In the deep blue Fijian waters of the Lomaiviti archipelago, there sits the coral cay that is Leleuvia Island Resort, a 68,000 square metre islet that is adopting and implementing sustainable tourism practices because they understand that acting locally impacts globally.
2017 has been named as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism by the UN World Tourism Organisation.
Why? The goal of the year is to recognise and celebrate the huge impact that tourism has on our world: on our environment, on our societies, and on the global economy.
A Cruise Specialist and International Travel Consultant from New Zealand recently enjoyed an eight -night holiday in Fiji, as one of the monthly winners of the South Pacific Specialist Competition. Kristal Jenkins works for Cruiseabout New Plymouth and was entered into the draw for the competition in September last year, following her completion of the South Pacific Specialist online training, offered by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
Tourism is one of the driving forces of global economic growth, and currently provides for 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. By giving access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, society particularly youth and women, can benefit from increased skills and professional development. The sector’s contribution to job creation is reflected in Target 8.9 ‘’By 2030 devise and implement policies that contribute to sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products” (UNWTO).