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The 23rd Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting held in Apia, Samoa, expressed its full commitment to support the development of tourism in the region.
The Council emphasised the role of tourism as a regional priority sector for social and economic development. The Council recognised the South Pacific Tourism Organisation's (SPTO) role in developing and promoting the regional tourism sector.
The major highlights of the meeting were the:
•endorsement of SPTO’s 2014 Work Programme and Budget,
•Regional Tourism Strategy Framework and
•Ministers also approved and welcomed the application by the government of American Samoa as a full government member of SPTO.
The Ministers acknowledged the work in progress on the implementation of the PRTCBP and the expected benefits to the region’s tourism industry and urged Management to work with member governments and the private sector in the effective coordination of the PRTCBP work plan priorities and implementation.
The Ministers acknowledged with appreciation the support of the EU in the sustainable development of the region’s tourism sector through the PRTCBP grant funding under EDF10.
The Ministers urged the continuity of this important EU development support program for tourism in the region through the forthcoming EDF 11.
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