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Update from the Sustainable Tourism and Research Division – May 2021

Malo e lelei from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division at SPTO! In this issue of the Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat, our feature country is the Kingdom of Tonga! Through close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, we are pleased to feature a number of industry and cultural festivals celebrating Tongan culture whilst also strengthening linkages ... read more

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Research and Stats Update: May 2021

Endorsement of the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy At its recent Board of Directors Meeting held on 26 May 2021, the SPTO Board of Directors reviewed and endorsed the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy 2021-2030. The PTSS defines strategies and actions to increase the production of a new and broader range of tourism data and encourage the ... read more

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Cook Islands travel bubble: What you need to know before you go

Kia orana! One of the safest places in the world has finally opened up to New Zealanders. The Cook Islands are beautiful – lush tropical mountainous islands are fringed with stunning white sandy beaches and blue lagoons. New Zealanders are lucky to have the Cooks open up to them as one of the first quarantine-free travel bubbles following the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s ... read more

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LEADING BUSINESSES, NGOS AND GOVERNMENTS FROM ACROSS THE PLASTIC SUPPLY CHAIN AND THE REGION UNITE BEHIND 2025 TARGETS TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC PACKAGING WASTE. The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) has today launched in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, uniting businesses, NGOs and governments behind a series of ambitious 2025 Targets to eliminate plastic ... read more

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NTO Update from Tonga

In early April the Destination Development Division of the Ministry of Tourism conducted its first ever Tour Guide training at ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua. Conducted by Mr. Lopeti Filo of Tonga Skills, the training was attended by a total of twenty (20) individuals from local tour operators, domestic airlines, and high schools. Speaking at the awards ceremony ... read more

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