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Twelfth Meeting Of The Council Of Ministers Of Tourism

PRESS RELEASE
TWELFTH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF TOURISM
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The 12th Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, expressed its full commitment to support the development of tourism in the region. The Council emphasised the role of tourism as a regional priority sector for social and economic development. The Council recognised and endorsed South Pacific Tourism Organisation's (SPTO) role in developing and promoting the regional tourism sector.

The Council recognised that while tourism has priority in national and regional policies, it continues to lack the financial support required for the industry’s advancement. It noted that SPTO was at a crossroad, requiring the Council to encourage their respective governments to be proactive in supporting SPTO. An increase in the country membership contribution was recommended as one of the mechanisms to maintain the saliency of the organisation to the tourism industry in the region. Management was advised to immediately devise a new contribution structure based on operational needs of the organisation.

The Council recognised the need to address the specific requirements of Small Island States; services provided by SPTO should reflect these. The need for SPTO to provide greater assistance in the areas of marketing and human resource development to both SIS and other members of SPTO was highlighted.

The Council agreed to provide full support to SPTO in its membership drive in an effort to persuade New Zealand, Australia and non-Council Forum Island members to become members of SPTO. The sensitivity of the position of China and Taiwan was recognised to require some caution.

The Council recognised the delays experienced by SPTO in its effort to form the Pacific Ecotourism Association, due to the need for a study to be undertaken on the definition and costs and benefits of the concept as applied to the region.

The Council recognised the need for SPTO’s new Regional Tourism Strategy and Corporate Plan to undergo further consultation with member countries and industry stakeholders prior to final adoption. The National Tourist Offices, private sector and Ariki (High Chiefs) input into this process was noted to be of value.

The Council amended several clauses of SPTO's constitution to provide more efficiency and flexibility to the Board in conducting its meetings. In the spirit of regional cooperation, the Council agreed to retain American Samoa’s membership, at this time when SPTO seeks further membership from within and outside the region. The Council called for the European Union, the Regional Authorising Officer and the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) to support the inclusion of tourism projects in the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme under the EU’s 9th EDF.

The observers present at the meeting noted several areas pertinent to the development of the Tourism Industry being undertaken by their respective organisations.

The observer from the University of the South Pacific noted the involvement of the University in the creation of a ‘Centre of Excellence for Tourism’, including research and development, and provision of post-graduate degrees and vocational courses.

The observer from the Asian Development Bank commented that the Bank is currently undertaking a study on private sector development in the Pacific, providing an opportune time to include the tourism sector in the study.

The observer from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat commented on the call of Forum Leaders for closer collaboration between Forum Secretariat and SPTO. This resulted in the provision of two technical assistants from EU; formation of a task force to assist SPTO with the strategy, corporate plan and funding identification; the possibility of using the Forum Secretariat’s Trade offices in Beijing and other locations to assist the promotion of tourism; and assistance and collaboration in civil aviation and airline services.

The observer from South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) supported the promotion of nature-based tourism in the areas of the cultural preservation and environment conservation as well as the formation of a good practices policy for ecotourism.

The Council recognised the assistance provided by some of the donor agencies and countries on a bilateral level, including NZAID, AUSAID and others. The Council expressed its gratitude to the Government of Cook Islands and the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation for hosting the 12th Council of Ministers meeting. The presence of the Ariki was acknowledged as an indication of how the leaders of local communities can contribute in the development of tourism. The Council agreed to hold the next Council Meeting in the Cook Islands again, concurrent with the 4th South Pacific Tourism Conference scheduled to be held around the same time in 2003.
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From the Editors Desk

Welcome to the fourth edition of PNG Tourism Update, which is the official newsletter of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. It is published monthly and is part of the overall effort by the TPA to promote tourism in PNG.

The first three issues were Emailed to organizations and individuals both within and outside the country. If you did not receive the first three issues and would like to do so, please let us know.

We are also working on expanding our mailing list and if you would like to be included, please let us know. It is also suggested that those who receive this newsletter by Email print out extra copies and pass on to others, particularly those who are involved in the industry.

It is also suggested that recipients in turn Email to their contacts so that we can reach the widest possible audience. With this newsletter we want to reach all involved in the tourism industry - from industry associations to small-scale tour operators - and all other individuals and operators with an active interest in PNG tourism.

The Editor (Attn Malum Nalu)
PNG Tourism Update
C/ Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority,
2nd Floor Pacific MMI Building,
P.O. Box 1291, Port Moresby,
NCD, Papua New Guinea.

Telephone: (675) 3200211,
Facsimile: (675) 3200223.


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Stop Press! www.pngtourism.org.pg for the great “Papua New Guinea Experience”

The new – look user – friendly PNG Tourism Promotion Authority web site was launched on Friday, October 4, at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby.
Acting TPA Board Chairman Mr Michael Yai Pupu launched the web site in front of a good crowd of people including industry association members, operators, representatives from private and public sectors, and the media.
The launch of the web site allows the “Papua New Guinea Experience” at one’s fingertips anywhere in the world. Datec Web Development Section designed and developed the site.
Datec assisted greatly with its professional services in the development of the web site. Datec’s design and production team included Mr Morali Gudipati (site structure design and development), Mr Abraham Paichua (site editing and maintenance), and Mr Nasser Kaviani (overall project management, design specification, and implementation).

The PNG TPA team included Information Technology officer Mr Barry Ludin, Marketing Manager Mr Peter Vincent, and Chief Executive Officer Mr John Kambowa.

Mr Kaviani described the web site as PNG’s “best salesman” who would be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without complaint.
Chief Executive Mr Kambowa said the web site would not only be for the benefit of PNG TPA and the tourism industry, but for PNG as a whole.

“We endeavor to provide information that is easily accessible through current global development trends in our world of E – Commerce,” he said. Following on from the launching, Datec will put in place tools to monitor the site for a few weeks. Relevant statistics will be compiled and presented to the PNG TPA for review and analysis. Using these statistics, there may be further site improvements to further its usability and efficiency in terms of information updates.
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