Sustainable Tourism Enterprise Program For The South Pacific
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.
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. Collaborating with local stakeholders to identify the barriers to sustainable consumption and production within the destination. Training 100 hotel managers on sustainable tourism best practices such as sourcing goods locally, using resources more efficiently, and utilizing a supply chain that is more inclusive of local people and cultures. Raising awareness among hotel managers on the financial and economic benefits of incorporating sustainability practices into their business operations. Equipping 100 hotels with a Sustainability Management System (SMS) – a digital tool to monitor energy-use, waste-reduction, water consumption, and sustainable sourcing 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. 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.
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