As reported by the Vanuatu Daily Post:
In 2019, the Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the first sector policy for tourism in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy.
To gain support in the implementation of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) the DoT held the first ever Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference in November 2019.
A key outcome of the Conference was a ‘Statement of Intent’ drafted by the Directors of Tourism from Vanuatu, Palau, and the Cook Islands, for collaboration in sustainable tourism. Presented and signed in front of the conference attendees, an alliance was formed to drive leadership in equitable, ethical, responsible, and sustainable tourism policy and practice. A year on, the next significant step in Vanuatu’s sustainable tourism journey was the launching of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Strategy (2021-2025) by the Minister for Trade, Commerce and Ni Vanuatu Business, James Bule during the DoT 2021 Business Plan and Annual Work Program Validation meeting in Emua Village, North Efate on the 27th of January 2021. The Director of Tourism, Mr. Jerry Spooner stated, “the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Strategy (2021-2025) puts forward 4 themes: Well-being; Resilience; Diversification; and Sustainability to guide a better coordinated approach in the ongoing management and development of sustainable tourism”.
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