The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), in collaboration with New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT), have today released a second Pacific tourism report titled, Pacific Tourism: Scenario development and recovery pathways report.
The report is the second and final report highlighting high level scenario development to frame potential response pathways, following the initial impact of COVID-19 on Pacific tourism.
The report details three broad scenarios linked to the estimated time until tourism sector reactivation and the related health strategies that may enable borders to reopen.
Moreover, several national and regional response themes are outlined, the latter of which includes health safety monitoring and response, promotion of skills development, investment in key collaborative opportunities and prioritizing sustainable tourism as a key agenda item at both the national and regional level.
“This report comes at a critical time, as we in the Pacific have accepted the challenges of COVID-19 and need to refocus on recovery by considering the re-opening of borders and reactivation of key industries like tourism,” said SPTO Chief Executive, Mr. Christopher Cocker.
“We are very grateful to our partners at NZMFAT, who have enabled this important piece of work which will guide SPTO and its members, tourism stakeholders and key decision makers as we reflect on the different pathways to recovery and other development initiatives”.
The Pacific Tourism: Scenario development and recovery pathways report was developed by Auckland-based aviation and tourism specialist Forward HQ and focuses on several Pacific Island countries; Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.