Published on : Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tourism is presumed to be Tonga’s biggest industry in the future and it is Tonga’s largest single source of foreign earning, ““about five times as that of Agriculture and Fisheries combined.” The tourism industry of Tonga also provides 25% employment opportunities.
According to the World Bank Pacific Possible study released this month, tourism industry could bring in an additional US$1.7 billion to the 11 Pacific Island Countries by 2040. The 11 Pacific Island Countries focused on are: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu.
The other World Bank Pacific Possible papers are on: Deep Sea Mining, Tuna Fisheries, Labour Mobility and Climate and Disaster Resilience. As per the World Bank Pacific Possible paper on tourism, the 11 Pacific Island Countries (PIC11) have great potential to initiate changes. It said that tourism presents PIC11 with chances for preserving the environment and cultural heritage through sustainable development practices.
The report predicted that the PIC11 can attract almost one million Chinese tourists by 2040. That one million of the 3.7 million international tourists that it predicted will be visiting the PIC11 in 2040.