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The national airline Air Kiribati Limited (AKL) Is working with the Kiribati National Tourism Office (KNTO) to develop weekend packages to the outer islands of Abaiang and Abemama.
The weekend packages will be developed to encourage more visitors already on Tarawa and expatriates working in the country to offer them an opportunity to experience more of the outer islands.
In the development of the packages, KNTO has already started working with accommodation operators on Abaiang and Abemama atolls.
A statement from the KNTO says the local operators will be selected according to their tourism facility, service readiness, and availability of activities they can provide to guests.
Whilst in the final stages of development, the packages will need a bit more work to plan out the activities, itineraries and prices. Once these are finalised it is expected that AKL and KNTO will initially test out the weekend packages before they can actually be promoted by the Kiribati Travel Agency (KTA) and KNTO
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is in talks with major Taiwanese airlines and travel agencies to explore ways to support tourism in Pacific island nations including Kiribati.
A report from the Taipei Times said the ministry expects to announce collaborations with Taiwanese tour companies to assess tourism profiles for Taiwan’s six diplomatic allies in the region: Palau, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Taiwan’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Director-General Ger Bau-shuan said they want to encourage Taiwanese nationals to visit Taiwan’s allies in the Pacific but it will take a lot of planning and working with small and medium-sized enterprises in the six nations to appeal to tourists.
The ministry is likely to prioritise tours to Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands, the most populous of the six nations.
SOURCE: KNTO/RADIO KIRIBATI/PACNEWS
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