In 2015, the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Alliance (PSTA) was formed as a public-private partnership with the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) to help fast track sustainability in the region. Sustainable Travel International working with the SPTO under the auspices of the PSTA, was awarded a grant through the 10YFP Trust Fund call for proposals for Sustainable Tourism Programme to implement a pilot project focused on improving sustainable resource management in hotels in the Pacific.

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Sector of activity
Tourism

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actors
Civil society, United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Objectives

The principal objective of the project is to improve the tourism sector’s consumption and production patterns by developing a practical and accessible sustainability management toolkit that will build the capacity of tourism enterprises in the South Pacific Region, with Fiji and Samoa as the pilot destinations participating in the preliminary stage of the project.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Training for SCP

  • Sustainable Resource Management in South Pacific Island Hotels

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Resource Guide for Sustainability Management in South Pacific Island Hotels

Outcome level

SCP monitoring and reporting

  • Program Implementation Plan

Impact and Results

Anticipated long-term impacts include:

Reduced consumption of nonrenewable resources (water, gas, electricity) and increased resource efficiency through recycling, greywater recycling and use of alternative energy sources.

Reduced dependence on foreign imports through local production and consumption.

Increased tourism-related job opportunities and income streams for local people.

Decreased amount of waste and pollution generated by the tourism industry.

Less carbon emissions being generated from the transportation of imported goods.

Increased awareness and appreciation of local culture.

Next steps and how to get involved

Fiji and Samoa are the two pilot countries, with the long term goal of building the capacity of tourism enterprises across the South Pacific Region.