Marshall Islands tourism goes online


Marshall Islands tourism operators recently attended a workshop that trained them in leveraging the internet for building their businesses. <!--more-->The South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s (SPTO) Tarataake Teanniki and World Hotel Links’ Len Cordiner in partnership with the Marshall Islands Visitors Authority (MIVA) conducted the workshop for some 20 local accommodation providers.

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Immediately after the workshop, teams visited every participating property to collect photos and other digital content, which will be used to build the web sites for these accommodation units. It is planned to have all the web sites built and operators trained on using the booking system by the middle of this year, well time to build experience before the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting scheduled for September this year in the Marshall Islands.

The project, managed by SPTO, is being funded by the European Union under the European Development Fund (EDF10) and is supported by Pacific Trade and Invest (PT&amp;I).

During this visit to Majuro atoll, a local IT support company was also identified to work with World Hotel Links in providing much needed local IT support and follow up training for the operators. “Immediate follow up is already under way with all participating operators in terms of their required inputs and we hope to receive all templates duly completed as soon as possible,” Mr Teannaki confirmed.

Mr Teannaki congratulated the team at MIVA for an excellent programme set for the visiting team, which included visits to some of the smaller accommodation properties located in the pristine outer islands outside Majuro.

Similar initiatives have been implemented earlier in Kiribati and the Cook Islands.

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