The 2023 Pacific Sustainable Tourism Leadership Summit (PSTLS), held in French Polynesia on October 15-16, has ignited a new era of sustainable tourism in the Pacific region.
With fervent dialogue challenging conventional norms and showcasing innovative opportunities, the Summit has paved the way for co-creating resilient destinations and forging meaningful partnerships for the future. The summit has heralded a new era of sustainability, partnership, and resilience, paving the way for a brighter future for Pacific communities.
The Summit acknowledged the 14 Outcomes of the inaugural Pacific Youth Forum on Sustainable Tourism held earlier this year. It recognised the importance of encouraging meaningful involvement of youth and valuing their contribution to shaping tourism policies, marketing, and destination development. The list below summarises the outcomes discussed at the summit:
Economic empowerment of communities through inclusive tourism development
Culture and people-centered approaches to tourism development
Partnering for green investment for community prosperity through tourism
Climate financing for Tourism Resilience
Partnering for Success – The discussions on future partnerships are duly acknowledged. These are the key messages:
The 2023 PSTLS has not only sown the seeds of sustainable tourism but watered them with inspiration and determination. Moving towards a more sustainable and resilient Pacific, these outcomes will serve as the guiding light, steering the region toward a brighter future.