In a regional stride for the small island state, Kiribati Tourism Authority (TAK) CEO Petero Manufolau has been appointed board chair of the Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO).
Mr Manufolau was previously head of marketing at the SPTO and also held senior roles with the Warwick and Outrigger hospitality groups in Fiji.
In 2019 he became the first CEO of TAK.
“Though we are a small island state with a minute contribution to regional tourism, rest assured that we are determined to work collaboratively and innovatively with SPTO, its membership and key stakeholders to ensure sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous tourism reactivation in the Pacific,” he said.
Formerly known as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the SPTO includes 21 member governments including China and is mandated to represent Pacific tourism with headquarters in Suva, Fiji.
“We are very pleased to have Petero take up the role as Chairperson,” added CEO Christopher Cocker.
“He brings extensive public and private sector experience and has also worked at SPTO which gives him valuable institutional knowledge. I look forward to working closely with him for the benefit of our members”.
Samoa Tourism Authority CEO Faamatuainu Suifua was previously board chair of SPTO in an acting capacity.