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Update from the Sustainable Tourism and Research Division

Pacific Greetings from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division!

October has been another busy month for SPTO.  The Board of Directors and the Council of Ministers met virtually on 27th and 28th October respectively.  With a few projects wrapping up this month, this issue will be another special edition focusing on regional developments in sustainable tourism, research and statistics. 

First up, we are pleased to report that the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework (PSTPF) and the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy were officially endorsed by the Council of Ministers.  This is an important milestone for the Pacific given the current situation of the tourism sector globally.  Congratulations and thank you for all the guidance and support.  We acknowledge our partners at TRC Tourism and IDEEA Group who were instrumental in progressing these initiatives with us.

Relating to the PSTPF, the launch of the PSTPF was marked with the signing and receiving of leadership pledges for the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Commitment.  Special recognition is given to the following early adopters who signed the Commitment before and on the day of the meeting:

  1. Federated States of Micronesia
  2. New Caledonia
  3. Samoa
  4. Niue

We also wish to acknowledge the following eight (8) countries who have expressed pledges to sign the Statement of Commitment:  Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu. 

In honour of our global and regional efforts to support the 26th United Nations Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, we would like to acknowledge the leadership of the Federated States of Micronesia in representing SPTO and the Pacific tourism sector at the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on 4 November 2021! 

Several projects wrapped up at the end of October including the launch of the SPTO SME Recovery Toolkit and the presentation of preliminary feasibility assessment findings regarding Geopark potential in Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  In this issue we update you on these projects and the work underway in Tuvalu for the development of its Sustainable Tourism Policy.  We also spotlight the collaborate partnership in promoting awareness on Agritourism experiences development in the Pacific. 

In terms of Research and Statistics, we are pleased to update you on the official launch of the SPTO Knowledge Hub (formerly RTRC) during the SPTO Board of Directors Meeting on 27 October.  As the year comes to an end, the division is gearing up to host the inaugural Pacific Islands Tourism Research Symposium on 30th November – 1st December 2021 with partners.  Stay tuned and ensure you register for the event to secure your seat.

Stay up to date with our Pacific Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat which will feature in its next issue sustainable tourism stories from French Polynesia!

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