Sustainable Development is the process of doing development without damaging or affecting the environment. Development that meets the needs of the present time without negotiating the ability of future generations to meet their demand. The interests of sustainable development are focused on people. It involves the need for the present time not only for the continuity of humanity but also for its future protection.
Sustainable Tourism is tourism that adequately addresses its present and future financial, social, and environmental effects and addresses the requirements of tourists, business, the environment, and host groups.” Tourism that respects both local people and the traveler, cultural heritage, and the environment. A South Pacific region’s tourism official said that Chinese tourists are one of the critical major to sustainable development. They are primary to the tourism industry of the South Pacific island nations in the coming years. Being very important for the world tourism industry, the Chinese tourists' area the key to the south pacific’s tourism industry.
Source: South Pacific Tourism
Chris Cocker, CEO of the Suva-based South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), said, “China is a country which also has tourism as a key driver for economic growth. The country is not only the fastest-growing tourism source market for the world but also for the South Pacific region." He further added," We heartily welcome more Chinese tourists and hope they can help us maintain the sustainable development of our region’s tourism industry” in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
The meeting was done on the two-day China-Fiji tourism symposium being held in Nadi, Fiji’s third-largest city. Feeling satisfied with Chinese market as a potential source market to offset the decline of visitor arrivals from the region’s traditional source market, Cocker said that there are a growing numbers of pacific countries which include SPTO members, as a potential source market to offset the decline of visitor arrivals from their traditional source markets, such as Australia. He also said that China’s market share rose dramatically to 7 percent in 2017, from only 3 percent in 2013.
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Cocker also stated that Chinese arrivals to Pacific island countries had grown by an average of 13.36 percent from 88,708 in 2014 to 153,119 in 2015. He further added that over the last five years, the Chinese arrivals to PICs recorded a share of 4.9 percent in 2014, which increased to 8.1 percent in 2015 and decreased to a share of 5.9 in 2018 in terms of percentage. Cocker addressed The China-Pacific Tourism Year 2019, which was launched in Apia.
He described it as a milestone in the tourism cooperation between China and the south. It meant a lot for the region as it will surely benefit the area by attracting more Chinese tourists. "The tourism industries in China and the South Pacific region had been working for hand on hand to make the vision of the tourism year a reality," said Cocker.
Source: Global Times
Currently working on programs, “China Ready,” The Pacific tourism industry focuses on sustainable development and promoting the Pacific to niche Chinese outbound market segments. They wish to experience the region’s beautiful islands and unique cultures. Cocker stated that they had two exchange visits in June and July.
The first visit was by a delegation of staff from Pacific national tourism offices and the later by the SPTO, who was in Guangzhou, China’s Guangdong Province. They were to attend the tourism human resource development and training program. Believing that China’s Belt and Roald Initiative (BRI) will help lift the tourism cooperation to a new level, Cocker is very optimistic about the prospect of the tourism cooperation between China and the region.
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Cocker mentioned that they had participated in field visits, exchanging views with their counterparts in China. They had attended sessions on tourism development, which broadened the participants’ understanding of China and the Chinese market that they were trying to attract to the Pacific. Cocker stated that SPTO welcomes this cooperation with China, and they are confident that the tourism year will encourage visitors. He also noted that the outlook for 2019 looked positive, with Chinese tourists arrivals expected to increase by 4 percent.
“We are ready to work with China to further unlock the potential of cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, promote mutual visits. Also, an enhance understanding and friendship between our peoples, building on the positive momentum of the tourism year,” Cocker said. He wanted to say something to the Chinese tourists, i.e., they are getting ready to welcome them with an open arm and to enjoy their unique culture and have a different and unforgettable experience. SPTO was founded in 1983 as an intergovernmental organization for the tourism sector in the South Pacific and markets, promotes, and develops tourism in the regions in overseas markets.