With the loud bang of the drums and the swaying of hips from the Heilana Dance group, the South Pacific Tourism Exchange began today at the Seaworld Resort in Gold Coast in Australia as Pacific Island sellers began to update current buyers and potential ones on the many new products on offer.
According to South Pacific Tourism Organisation Deputy Board Chairman and Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Chief Executive Officer Jo Tuamoto this year’s event was increasing in popularity and it was the ideal time to capitalize on it.
He said – the countries that have made it had invested in the event and thanked them for coming all that way to meet buyers from 12 countries around the world.
He paid tribute to the 140 sellers that came all the way from the Pacific to see buyers from New Zealand, Australia and the whole world.
Bank of South Pacific Head of Corporate Curtis Mar said they were delighted to support this very important event for all stakeholders in the industry.
The success of this industry is critical we are pleased to partner with SPTO to facilitate this event which allows you all to come together to foster long lasting mutually beneficial relationships.
SPTO’s Acting Chief Executive Alisi Lutu said they had planned the event for a long time and had been working around the clock to look at fine tuning every small detail.
“We hope that the buyers who do meet our sellers will go back and influence their clients to try the Pacific as a tourism destination and assured that they would not be disappointed,” she said.
The event will end tomorrow evening.