Eleanor Ikinofo – Communications, Community & Tourism Relations Manager
Looking back, 2014 was an interesting year.<!--more-->
We started off with the inaugural South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2014 run by SPTO. The two media conferences were well-attended and good stories published in various tourism publications. For small Pacific islands tourism operators from Kiribati and Tuvalu, it was a valuable opportunity to promote themselves alongside larger Pacific Island counterparts as part of a regional organisation. There were good outcomes for the 50 Pacific exhibitors, now looking forward to another exchange in Australia next year.
It was also great to see the Samoan Association of Manufacturers and Exporters take another step forward launching the Trade Exhibition Centre at Samoa House in Karangahape Road in Auckland. While the new glass cabinets and DVD showcased the products, the cameras flashed as guests sampled the tasty Samoa made products of chocolate, vodka and palusami. The night ended with a splash of glamour from the MENA fashion parade, nicely captured by TV One’s Tagata Pasifika.
For the third and final year PT&I supported the Windsurfing Aitutaki niche tourism opportunity with Alan McIntosh of the Madloop Windsurfing and Sailing Centre. Alan, a passionate and well-travelled windsurfer, chose the Aitutaki Lagoon as the perfect spot for his tours. Alan has led tour groups of up to 16 windsurfers over 2 weeks in August since 2012.
The highlight for me was the students from the local Aitutaki Sailing club who scored free windsurfing lessons from Alan and his team giving back to the community. Bonus! Aitutaki Lagoon Resort generously allowed access to their beachfront and supplied windsurfing equipment.
Thanks to all those who liked out page and or posted comments on our Facebook and LinkIn pages. It has been great to keep everyone updated and also reading all the different stories from our Facebook and LinkedIn friends. Watch this space as we look forward to further lifting our presence next year.
Looking forward to 2015, we wish you and your families a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!