snorkeling, and lovely beach settings alongside traditional Polynesian villages.


South Pacific Development Group

Also See: FocusOn Pacific Islands; Well Placed to Lead World Tourism Growth - Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia / Dec 2002


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