Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vanuatu partakes in Regional Tourism & Hospitality Human Resources Development Plan Workshop

Workshop participants.

The South Pacific Tourism Organization under the Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP) coordinated and facilitated a one day workshop in the heart of Western Samoa, Apia on the 05th of December 2012 for the development of a Regional Tourism and Hospitality Human Resources Development Plan.  The workshop gathered all members of the Pacific region who are members of the SPTO to contribute to this HRD plan for the tourism sector for the Pacific. Mrs. Sonja Hunter, head of the Samoa Tourism Authority welcomed everyone from across the Pacific and provided words of encouragement for all to see how important the tourism sector is to their small island economies.  The workshop was officially opened by the Acting Prime Minister of Samoa, Honourable Afioga Nuafesili Fonotoe P. Lauofo who made special remarks on the sustainability of this growing sector throughout the Pacific. He stressed that the relevance of this HRD plan will assist the Pacific Islands nations for building a stronger tourism sector that is sustainable and that considers environmental issues that are currently facing the countries as well.  The workshop was presented by Mr. Simon Milne from the New Zealand Research Institute and Dr. Semisi Taumoepeau from AIS St Helens in New Zealand.  Mrs. Adela Aru from the Department of Tourism and Mr. Kevin Tabi from the Vanuatu Institute of Technology represented the Vanuatu delegation and provided relevant input into the workshop for ensuring that Vanuatu benefits from the 6 programs identified in the formulation of the plan. 2 key programs that will use Vanuatu as the role model is the Cruise Preparedness Program and the Chinese Expectations and Culture Program. Mr.Filipe Tuisawau, HRD Specialist for the SPTO who manages this activity under this project acknowledged the contributions provided by all stakeholders and further provided compliments to the European Union for providing financial support for the Pacific countries through the SPTO.