As reported by the Vanuatu Daily Post:
The Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT), and Planet Happiness have partnered to launch the Vanuatu Happiness Index Survey which measures the happiness and well-being of Ni Vanuatu throughout Vanuatu’s six provinces.
The Vanuatu Happiness Index Survey will enable the DoT to engage communities to measure well-being, moving beyond only measuring visitor arrivals, visitor satisfaction and contribution to GDP.
Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trades, Cooperatives and Ni-Vanuatu business, Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy suggested that “Our well-being and our resilience are supported by access to customary land and natural resources, traditional knowledge and practice, meaningful employment and strong communities. Therefore, we must be mindful of concepts of development and growth that negatively impact on the very things that support our well-being and resilience”.
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