The Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, attended the 26th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Tourism recently held in the Cook Islands.
Minister Sala was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A), Papali’i Sonja Hunter and S.T.A’s Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley.
The meeting was opened by Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna.
According to the Communiqué, the Ministers encouraged member countries to continue in their partnership and collaboration, in the spirit of regionalism, in pursuing the sustainable development of the tourism sector for the longer-term benefits of Pacific Island economies.
On the agenda of the meeting was the South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s Work Plan and Budget for 2017.
“The Ministers acknowledged the S.P.T.O Work Plan and Budget for 2017 and the need for member countries to support S.P.T.O and the important work it undertakes for tourism in the region.
Of the Organisation’s advocacy role, the meeting endorsed the activities undertaken at both regional and international levels, especially, in participation at high-level regional meetings and its collaborative work with donors and development partners.
“The Ministers encouraged the Secretariat to continue advocating for the development of the members’ tourism industry at regional and international levels, and with other organisations and development partners.”
The meeting was also updated on the European Development Fund (E.D.F) 11
“The Ministers noted the update by the secretariat on the work in progress in relation to the European Development Fund (E.D.F) 11 and approved the revised key result areas and four pillars in S.P.T.O’s EDF 11 submission.”
The Ministers confirmed Vanuatu as the site of the next meeting.