Tourism Ministers from South Pacific Tourism Organization member
countries will gather in Niue this week to attend the annual SPTO Council of
Tourism Ministers meeting and to discuss a number of key aspects of tourism
development in the region.
Held at the Scenic Matavai resort, the Ministers meeting on Thursday
will see the culmination of a week of other high level SPTO meetings in Niue,
all targeted at improving tourism development and promotion in the region and
contributing to sustainable tourism.
The theme for this year’s SPTO meetings is Sustainable Tourism – Our
The Council of Ministers meeting now in its 29th year, is organized
annually by SPTO, the region’s peak tourism development and marketing body, in
partnership with each host country.
Items on the agenda include China Pacific Tourism Development
Initiatives (2020- 2024), the launch of the SPTO Strategic Plan (2020- 2024),
Collaborative Partnerships 2020 and beyond as well as regional initiatives such
as the Oceania village initiative at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic
The Ministers will also be briefed in presentations from the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Niue Tourism has designated this week’s SPTO meetings and activities in
recognition of the 2019 China Pacific Islands Tourism Year.