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South Pacific cruise sector to work with official tourism organisation

Bud Gilroy said the SPCA is pleased to bring its knowledge of the cruise sector to the regional tourism organisation
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, established in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, has invited the South Pacific Cruise Alliance to join its board as a private sector representative.

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.

Brand ‘Pacific’

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.  

Post-pandemic recovery

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.  

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