Published on : Friday, November 10, 2017
Yesterday, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation or SPTO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association. It is all set to develop tourism in the private sector and growing tourism arrivals in the South Pacific.
Christopher Cocker, the chief executive officer explained that it was a historical moment for the organization as the agreement was pending for quite sometime.
“One of the first things we will do after this agreement is organising sustainable monitoring workshops in Nadi and Suva,” he said.
They will look at four divisions: Sustainable tourism development, Research and statistics, Marketing and Area of human resource development training.
“It is always good to get a private sector feedback and also input into developing Pacific tourism in the region,” he added.
Mr Cocker also explained that sustainable tourism development was set up two years back and they have identified its importance.
Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto explained that the agreement was a stepping stone in order to get what the individual organizations do.
“It is also focused in making sure that the industry going forward is going to be developed and it’s going to be sustainable.”
Mr Seeto explained that closer link with SPTO will develop the South Pacific Tourism.
“We have the best climate and best people; it’s a natural for the South Pacific.” The MOU was signed yesterday at the SPTO office in Suva.