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SPTO Appoints New Head of Research and Statistics

October 10, 2016 Appointments No Comments Email Email

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has appointed Elizabeth Ragimana, a Solomon Islander, as its new Manager of Research and Statistics.


Ms Ragimana will be responsible for SPTO’s research and statistics in the application of market intelligence for the formulation of research documents, plans, policies and the design of projects. She brings 22 years of experience to the position.

In welcoming her to SPTO, Chief Executive Officer Chris Cocker said: “Tourism development at the national and regional levels requires effective data-driven decision making that’s backed by sound research and statistical analysis.”

“We are pleased to have someone of Elizabeth’s calibre on board to lead in these critical areas of service delivery to our Pacific island governments, the private sector and national tourism organisations,” he added.

Ms Ragimana has a strong background in economics and research with many years of central banking experience in her native Solomon Islands.

She joins SPTO from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, where she most recently headed the Economics, Research and Statistics Department after many years of service in a variety of positions.

In addition, Ms Ragimana holds a Masters’ degree in economics from Massey University in New Zealand.

“I’m excited to be joining the team at SPTO and to contributing to tourism development at the regional level,” she said.

Outside of work, Ms Ragimana enjoys playing netball and is passionate about volunteer and community work. She will be joined in Suva shortly by her husband and two daughters.

Based in Suva, SPTO works with its member governments to market and develop tourism in South Pacific region.

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