International delegates attending the Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference in Santo November 26th till 29th will experience firsthand Vanuatu’s unique traditional architecture.
The meeting venue for the conference is a traditional Nakamal located on Champagne Beach that is entirely constructed using local material and showcases traditional construction skills that are ancient but still very much alive.
Not only will the Nakamal be used for the week’s events, but it will then be donated to the community for their ongoing use providing a valuable resource for future meetings and events.
“We are delighted to have an iconic building in a rural and beautiful location,” says Almonique Seule from the SANMA Department of Tourism Team.
“This will also be great for community pride and educating our youth on continuing these traditional skills.”
While many of us in Vanuatu are used to gathering for meetings in Nakamals, this is not the case for many of the international delegates who are used to air conditioned Western designed conference buildings.
Along with our traditional architecture we will be showcasing Champagne Beach’s crystal waters and white sand, in addition to organising tours every afternoon for our delegates to experience the best of what Santo has to offer.
The Department of Tourism (DoT) with the support of New Zealand Government, are welcoming over 140 delegates many of whom will be traveling from the Pacific islands, USA, Australia, Caribbean and Europe.
The conference attendees will be experts in the field of sustainable tourism and speakers include Pacific counterparts such as Government officials from Palau, Cook Islands, and French Polynesia.
Discussion will be based on the implementation of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) to enable critical discussions based on sharing knowledge and experiences from other destinations.
The Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference is a unique opportunity for Santo to showcase itself as a sustainable tourism destination.
It also demonstrates the strong commitment by the DoT in developing and supporting the outer islands and highlights the importance of sustaining our natural environment to enabling ongoing tourism businesses to grow.