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Another nation makes tourism commitment

Tokelau has become the seventh member of the Pacific Tourism Organisation to sign the Pacific Leaders Statement of Commitment.

Tokelau is a remote group of atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

Tokelau’s Minister of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment Faafetai Taumanu said solidarity was needed in the Pacific to ensure the future of the islands were protected.

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“As a Small Island State, Tokelau is proud to add our voice to this call for change. We are a unique and diverse region but we must stand united in our commitment to doing better for the future of our Blue Pacific,” he said.

Mr Taumanu said Tokelau, like much of the Pacific’s smaller destinations, has unique and unspoilt offerings that are waiting to be discovered by travellers who wish to venture off the beaten track.

Tokelau’s Minister of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment Faafetai Taumanu. Picture: Supplied by SPTO

Tokelau is the seventh SPTO member to sign the commitment, joining the Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Niue, Vanuatu and Timor Leste.

The Statement of Commitment is inspired by various tourism stakeholders including Pacific nations, industry, civil society, development partners, and global agencies, all of whom are committed to advancing sustainable tourism across the region by 2030.

It holds Pacific leaders accountable to elevating sustainable tourism as a regional priority for environmental, socio-cultural, and economic development. Moreover, it also aims to make Pacific tourism a force for good through the adoption and implementation of the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework.

The Statement of Commitment recognises that in order for tourism to be resilient, prosperous, and inclusive, Pacific nations needed to be united as a region and work together to advance sustainable tourism through partnerships and collaboration.

Tokelau has become the seventh member of the Pacific Tourism Organisation to sign the Pacific Leaders Statement of Commitment. Picture: 33 Below Twitter

The commitment gives rise to green investments to support tourism growth and working with partners to mobilise resources.

The commitment works two ways, as tourists are provided with high quality, authentic, accessible and sustainable experiences that reflect the country’s uniqueness and enables legislation and policies for tourism businesses to adopt sustainable tourism practices.

In acknowledging Tokelau’s support SPTO CEO, Christopher Cocker, noted the importance of the commitment in relation to tourism transformation for the benefit of future generations.

“Tourism has great potential to positively contribute to a better Pacific for generations to come. Through the Statement of Commitment we have an opportunity to secure high- level support for making our industry more resilient, prosperous and inclusive”, he said.

 

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