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Pacific well poised for the return of tourism

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) says Covid-19 has caused many Pacific region nations and territories to re-think their tourism strategies.

The organisation, which has 20 government members, represents tourism in the Pacific region. Its member nations cover a large area of the Pacific region extending from Rapa Nui in the east to Timor Leste in the west, as well as from the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the north, all the way south to the Kingdom of Tonga.

"We also have more than 100 private sector members from the industry," said Chris Cocker, CEO.

Covid-19 has had a significant negative impact on the tourism sector. Some member nations have effectively had zero external tourist arrivals over the past two years; leading to a significant reduction in GDP.

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