Project to support Tongan cultural tourism, handicrafts


A three-year project called the ‘Handicrafts and Cultural Tourism Support Programme’ has been launched in Tonga. <!--more-->


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This Programme is a partnership between Tonga’s Langafonua Gallery &amp; Handicraft Centre and the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The programme aims to improve the quality and marketing of handicrafts and local tours for the tourist market including the impressively growing cruise ship market. It has plans to support the quality and quantity of handicrafts and design cultural tours so as to increase income for Tongan artisans and providers of cultural experience based tourism.

The initiative envisages handicraft and tourism experts transferring their design and product development expertise to handicraft producers and cultural tour operators through a training-the-trainer approach.

A fulltime National Coordinator, Monalisa Palu, will manage the programme. Ms Palu will be leading a process over the next few months to recruit a team of international and local handicraft and tourism advisers, as well as developing a detailed workplan for Year One.

The programme operates out of Langafonua in Tongatapu and can be reached at +676 25-560 or mobile +676 8876511