AFBC NEWS : 21st Jul 2016

MOU recognises common interests in growing Fiji tourism.

Photo: Private sector, tourism, agribusiness folks following the SPTO-PIPSO MOU signing.
(Credit: PIPSO Facebook)

— By Manasa Kalouniviti, Fiji Times

SOUTH Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) at FNPF Place in Suva yesterday to work together to promote tourism and private sector development in the region.

Chairwoman Papalii Matatamalii Sonja Hunter, who signed on behalf of SPTO, said sustainable tourism was the key to development in the region.

"The SPTO has worked with PIPSO in past years and with this MOU, we will formalise a partnership that will build stronger tourism and private sector development in the region. Our tourism private sectors are the backbone of our industry and the engine of our economy," Ms Hunter said.

She said they were pleased and were celebrating the formalising of their new arrangement and would ensure they kept to the agreement.

Meanwhile, PIPSO's newly-elected chairman Howard Politini says it's a great day for Pacific regionalism, in particular tourism which is the bedrock of Pacific Island economies.

"We welcome the partnership under this new structured agreement. In the next few years, we will try to drive private sector development in tourism which is an area of potential growth for tourism," Mr Politini said.

"Partnerships hold the highest potential for the most efficient resource management, efficiency and broader creativity and innovation, especially in the tourism sector which offers visitors to our beautiful Pacific Islands a special, enjoyable experience every time they visit."

The MOU is aimed at promoting sustainable and economic growth and social benefits to the region by combining the resources, networks and experiences of the two organisations.

The event was followed by a luncheon as a triple celebration for the MOU launch, Mr Politini's election and the appointment of new SPTO chief executive officer Christopher Cocker, who replaced former CEO Ilisoni Vuidreketi last month.

Story by Fiji Times

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