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SPTO Fua And Tuamoto New Chair And Deputy Chair

“Over the years’ tourism has solidified its role as one of the most economically viable sectors in our region."
29 Oct 2020 08:15
SPTO Fua And Tuamoto New Chair And Deputy Chair
Halatoa Fua & Josefa Tuamoto

For the first time in its history the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) had convened a virtual meeting of its Board of Directors.

The meeting also comprised of government representatives from 20 Pacific Island countries and China, along with four representatives from the private sector.

First on the agenda for yesterday’s meeting was the election of a Chair and Deputy Chairperson of the board and in that regard Halatoa Fua of the Cook Islands was elected as the Chairman for a term of three years.

Mr Fua, the CEO of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, had previously been serving as the Interim Chairman of the Board. In acknowledging his appointment, Mr Fua mentioned the important work that lies ahead for the organisation in light of COVID-19.

“Over the years’ tourism has solidified its role as one of the most economically viable sectors in our region.

“Although the impacts of COVID-19 have been prolonged and severe, we must look ahead and capitalise on opportunities which will help us to not only recover but rethink our collective approach to the future of our Pacific tourism industry”, said Mr Fua.

“Under new and reinvigorated leadership and with the support of all stakeholders, it is my hope that SPTO can position itself as a global leader in sustainable tourism development which will enable meaningful contribution to the realization of tourism’s full potential in our region.”

Josefa Tuamoto, CEO of Tourism Solomons, was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Board. In his address to the Board, Mr Tuamoto emphasised the need for regional cooperation and solidarity in order to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19 but particularly in relation to the reopening of borders in the region.

The SPTO Board meeting concluded yesterday.

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