Twenty-five stakeholders provided their views and input to the SANMA Tourism Plan this week, at a second consultation workshop held over two days in Luganville.
Provincial government representatives from all area councils listened to presentations from the Department of Environment, Conservation and Protection, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, SANMA Municipal Government and Live and Learn.
Maps showing Ecological and Culturally Sensitive Areas were presented to the group, which was followed by enthusiastic discussions about how best to manage the impacts of tourism development to ensure sustainability within the destination.
Department of Tourism, Principal Outer Islands Officer, Ms Janet Samuel said tourism is playing the leading role in overseeing the development of this important management plan which will affect many sectors in the province.
“Our holistic approach to the implementation of the SANMA Sustainable Tourism Plan will ensure that all agencies and departments affected by tourism are involved in its development.
“The next consultation opportunity will be a third workshop for industry and community groups at the Chiefs Nakamal in Luganville on Tuesday 19 November. This will follow a verification visit to council areas between 10 to 15 November to listen to local communities and gather their input.
The SANMA Province Tourism Plan links to the sector policy, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy 2018-2030 and the guiding principles of the National Sustainable Development Plan.
Stakeholders who feel they have useful information and contributions to make, are asked to contact the Project Lead, Ms Norah Rihai at firstname.lastname@example.org