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Tourism Development Important to Preserve Culture, Heritage: Ali

Shaheen Ali says sustainable tourism development is not only important for the growth of the economy, but is important to preserve culture and heritage. The Permanent Secretary for In­dustry, Trade
29 Oct 2017 11:00
Tourism Development Important to Preserve Culture, Heritage: Ali
Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr Shaheen Ali while planting tree at Thurston Garden during Fiji Museum Open Day & International Year for Sustainable Tourism Development Beautification Programme on October 28, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Shaheen Ali says sustainable tourism development is not only important for the growth of the economy, but is important to preserve culture and heritage.

The Permanent Secretary for In­dustry, Trade and Tourism was speaking during the Fiji Museum Open Day and the International Year for Sustainable Tourism Development Beautification Pro­gramme at Thurston Gardens yes­terday.

 

“2017 has been declared the ‘Inter­national Year of Sustainable Tour­ism for Development’ to bring to the forefront the potential of tour­ism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Develop­ment Goals (SDGs).

“As such, the International Year aims to support change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a sustainable tourism sector that can contribute effectively to the SDGs.

“Cultural and heritage tourism can be a key contributor to attract­ing tourists to Fiji.”

Therefore, he said, all industry players needed to take full account of their current business practices and its economic, social and envi­ronmental impact on the country.

“Sustainable tourism can contrib­ute to environmental conservation, and at the same time be the driver for managing cultural and natural heritage.

“Sustainable tourism can spur on the revitalisation of older build­ings and spaces and reinvigorate traditional customs.

“Our heritage and history is im­portant not only for the tourism sector but also for our future gen­erations.”

As part of the Open Day, the ministry, with the Fiji Museum, planted native trees, an initiative undertaken for the beautification of Thurston Gardens.

Lomaivuna Primary School as­sistant head teacher Naibuka Ra­sila said: “The open day was an eye opener for our students so that they can know more about tourist trade and the importance of plant­ing trees.”

Mr Rasila thanked the Ministry of Education for inviting them to the open day.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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