Tourism officers in professional development workshop

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Bob Loughman attended the opening of the Tourism Officers Professional Development Workshop yesterday

A workshop is underway in Port Vila that aims to identify and improve knowledge and skills needed to achieve tourism industrial goals.

Facilitated by the Australian Government-funded Vanuatu Skills Partnership Program, the three-day Tourism Officers Professional Development Workshop is essential for the Department of Tourism (DoT) to increase awareness about the industry and ensure all staff are on the same page.

Participants are officers serving in the remote areas, staff of the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), DoT and the corporate office of the Ministry of Tourism and Trades.

They have been talking about relevant issues relating to tourism, sharing experiences and discussing how to improve performance and excel in work places since yesterday (Wednesday).

By the end of the workshop tomorrow, all participants should have a clear understanding of their organisational plans and policies.

They must also know how to conduct themselves professionally at all times.

The Acting Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Tourism, George Borugu, highlighted the importance of achieving industry targets through team spirit and partnership.

The workshop is designed to prepare local tourism staff to respond to industry demands, said the Acting Director of Tourism, Donald Pelam.

Tourism industry has been a great player in the country’s economy.

Acting Director Pelam applauded all tourism officers for their continuous valuable contribution in growing Vanuatu’s tourism sector.

The workshop is part of a series of workshops agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Vanuatu Skills Partnership and the Department of Tourism last year.

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