The Pacific Tourism Research Cooperation Framework is designed to foster transformative collaboration and strengthen regional cooperation and global partnerships. By outlining the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, the framework provides a robust governance structure for tourism research in the Pacific. This structure facilitates the setting of research priorities, execution of research projects, and pooling of resources where applicable.

Key components of the framework include:

  • Collaborative Governance: Establishing a research governance structure that encourages collective ownership and shared benefits.
  • Role Definition: Clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in tourism research.
  • Research Prioritization: Developing mechanisms to decide on research priorities collaboratively.
  • Resource Pooling: Encouraging partnerships to maximize resource utilization and effectiveness.
  • Guidance for Researchers: Acting as a manual for researchers to navigate bureaucratic processes and advance their research endeavors efficiently.
  • Operational Resilience: Embedding resilience in the framework to ensure stakeholders can adapt and respond to changing conditions.

The PTRCF aims to create a green and blue Pacific, characterized by common prosperity for all Pacific Islands, through timely and relevant research. This framework guides cross-sectoral partnerships and collaboration, supporting the development of a robust and resilient tourism sector. It emphasizes moving beyond engagement towards genuine action, ensuring that tourism recovery strategies are aligned with a clear framework for effective decision-making.

By implementing the PTRCF, SPTO and its partners are committed to fostering a sustainable and prosperous future for Pacific tourism. The framework enables transformative collaboration, strengthened regional cooperation, and global partnerships, all of which contribute to achieving a resilient and thriving tourism sector in the Pacific.