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Update from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division

Iọkwe from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division!

For this month, we take you to the Republic of Marshall Islands where we will be sharing their journey towards building back tourism to be more resilient, sustainable and inclusive. These stories have been compiled through close collaboration with the team from RMI’s Office of Commerce, Investment and Tourism (OCIT), which is the country’s National Tourism Organisation. In this issue, learn about the OCIT’s recent events in Kwajalein Atoll, the Night Market and ‘Taste of the Marshall Islands’ events at Majuro Atoll, which have been organized in response to the impacts of the pandemic and to stimulate business and economic activity for the various SMEs in the country.

Learn about the Government’s framework in place on the Reimaanlok Conservation Area Management Planning that involved a range of stakeholders including government agencies, local communities, scientific and educational institutes and regional organisations. We also bring to you in this issue, the Ao Kapijuknen Project which is spearheaded by the International Office of Migration and funded by the US Embassy to create women-led projects throughout RMI.

At the regional level, we would like to announce the successful conclusion of two trainings that SPTO had implemented in partnership with Rosie Academy, with the support of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat for SPTO Small Island States. These include the Service Excellence course which concluded in early July and the Destination Marketing & Inbound Travel course which ended in mid-August 2021. A virtual certificate presentation was held on 19th August for the 58 participants who successfully completed the courses from the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tokelau. Other non-SIS countries which also benefitted include Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. A hearty thank you and congratulations to the participants who completed the trainings successfully!

In terms of other regional initiatives, learn about the Pacific Ecotourism Recovery Initiative which aims to assess the feasibility of developing geotourism opportunities within existing ecotourism sites in the four pilot countries of Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. This is a unique opportunity that will set the pace for establishing geoparks in the Pacific.

In the area of Research and Statistics, we are happy to share with you in this issue, updates on progress made in relation to a range of activities including the preparation of the 3 Year Work Plan, Budget and Resourcing Plan and the Communication Plan for the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy. Also featured is an update on the inaugural Pacific Islands Tourism Research Symposium which is planned to be convened virtually by SPTO and its Member Countries in close collaboration with key partners and the research community at the end of November.

Also in this issue, we spotlight the partnership between WWF and Willis Towers Watson which aims to assist the safeguarding of Melanesian countries against Climate Change threats. UNDP’s recent progress report on Rising Up for Small Island Developing States is the Resource of the Month, and don’t forget to check the announcements from the region and industry.

Stay up-to-date with our Pacific Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat which will feature in its next issue a regional update on World Tourism Day celebrations this year!

Any queries or feedback can be directed to sustainable@spto.org

Kommol Tata (Thank You!)

Team STRD

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