SPTO welcomes new Tourism Planning Officer

Mr. Ahmad Ali, Tourism Planning Officer, Sustainable Tourism Development Division, SPTO.

Mr. Ahmad Ali, Tourism Planning Officer, Sustainable Tourism Development Division, SPTO.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Mr. Ahmad Ali to the position of Tourism Planning Officer and as part of the Sustainable Tourism Development Division.

“The scope of our work in sustainable tourism development is expanding and to support the evolving priorities of our 19 Pacific Island member countries and growing opportunities and challenges in this area, the Sustainable Tourism Development Division was established in 2016 to address these needs,” said SPTO CEO, Chris Cocker.

Cocker added that Ahmad is a welcome addition to the team and his expertise will help support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Sustainable Tourism Development Division in addressing the needs and priorities of our members and stakeholders.

Mr. Ahmad Ali holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Management & Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific with extensive experience in development, humanitarian response, programme management, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

He has also worked with notable organisations such as the International Labour Organisation and the Peoples Community Network.

“I am looking forward to working with the dynamic team at SPTO and as well as our member countries, stakeholders and partners in the Pacific tourism industry”, said Mr Ali.

Mr. Ali’s role as the Tourism Planning Officer will be to assist the Sustainable Tourism Development Manager, Ms. Christina Leala-Gale in the planning, documentation and implementation of sustainable tourism strategies, policies and projects in aid of regional sustainable tourism priorities of SPTO members. These will also involve strategy development and implementation; monitoring and evaluation; technical support to member countries and the industry; project design; research; and partner and donor relationship management.

About Sustainable Tourism Development Division

The Division was established in 2016 and is responsible for supporting the sustainable development of tourism in the Pacific in terms of the Environmental, Socio-Cultural and Economic aspects.

Key Functions include:

  • Capacity Building
  • Technical Assistance on Sustainable Tourism issues through SPTO Partnerships
  • Advisory Capacity on National Plans & Policies relative to Sustainable Tourism Development 

About SPTO

Established in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 20 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rapanui Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation enlists a private sector membership base.

For further information, please contact:

Alisi Lutu, Marketing Manager

South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)

Email: alutu@spto.org or +679 3304177

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