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Tourism and Hospitality Management students participate in International Coastal Clean-up

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Members of the Tourism and Hospitality Students Association during the cleanup at the Suva Point Park.

More than 20 students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) recently participated in the International Coastal Clean-up Day. 

Assistant lecturer, Mr Marika Kuilamu, who also manages STHM’s social responsibility programme, said that “from a tourism destination perspective, this initiative is very important. A clean environment counteracts visible pollution and is therefore essential for both destination residents and tourists alike, so they can all mutually appreciate the landscape.”

He added that it is not just about tourism impacting the environment but also about the environment impacting tourism. Therefore, Mr Kuilamu highlighted that a sustainable coastal environment should always continue to positively encourage local visitors, day visitors and tourists.

Head of STHM Professor Marcus Stephenson said that such initiative was very important.

“The students really take these events seriously and they care about coastal areas because they understand their socio-economic significance to destinations and regions. The Tourism and Hospitality Students Association (TAHSA) were once again proactive in this initiative. Well done and a big thank you to all involved,” he said.

The students were provided with cleaning equipment such as trash bins, gloves, water and light snacks. Even though it was a rainy Saturday, the students continued to collect rubbish along Suva Point Park. 

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