Launched in June 2021, the Agritourism Experiences Talanoa Series is a joint initiative between the Pacific Tourism Organisation, the Pacific Agribusiness Research in Development Initiative Phase 2 and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community of the Pacific Community. The initiative aims to bring together agritourism experience practitioners, enthusiasts, tourism industry players and policy makers from around the Pacific to share their stories and learn from the journey of others.
Mr. Christopher Cocker, Chief Executive Officer noted the collaborative efforts of PARDI II, SPC and SPTO in creating this unique knowledge sharing space. He also acknowledged the efforts of the National Tourism Organisations and support groups including the Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation Network working tirelessly in strengthening linkages between tourism and agriculture.
“This platform encourages sharing and learning amongst our own Pacific experts who are in the agriculture and tourism sectors. We need to capitalise on the abundant produce of our lands and agritourism offers another opportunity for our people”, he said.
The series kicked off with a Bean to Bar Experiences Talanoa where stakeholders learnt from the journey of KokoMana in Savusavu Fiji and Miss Sunshine Organic Farms from Samoa. July took the conversation to Organically Tilled from Farm to Table – An Oceanic Pasifika Experience talanoa. This highlighted stories of organic farmers from Natura Kuki Airani in Cook Islands and Susana Yalicanacea from Cicia Island in the Lau Group of Fiji.
The third talanoa focused on The Sweet Buzzing Tour Tales which showcased the honey-farmers and their innovative efforts in exploring a new tourism segment. This included Waitaki Farm Fiji, Women in Business Development in Samoa and Tanna Coffee in Vanuatu.
Adding flavour to the mix, the October Talanoa provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the values and benefits that organic tourism and hospitality standards can bring into the Agritourism space for the Pacific region.
Stay tuned for more immersive learning experiences from the region as the Agritourism Experience Talanoa evolves. Should you wish to share your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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