South Pacific promoted at ‘Meet the Pacific’ roadshow in Europe, UK and Asia

The roadshow is held prior to the 2018 ITB Berlin tradeshow, the largest travel trade show in Europe.

‘Meet the Pacific’ is a one-day business-to-business meeting through pre-scheduled appointments in six European and two Asian countries bringing together resort partners, tourism board and airline partners (sellers) from the South Pacific to meet key European, UK and Asian tour operators (buyers) who are committed to promoting and selling the South Pacific destinations. 

Effective collaboration with SIS crucial to regional tourism development

At a meeting between the SPTO and SIS members convened in Port Vila, Vanuatu, the countries agreed on a number of priorities including tourism marketing, capacity building, cruise tourism development, air and sea links and tourism investment, to name a few. These priorities have been identified as crucial areas requiring development and funding support and the SPTO has been urged to explore news to support and collaborate with its SIS members which face unique vulnerabilities due to their remote location.

Donor response pleases South Pacific Tourism Organisation

“And the donor agencies are asking for another forum like this so our chairlady has said that we’ll have another one next year,” SPSE chief executive officer Chris Cocker said.

Meanwhile, SPTO chairperson Sonja Hunter said: “We plan to make this an annual forum where our development partners and donors will hear what SPTO has achieved and also to find out what SPTO will be doing for the coming period. So it’s a good because as they always say ‘when they know they will care, when they don’t know they don’t care’.”

SPTO targets MSMEs, youth and young professionals

In introducing the new categories Pacific Dawn and Pacific Pearl, SPTO Chief Executive Officer Chris Cocker said: “SPTO considers Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as important members because they make the bulk of our regional tourism industry and are responsible for driving economic growth in Pacific Island Countries. On the other hand, our youth and young professionals are the future tourism leaders of the region.”

SPTO to measure sustainability of Pacific tourism

RNZ reports economic, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability are the three areas which define a sustainable tourist operation.

The concept being to adopt a long term approach to financial gain and trying to limit negative environmental impacts and preserve local culture and traditions for future generations.

The manager of SPTO's newly created sustainable tourism development division, Christina Leala Gale, said often Pacific countries focused heavily on only one or two of the three areas.

SPTO offers innovative business training in Tonga

The series of six, hour-long workshops are being offered in conjunction with the Tongan Ministry of Tourism and New Zealand-based Learn.fast Centre on Wednesday 1st February in Nuku’alofa.

Topics to be covered include branding and marketability, Pacific tourism trends, increasing business profits, tourism marketing on small budgets, sustainable ‘best practices’ for small business; and crisis and risk management.

The next day, Thursday 2nd February, the trainer will be available to provide individual business coaching to trainees who require further assistance.

SPTO appoints new sustainable tourism manager

Ms Leala‐Gale will be responsible for strengthening SPTO's work in the area of sustainable tourism development.

SPTO chief executive officer Chris Cocker, in welcoming her to the organisation, said: "Christina joins SPTO with a wealth of experience in various areas such as sustainable development, tourism planning, project management and climate change to name a few."

He said Ms Leala‐Gale was bringing more than 14 years of experience to the position.

SPTO announces the first winner of its 2016 specialists programme

Ms. Felicity Alquist of GO Holiday New Zealand is the winner of the newly introduced South Pacific Specialists programme by the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) as part of its marketing strategies. 

South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2016 registrations open

The online registrations for tourism buyers and sellers has begun for the 20-21 May, 2016 exchange which has been confirmed to be held at Australia’s iconic Sea World Resort Convention Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said the SPTO is pleased to be able to host another regional tourism exchange at one of Australia’s most iconic adventure and fun attractions on the Gold Coast.

Newly acquired kills boosts Tongan catering business

Moana, as she is more commonly known, joined 20 regional chefs at a week-long training workshop aimed at encouraging the use of local foods in cuisine, promoting creativity in food preparation and working with local communities to facilitate the supply of fresh and high-quality produce.