Overview

Pacific greetings from the Research & Statistics Team! The Pacific Tourism Organisation acknowledges the importance of research and statistics as a key strategic priority in developing the region as a competitive and highly visited tourism destination. In hindsight, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided individual countries and the Pacific region with an opportunity to reset, rethink and rebuild tourism back to be more resilient and sustainable. A range of tourism research initiatives have been and continue to be undertaken in the Pacific region. Recognising the invaluable contribution of such research and knowledge to the recovery planning efforts of Pacific Island Countries during these unprecedented times, SPTO brings clear and concise travel & tourism research and insights to Pacific Island Countries, partner organisations, private sector and development partners is fundamental in moving forward.

Division Role and Functions

The Research and Statistics Division’s primary goal, as highlighted in Strategic Priority 3 of the SPTO Strategic Plan 2020-2024, is to ensure timely and quality statistics and research are readily available to all tourism stakeholders for decision and policy-making. This goal is achieved through collaborative partnerships and a focus on three strategic areas:

    • Strategy 1: Enhance Data Collection and Analysis Systems
      • Action: SPTO will work closely with tourism offices, statistics offices, and technical experts to develop and strengthen systems for data collection and analysis.
      • Outcome: Improved quality, timeliness, and reliability of statistical information, supporting effective planning, policy development, and strategic decision-making at national and regional levels.
    • Strategy 2: Foster Partnerships and Capacity Building
      • Action: SPTO will strengthen relationships with regional partners such as the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Data Hub, as well as national and regional research institutions. This includes consulting with members to assess needs, challenges, and gaps in tourism statistics and research.
      • Outcome: Increased capacity and skills development among national statistics officers, ensuring coherence with regional statistics programs and prioritizing members’ research needs through ongoing engagement.
    • Strategy 3: Utilize Digital Technologies and Market Intelligence
      • Action: SPTO will explore options for utilizing new digital technologies and appropriate platforms to connect statistical information to stakeholders. This includes becoming the hub of Pacific tourism research and information.
      • Outcome: Enhanced market intelligence and targeted research capabilities, enabling timely and informed responses to challenges such as the impact of COVID-19 on Pacific Island economies, and supporting sustainable tourism policies and development outcomes.

For any queries or questions, please contact the Research and Statistics team at research@spto.org

Research

To ensure timely and quality statistics and research, through collaborative partnerships, are readily available to all tourism stakeholders for decision and policy-making.

Pacific greetings from the Research & Statistics Team! The Pacific Tourism Organisation acknowledges the importance of research and statistics as a key strategic priority in developing the region as a competitive and highly visited tourism destination.  In hindsight, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided individual countries and the Pacific region with an opportunity to reset, rethink and rebuild tourism back to be more resilient and sustainable.  A range of tourism research initiatives have been and continue to be undertaken in the Pacific region.  Recognising the invaluable contribution of such research and knowledge to the recovery planning efforts of Pacific Island Countries during these unprecedented times, SPTO brings clear and concise travel & tourism research and insights to Pacific Island Countries, partner organisations, private sector and development partners is fundamental in moving forward.

For any queries or questions, please contact the Research and Statistics team at research@spto.org

Division Structure

Manager Research and Statistics oversees:

o Pacific Tourism Data Initiative (PTDI)

  • Senior Research Officer
  • Research Officer 1
  • Research Officer 2
  • Research Officer 3

o Core

  • MEL Officer
  • Programme Analyst
  • Assistant Programme Analyst

Prashil Parkas is the Manager Research and Statistics at SPTO, overseeing the Research and Statistics team and all its initiatives. His role aligns with SPTO’s goals of enhancing tourism data collection and sustainable tourism development. Prashil initially joined SPTO as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and his commendable work led to his promotion. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Science – Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of the South Pacific. Before SPTO, he was the Deputy Manager of Institutional Statistics and Analysis at Fiji National University.

Malika Prasad is the Programme Analyst within the SPTO Research and Statistics team. Malika joined SPTO after a commendable stint at Investment Fiji. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics. Malika specializes in project management, networking, and research and analysis. Malika Prasad contributes to SPTO’s mission by leveraging her expertise in data collection, report writing, and framework development to promote sustainable tourism initiatives. Her analytical skills and project management abilities play a crucial role in shaping strategies that enhance the resilience and long-term viability of tourism in the Pacific region.

John Rosa serves as the Assistant Programme Analyst in the SPTO Research and Statistics team. His responsibilities are in line with SPTO’s objectives to improve tourism data collection and promote sustainable tourism development. John joined SPTO after a successful tenure at Fiji’s Ministry of Tourism. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of the South Pacific.

Shayneel Narayan is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer within the SPTO Research and Statistics team. Shayneel supports SPTO’s strategic priorities through stakeholder engagement, oversees MEL frameworks, fosters partnerships, and implements capacity-building initiatives, ensuring effective program management and organizational learning. Shayneel joined SPTO after a commendable two-year stint at the Medical Services Pacific, a locally based NGO, as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Previously he had interned at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as a Research officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Fiji National University.

Rovarovaivalu Vesikula (Rova): Rova serves as the Senior Research Officer for PTDI. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce and a Master of Commerce (Economics). His career includes roles as a Business Adviser at the Market Development Facility, a Research & Insights Officer at Tourism Fiji, and a Research Analyst at Investment Fiji. With extensive experience in economic research and market analysis, Rova oversees the PTDI Project in Papua New Guinea

Nemani Tebana: Nemani is a Research Officer with the SPTO PTDI team. He previously excelled as a Senior Officer in Research & Statistics at the Tourism Authority of Kiribati. With an undergraduate degree in Economics & Mathematics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management, Nemani is well-equipped to contribute significantly to the initiative. He manages the PTDI Project in Kiribati, Tonga, and Samoa.

Tarusila Ratuvakalevulevu (Taru): Taru is a Research Officer within the SPTO PTDI team. She joined SPTO after a notable tenure at Fiji’s Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, where she was a Research Officer in the Research & Monitoring Unit. Taru holds a Master of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific. She oversees the PTDI Project in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Timor Leste.

Josese Ragigia: Josese is a Research Officer with the SPTO PTDI team. He advanced from an Assistant Programme Analyst at SPTO and has also worked with the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. His dedication to the initiative’s goals and his experience make him a valuable asset to the team. Josese manages the PTDI Project in Cook Islands, Niue, and the Federated States of Micronesia – Yap State.