With an objective to explore an innovative way to reduce poverty through linking smaller agriculture to the tourism industry, regional and national key players in agriculture and tourism industry are coming together this whole week in Nadi, Fiji, for the Pacific Community Agritourism Week.
Opening today (29 June) Pacific Community Agritourism Week is a join collaborative effort of the European Union funded Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union funded Pacific Regional Capacity Building Programme implemented by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) as well as the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of the South Pacific.
The event which will be a week packed event includes workshops, conferences, presentations, forums, field visits to case studies, discussions, and seminars.
Meanwhile, although Tourism and Agriculture are two of Vanuatu’s biggest industries, when it comes to blending them together it is almost non-exist therefore Agritourism is expected to be a new concept for the country.
It is understood that none of the Vanuatu Government officials from Agriculture Department and Tourism are attending.
But according to organizers, Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the European Union, Roy Mickey Joy, is expected to attend the event.
The official opening and most of the activity will be taking place at the Hotel Sofitel, Denarau Island.