National Tourism Week

The inaugural Tourism Week starts this week and will be bringing delegates from Vanuatu, the region and international speakers to Port Vila. In this photo are women playing water music for tourists.

By Anita Roberts

The Government is set to host the inaugural Tourism Week bringing to Port Vila around 200 delegates to talk about tourism as an avenue for enhancing economic growth.

The Minister of Tourism, Joe Natuman, said this will be one of Vanuatu’s largest assemblies of tourism operators from within Vanuatu.

Over 60 local tourism operators and key stakeholders will be convening to share ideas and experiences, discuss and listen to experts speak on topics during a range of national and regional meetings starting today.

The National Tourism Forum and South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) Tourism Marketing Managers Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday).

Wednesday will witness the Pacific Tourism Insight Conference (PTIC) and the Pacific Tourism Board of Directors Meeting takes place the next day before the Pacific Tourism Ministers Meeting.

These events will be held at four different locations: Ramada Resort, Warwick Le Lagon Resort, Iririki Island Resort and the National Convention Centre.

Minister Natuman said “the meetings will bring a focus and great attention on tourism and its benefit to the broader community.

“Tourism is a global industry and taking the time to talk together, to listen and learn from each other is imperative to the success of tourism sector in all Pacific countries.”

The National Tourism Forum seeks to inspire policy makers on identifying common challenges and how to address them.

It will be centered on the theme: “Think global, grow global”.

The United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

According to Minister Natuman, the Pacific Tourism Insights Conference will bring international speakers to talk on subjects such as marketing, tourism funding, crisis management for tourism and sustainability.

Tourism Marketing Managers from Pacific Islands will discuss topics such as holistic regional marketing, regional successes and challenges, digital marketing, tourism trends for the pacific including sustainable tourism support 2017, and moving to 2018, and the new evolution of ‘always on’ marketing.

At the end of the week, the Pacific Tourism Ministers Meeting will discuss regional ways forward for tourism development and promotion through government policy making , implementation but most importantly commitment and partnership with he private sector to grow Pacific tourism.

The Vanuatu National Strategic Tourism Implementation Unit (VSTAP) is organizing this year’s national tourism week.

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