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Treasures of the South Pacific wraps up with final round of events for 2017 in Newcastle and Sydney

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The final instalment of ‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ has concluded for 2017 with successful events held in Newcastle and Sydney.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) hosted 70 travel agents at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 and another 110 agents in Sydney on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at the Swissotel Sydney.

Treasures of the South Pacific brings together national tourism offices from the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and from hidden treasures including: Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Tuvalu and American Samoa. The events are also supported by South Pacific Tourism Association and Pacific Island Trade and Invest.

The series was conceived as a platform for representatives of South Pacific destinations to inspire and inform Australian travel agents about the extensive range of tourism product and experiences available within the region.

Agents enjoyed free flowing networking with the tourism boards and hotel and airline representatives, before listening to destination presentations and prize giveaways.

During the Newcastle event, Kelli Williamson from Escape Travel was the lucky winner of eight nights in Vanuatu staying at Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Mariner Apartments and Bokissa Private Island Resort. Sophie Woodman of Flight Centre took home a five night prize thanks to Ramada Resort Port Vila and Aore Island Resort.

At the final event in Sydney, there were several prizes to be won. Winning eight nights in Vanuatu thanks to Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Chantilly’s on the Bay and Coconut Palms Resort was Alexander Liu of AGL Travel. The lucky winner of the major Vanuatu prize was Rob Adams from Hoot Holidays. Rob won return flights to Vanuatu courtesy of Air Vanuatu and accommodation thanks to Tamanu on the Beach, The Havannah Vanuatu, The Espiritu and Bokissa Private Island Resort.

The winner of return flights to New Caledonia thanks to Air Calin and three nights at The Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea was Barry Warner from Planetdwellers. Kathrynn Dodd of STA Travel also took home a prize to beautiful Norfolk Island with three nights at Aloha Apartments.

The Treasures of the South Pacific Roadshow will continue in 2018 with dates to be announced later this year.

Travel agents can also sign up and complete the South Pacific Tourism Organisation online training to become a South Pacific Specialist at

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