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School of Tourism & Hospitality Management participates at World Tourism Day

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Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya was Chief Guest at the event.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) participated at the inaugural World Tourism Day Fair at Sukuna Park in Suva, Fiji on 27 September, 2016.

STHM Student/Industry Liaison Coordinator, Ella Bennion who coordinated the STHM booth said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between STHM and the Ministry is helping to ensure that the two parties are closely working together.

STHM staff sharing a light moment with the Minister.

 “We had members of the public visiting our booth and inquiring about the various programmes we have on offer, particularly youths and most of all students,” she said.

Ms Bennion, who was at hand to respond to queries, said it was yet another great opportunity for the public to learn about career paths offered by USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

This was supplemented by the provision of STHM pamphlets and brochures.

Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, who was Chief Guest, officially opened the event.

In his keynote address, Mr Koya said World Tourism Day was initiated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 1970 and it has since become an annual event celebrated worldwide.

Mr Koya said, “the theme for this year is “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility” which is exactly what our Fijian Government strives to achieve through Fiji’s 2013 Constitution.”

“Our Constitution empowers every Fijian citizen with the right to equally access services such as education, employment, health, and tourism to name a few,” he noted.

Mr Koya said accessibility in tourism is an on-going effort involving all parties in the tourism value chain so that tourist destinations, products and services are made available to all regardless of, communication and transport accessibility, physical limitation and age.

“The Fijian Government through my Ministry is implementing a number of initiatives, one of which is the development of a Fijian Tourism Development Plan,” he noted.

The Plan he said, will ensure that all relevant stakeholders have access to information, which will effectively guide the sustainable development of our tourism industry.

Mr Koya said at the same time, the Tourism Development Plan will articulate strategies to improve the quality and accessibility to tourism offerings.

Other booths at the event were manned by several Government Departments and firms from the private sector.

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