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Update from the Division

Kia Orana and Greetings from the Division of Sustainable Tourism!

We are excited to share with you the sustainable tourism efforts of the Cook Islands including attaining the award for Best in Travel from Lonely Planet in 2021.  Learn about the Marae Moana, the world’s largest multiple-use Marine Park which spreads over the entire Exclusive Economic Zone of this Polynesian Paradise.  Get updated on some of the initiatives undertaken by the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and how the Te Ipukarea Society has continued to raise awareness amongst communities and visitors on the freely available UV treated water stations.  This month’s feature on Cook Islands is also fitting as we welcome onboard Ms. Karla Eggelton as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.  Congratulations Karla and we wish you well for the exciting journey ahead.

On the regional front, the Culture Ministers of the Pacific at its 5th Meeting saw the endorsement of the Regional Culture Strategy, a significant milestone for the Pacific which will support the role of tourism in amplifying and promoting Pacific culture and heritage.  Congratulations to all Member Countries, the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture and SPC for this great achievement.  In the climate change space, access the latest update on climate change science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.

Lastly, don’t miss the upcoming events and key announcements so read to the end and stay tuned as we bring you highlights from the Solomon Islands – the Hapi Isles in our next issue.

For more information, queries or feedback, you can contact us on sustainable@spto.org

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