Inspired by the incredible display of Vanuatu’s unparalleled beauty and culture as well as the influential discussions presented at the Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference, the Directors of Tourism from Vanuatu, Palau, the Cook Islands, drafted the Statement of Intent for a collaboration in sustainable tourism.
While tourism already directly contributed to more than 12% of the total GDP for Pacific island economies in 2016, the World Travel & Tourism Council has forecast a further increase of 5 – 6% per annum for the tourism sector’s share to GDP in the Pacific between 2017 and 2027.
The Pacific Islands Centre (PIC) the Tokyo, Japan-based office that works with the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Network teamed up with Tabix, one of Japan’s leading provider of domestic and international travel related services to host a promotional event for Pacific Island tourism.
Tourism in the Pacific is increasing, with the growth in arrivals expected to accelerate until 2025. Visitor numbers across six Pacific nations have increased by nearly 50 per cent during the decade 2005–2015.
2017 has been declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for development by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), reflecting the strong commitment of the tourism sector to achieving the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), adopted by governments in 2015.