21 government members
The SPTO is the mandated organisation representing tourism in the region, with 21 government members and around 200 members from the private sector.
Its objectives are to develop sustainable tourism, promoting the brand ‘Pacific’ and improving air and sea access to the islands.
The South Pacific Cruise Alliance, representing the Cook Islands, Pitcairn, Samoa, American Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, Wallis & Futuna and French Polynesia, held the inaugural South Pacific Cruise Forum in Papeete in 2015.
Plans for a second forum were dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bud Gilroy, interim chairman of the SPCA, said close collaboration with the SPTO will especially help the recovery of the remote countries and territories of the South Pacific region post-pandemic.