In announcing the resignation of Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Board Chairman, Mr. Halatoa Fua, SPTO CEO Mr. Christopher Cocker, acknowledged the tremendous contributions, guidance, and strong leadership of the outgoing Chairman, particularly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having been a Board Director since 2012, Fua became the interim Chair in May 2020 before being elected as the Board Chairman in October 2020. In that time he has played a critical role in securing long–term funding from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, advancing key partnerships with other development partners, and has steered the re-positioning of SPTO to focus on digitalization and sustainable tourism and the changing needs of SPTO’s membership and donors in response to the pandemic.
“It has been a privilege and honor to serve under Halatoa’s chairmanship. He has been an open-minded, innovative, and inspiring leader during these unprecedented times. Halatoa is blessed with a calm, humble and friendly personality that has inspired the SPTO team during his chairmanship. His strategic vision for SPTO has helped us improve our financial position and secure critical long-term donor support, despite the hardships presented by COVID-19”, said Mr. Cocker.
“Earlier in the year we lost our Deputy Board Chairman, Josefa Tuamoto, who was a long-serving Director of SPTO and as we now prepare to farewell Halatoa we acknowledge their contributions and the high standard which they have set for the organisation as a whole”.
“We have an experienced and supportive Board of Directors who will now be led by our Deputy Chairman Mr. Faamatuainu Suifua of Samoa until our next Board meeting in May 2022”.
On behalf of the organisation and its membership, I wholeheartedly wish Halatoa the very best of luck in his new journey”, he said.
Mr. Fua’s resignation as SPTO Board Chairman will take effect on 10th December 2021. His resignation as CEO of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation will take effect on 14th January 2022, after which he will assume the role of the Director of the National Environment Service of the Cook Islands.