KILGA contributes information for tourism development on the Outer Islands

24 September, KiLGA’s office, Betio – Ross Hopkins of TRIP Consultants, a private firm based in Queensland, Australia, visited KiLGA’s officers to seek information on tourism on the outers islands, particularly those that involve Councils.
He was accompanied by the Director of the National Tourism Office, of the Ministry of Communication, Transport and Tourism Development, Ms. Reeti Onorio-Rui. The consultant is on a mission to review the Kiribati (Tourism) Action Plan through the compilation of inputs from all stakeholders. He will also guide the formulation of a new plan to be called the Kiribati National Tourism Development Strategy (KNTDS) for the next plan period. (See next story.)
KiLGA is involved in Tourism development on the outer islands by virtue of its role as the coordinating NGO for Councils, many of which operate guesthouses and tourist-related services in their areas. KiLGA has also assisted Councils develop their strategic plans, many containing tourism development projects plans aimed at expanding individual Council’s revenue base. Furthermore, the Council Profiles published by KiLGA, also contains socio-economic information that are useful for tourism development on the outer islands. The Profiles have identified resources on islands studied that can be opportunities for tourism.

Participants at the Tourism Development Strategy workshop discuss issues and strategies, focusing on available resources.

Participants at the Tourism Development Strategy workshop discuss issues and strategies, focusing on available resources.

KiLGA involved in the Kiribati National Tourism Development Strategy (KNTDS)

25 September, MTC, Betio – A workshop to make the KNTDS, brought together key stakeholders of the Tourism industry in Kiribati and was coordinated by the Kiribati National Tourism Office with assistance by a tourism expert planner, Ross Hopkins.

During the workshop, participants discussed relevant issues and studied strategies to improve the tourism industry. It focused on ways to use existing natural and human resources in the country. Another task carried out was the review of the Pacific Cruise Line Industry Strategy.

Participants came from the various tourism sectors including accommodation and transport, government departments, the private sector as well as NGOs. KiLGA is a strong stakeholder given that its members, Councils on the outer islands, own and manage guesthouses and play leading roles in welcoming visiting yachts and cruise liners. It also regulates private operators who run their own guesthouses.

 

 

 

 


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