The head of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation says strengthening the participation of local communities and indigenous people in tourism development is the key to offering unique travel experiences.
Cruise ship tourism in the Pacific region is increasing steadily and in 2018 was the source of one million visitors to South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) member countries. This is an increase of 21% percent from 5 years ago.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation conducted a three day training workshop for the implementation of an upcoming air visitors survey set to take place in January 2019 with the Kiribati National Tourism Office (KNTO).
The inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (PTIC), which takes place in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Wednesday, October 25, is set to address key opportunities and challenges facing the region’s public and private sector tourism organisations. Planned and implemented by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in partnership with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) the conference opens with a keynote address on ‘cathedral thinking’ from Rick Antonson, author and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver.
The South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2017 came to a close this afternoon at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia with a majority of participants expressing their gratification with the two-day event and their commitment to participation in the next SPTE.