Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tourism Symposium organizers thank all

By Joseph Cheer: Dear Colleagues, Firstly, a belated ‘tank yu tumas’ for your participation at the symposium last week. The event would not have worked without the generous support of presenters and the attendance of participants (and those who tried but were unable to make it).  In particular, our thanks to Monash University, Vanuatu Department of Tourism, Vanuatu Tourist Office, Poppy’s on the Lagoon, PiPP and both the New Zealand and Australian High Commission to Vanuatu. It was a great privilege to have the majority of key stakeholders in the room in a spirit of goodwill and friendship, and with the united goal of strengthening the country’s tourism sector. It was also a reminder of the magnitude of the task ahead. Since 2009, both Keir and I, with the support of Monash University, have pursued this research project and our dedication to assisting tourism sector research and related strengthening initiatives in Vanuatu and the region remains strong. With our partners USP and Massey University we look forward to building the momentum. Monash University’s considerable investment in hosting the symposium is a clear sign that we are committed to working with you over the long term and ensuring that our research program assists the development of a deeper understanding of the impacts of tourism and helps inform tourism sector policy. In the coming months we would like to complete a number of initiatives to allow us to work towards meeting some of the resolutions that were proposed at the culmination of the symposium. 1. Finalise Symposium Report/Proceedings. 2.  Finalise a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Vanuatu Tourist Office (VTO). 3.  Finalise a Memorandum of Understanding with VHRA and VTOA. 4. Finalise a Memorandum of Understanding with PiPP. 5. Finalise a Memorandum of Understanding with TAFEA Tourism Council. 6. Finalise a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. 7. Continue to facilitate the promotion of the tourism sector as a key development partner and positioning it for increased donor support. 8.      Continue our advanced discussions with Carnival Australia (CAU), the tourism sector and donors on the South Pacific Cruise Tourism Research Initiative. 9. Finalize preparations for the joint USP/Monash University ‘Tourism and Development in Small States Conference: Global and Local Perspectives’ September 12-14, 2012. If you wish to attend as participant or presenter please register your interest with us ASAP. We look forward to seeing you in September. Until then stay tuned for more. Tank yu tumas, Joseph & Keir.