Asia Pacific establish tourism improvement project

The and Pacific Tourism and Hospitality industry is heading towards having improved services and qualified personnel with the establishment of the Asia Pacific Education and Training Institute in Tourism (APETIT). It is an exchange scheme between various Universities and institutions in the Asia Pacific region that have tourism and hospitality faculties such as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s school of Tourism and Hospitality, the University of the South Pacific’s Tourism and Hospitality Faculty, government and semi-government departments and organisations promoting and dealing with tourism and related activities.

Last week, Fiji played host to APETIT’s latest Executive meeting in which executives of the scheme dealt mainly on focal points of responsibility such as the upgrading of the Exchange’s website and the improvement of tourism and hospitality faculties and curricular, to name a few.

Solomon Islands, Tonga and Kiribati Visitors Bureau representatives attended APETIT’s meeting as observers as well as representatives from Guam University and Lae Technical College from Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Marketing manager Andrew Nihopara and Andrew Nemaia, the Tourism Director of the ministry of Tourism and Culture were at the meeting describing it as an opening to improve tourism and hospitality services in Solomon Islands.

“This is the first time the Bureau has been invited to the executive level meeting and we are optimistic things will only get better from here,” said Mr. Nihopara. There are currently 168 members in the Exchange scheme including various Universities in the Asia and Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Nihopara added that membership is so diverse that it covered all aspects there are in the Tourism and hospitality industry and hopes, Solomon Islands will greatly benefit from the pool of experts making up the exchange scheme.

“Solomon Islands can request general or specialised training through the scheme and the organisation can pick the appropriate expert to attend to its member’s training requirements. Solomon Islands has not yet tapped this opportunity but will do so soon to improve its tourism profile,” said Mr. Nihopara.

eTN Solomon Islands
author: Charles Kerea

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