The tourism sector in the EU is estimated to generate more than 10% of the EU GDP and approximately 12% of all jobs, many of which are within SMEs (European Commission, 2010). Tourism has proved resilient in these last decades, with the EU28 hosting 478 million international tourists in 2015, a notable increase from the 331 million in 2000 (UN World Tourism Organisation, 2016).
The second draft of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (VSTP) was presented to a group of stakeholders representing the government, private sector, NGOs, community and academia at the Holiday Inn on the December 14.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation continues to be a major contributor to the discussions on Sustainable Tourism in the region in line with 2017 being declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development by the United Nations.
A ONE year project on sustainable tourism in the Mamanuca Islands has received a funding boost from the US Embassy under its Pacific Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health Small Grant program.