The training offers practical insights and expert guidance to assist tourism destinations and businesses in implementing effective steps and achieving tangible performance goals. It uses the GSTC Criteria as the training curriculum framework and incorporates best practice presentations, business and destination case studies, and in-depth advice and consultation on how to implement sustainability practices for businesses and destinations.
Participating countries include Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga. In an earlier intake for the training SPTO sponsored participants from the National Tourism Organisations of Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Three SPTO staff will also be participating in the training through UNDP Inclusive Growth Regional Project funding. Mr Mosese Nabulivou (Sustainable Tourism Officer), Ms Catherine Mara (Sustainable Tourism Assistant) and Ms Lusia Matairakula (Sustainable Tourism Project Assistant).
In acknowledging this important opportunity for staff and members SPTO CEO Christopher Cocker noted the strong focus on sustainability that SPTO has adopted in recent years.