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The South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Tokelau as its 20th Pacific Island member country and looks forward to working with the Tokelauan Government in sustainably developing and promoting the country as a destination, said SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker.
“Tokelau’s membership was endorsed by the SPTO Council of Tourism Ministersin Apia, Samoa,last year. This month, we were formally advised that the decision to join SPTO Family was endorsed by the Tokelau National Parliament ast month,” said Cocker.
Tokelau is located between New Zealand and Hawaiiand accessedby seavia Samoa,as there is no airport,“Our isolation is our main constraint. Our nearest neighbor is Samoa about 500 kilometres to the south of Tokelau. Sometimes tourists discover the existence of Tokelau when they visit Samoa” said Mika Perez, Director of the Tokelau Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment.
“Tourism is on anad-hocbasis, andwe are looking at building our capacity in the sectorin partnership with SPTO. We want to provide an alternative source of livelihood for our people as we have so much to offer. Our three main islands are situated in pristine environments, with vast flora and faunaand wehave aunique cultureand potential for tourism.” said Perez.
Perez is confident that Tokelau will contribute to the region’s tourism sector in the coming years.
Cocker agreed with Perez, “The Pacific competes destinations in the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and South East Asia who all offer unique environments. Our diverse Culture and the unique experiences in our twenty Pacific Island member countries areour competitive advantage and Tokelau’s uniqueness as an “off-the-beaten track destination”has much to offer visitors. We look forward to working with the Tokelau Government and people.” .
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