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PRESS RELEASE June 20, 2001


The 3rd South Pacific Tourism Conference will now be held from September 2nd to 4th, 2001.

The change to move the conference up a day earlier will enable better schedules in and out of Vanuatu, especially those who will be connecting in Auckland, and minimize the time away from the office for those delegates who wish to participate in this important tourism event.

At a recent meeting of the organizing committee in Port Vila, more support was shown by two major hotels in Vanuatu, the Crowne Plaza Resort and Le Meridien Resort & Casino, by lowering conference room rates with savings of up to approximately US$75 per room, single or double. 

The Crowne Plaza Resort, formerly the Le Lagon Parkroyal and venue for the conference, Le Meridien Resort & Casino, and the Melanesian Hotel are all offering special conference rates, and can be contacted directly through the SPTO website,

Some of the main sessions of the conference will discuss the linking of the hotel business, natural and cultural assets and research in setting 21st century strategies for the growth of the South Pacific's tourism industry, the relationship between industry, government, and cultural groups as travel and tourism develops around the world, and the place where whale watching is a major South Pacific visitor attraction.

The second day of the conference will involve more interactive discussions during the breakout sessions, with topics ranging from New Processes, New Choices, & New Experiences for the Internet Tourist; Nature & Adventure Tourism in the Pacific – Trends, Issues, Action; to How to Design Better Tourism Projects for Donor Funding.

The three-day conference will open September 2nd with organised activities for the delegates, and an evening to enjoy Port Vila’s gourmet cuisine.  The sessions begin the next day with an opening ceremony, ending with a reception hosted by the Vanuatu Government. The conference ends on September 4th with a Final Gala Evening extravaganza.

About 150 delegates from the 13 South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s member countries and travel industry personalities from Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, and Asia are expected to attend the conference.

The conference is hosted by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), a Suva-based regional organisation created to encourage cooperation in the development and promotion of tourism in the South Pacific region.  SPTO’s 13 member countries are: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

For More Information Contact:

Alise Faulalo-Stunnenberg Conference Coordinator E-mail: Tel:  (679) 304 177 Fax:  (679) 307 575

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