To mark International Women’s Day today, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation would like to recognize the unsung heroes of the region’s tourism industry – Pacific Women.
Making half of the population, Pacific women are represented at every level of the tourism industry from grassroots handcraft producers, and hotel and resort employees, to tourism industry executives.
A visit to Apia, Samoa offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience spectacular natural wonders and immerse yourself in the Island’s unique culture. The reefs surrounding the islands are excellent for diving and snorkelling, which are some of the most popular Samoa attractions. However, there is much more to do in this Polynesian paradise, so check out our top five list of what to do in Samoa.
“Tourists don’t just want to see Vanuatu – they want to taste it!” says Myriam Malao, president of the Port Vila Market cooked food vendor association in Vanuatu’s capital.
Bursting with ideas after attending the Pacific Agri-Tourism Forum in Apia in August, Mrs Malao is determined that Mamas (women market vendors) will be a big part of Vanuatu’s tourism future. Ms Malao’s attendance at the Agribusiness Forum was facilitated by the UN Women Markets for Change project and funded by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
The newly opened Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia was the venue for the 2016 International Chefs Day celebration in Samoa in October.
Local chefs held cooking demonstrations and talks on healthy food and lifestyles for children and youth, while chef trainers from the Australian Pacific Technical College assisted youth on the art of serving food on a plate.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is joining Pacific island countries to celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27.
“Without a doubt, the multi-billion dollar tourism sector is an important one for the Pacific islands region and this is a wonderful way to mark the many contributions it makes,” said SPTO chief executive Chris Cocker.
Renowned regional chefs Robert Oliver and Colin Chung cooked up a storm using Pacific ingredients in Apia this week as part of the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum.
The duo led a special chefs training workshop promoting innovative uses of Pacific ingredients and advocating in favour of greater consumption of local products.
From cascading waterfalls to pristine island beaches and Blue Lagoons, Port Vila is one of only a few places in the world where you can have so many once in a lifetime experiences within a couple minutes from each other.