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).
As a sector that requires substantial energy input, tourism can accelerate the shift toward renewable energy and increase its share in the global energy mix. Consequently, by promoting sound and long-term investments in sustainable energy sources, tourism can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change and contribute to innovative and new energy solutions in urban, regional and remote areas. (UNWTO)
In May, the entire NCT team gave a warm welcome for their new director Jean-Marc Mocellin. A New Caledonian by birth, he has returned home after a lengthy and successful period in the international hospitality business.
For the first time, New Caledonia's tourism professionals held a workshop in China, focusing on New Caledonia as a tourist destination, with a view to developing and establishing business relationships with the Chinese tourism industry. A first approach which proved highly instructive for the 15 local travel professionals taking part, with numerous meetings arranged from 12 to 16 June in Beijing and Shanghai.
Tourism can play a critical role in achieving water access and security, as well as hygiene and sanitation for all. The efficient use of water in the tourism sector coupled with appropriate safety measures, waste water management, pollution control and technology efficiency can be key to safe guarding our most precious resource. (UNWTO)
To stimulate group visits from Japan, New Caledonia Tourism and Aircalin are running an
incentive programme from April 2017 to March 2018, offering gifts to members of Japanese
tourist groups and an air ticket for the tour escort.
Tourism provides an opportunity to empower Pacific people through improved access to quality education and vocational training. The future of tourism in the Pacific hinges on the ability of our Pacific island countries to deliver quality services that exceed visitors’ expectations. Tourism therefore requires a skilled, well-trained and motivated workforce to bridge the gap between industry demand for qualified and skilled staff and what is available locally.