By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV, Port Moresby
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is working closely with the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority to increase the awareness of PNGTPA campaign “A Million Different Journeys” and to attract travel agents to the specialist online program.
The European Union South Pacific specialist program is an online training module teaching travel agents worldwide on how to sell holidays to destinations in the South Pacific. At the end of the training, agents will then become South Pacific specialists.
Travel agents who register and complete the online program by October 26, 2015, are automatically entered into a draw to win a holiday trip to Papua New Guinea. The prize includes: three nights at the beautiful Nusa Island Retreat in New Ireland Province, three nights at the Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort in Milne Bay and two nights at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby.
Through this collaboration, the PNGTPA aims to market its “A Million Different Journeys” campaign, and effectively market Papua New Guinea as a prime tourism destination as the land of a million different journeys.
Ilisoni Vuidreketi, CEO of South Pacific Tourism Organisation, said in a statement that he was grateful for the support of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority and private sector members in carrying out the European Union South Pacific specialist program.
According to SPTO, there are about 387 South Pacific specialists to date, and the online program would boost the confidence of agents. Vuidreketi added that through the program, agents will improve their ability to sell South Pacific tourism destinations with passion and loyalty.
“We find that a collaborative approach to marketing our region with the national tourism offices and our private sector partners to lure more visitors to our shores works for us,” said Vuidreketi ina statement.
The South Pacific Specialist program is funded by the European Union under the SPTO’s Pacific Regional Tourism Building Capacity Programme.