‘Treasures of the South Pacific’, a series of events designed to educate and inspire Australian travel agents about the variety of tourism product and experiences available across the South Pacific, began its 2017 schedule of events last week in Melbourne and Adelaide, with both nights drawing strong attendance.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) hosted over 120 travel agents in Melbourne and another 60 agents at the Adelaide event.

Travel agents heard from representatives of the tourism offices of Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and from hidden treasures including: Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Tuvalu and American Samoa.


Left to Right: Julie Bowles, Bokissa Private Island Resort; Keith Gallacher, Destination Specific Marketing for Moorings Hotel & Hideaway Island Resort; Jayne Kinghorn, Iririki Island Resort & Spa; Erin O’Neil of Phil Hoffman Travel and Jessica Luxton, Vanuatu Tourism Office Australia

Alexandra Bell from Flight Centre, Collin’s Square was the lucky winner of a twelve-night trip to Vanuatu at the Melbourne event. The prize includes flights with Air Vanuatu and accommodation at Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Ramada Resort Port Vila, Bokissa Private Island Resort and The Havannah Vanuatu.

In Adelaide, Erin O’Neill of Phil Hoffman Travel won ten nights in Vanuatu staying at Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Moorings Hotel, Hideaway Island Resort and Bokissa Private Island Resort.

The next Treasures of the South Pacific events will take place later in the year, so put these dates in your diary:

Brisbane, 22 August 2017
Gold Coast, 23 August 2017
Sydney, 24 October 2017
Newcastle, 25 October 2017

Top image (L-R): Jayne Kinghorn, Iririki Island Resort & Spa; Julie Bowles, Bokissa Private Island Resort; David Callan, Travel Representation Service for The Havannah Vanuatu; Raumati Wikaire, Coconuts Travel Marketing for Ramada Resort Port Vila; winner Alexandra Bell from Flight Centre and Jessica Luxton, Vanuatu Tourism Office Australia

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