The Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific is the UNWTO’s operational arm assigned with the implementation of UNWTO’s general programme of work within the region. The Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific also serves as UNWTO’s direct channel through which the national, regional and local tourism development needs and concerns of the member States are communicated to the Secretariat. Two (2) out of the five (5) UNWTO commissions come under the Regional Program for Asia and the Pacific, namely the Commission of East Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the Commission of South Asia (CSA).
The CAP and CSA convene joint annual meetings in conjunction with the UNWTO Regional Seminar.
- Fiji hosted the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 30th Joint Meeting of the Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the Commission for South Asia (CSA) and the Regional Seminar on Tourism, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Development from 18 – 20 June 2018 at the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Nadi.
- The event was attended by Ministers of Tourism, senior Government officials, industry practitioners and tourism experts from countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, including our Pacific Island friends from Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
- Tourism Ministers from Pacific Island Countries (PICs) who are not members of the UNWTO, were also invited to the event as participants in the Regional Seminar and observers to the joint commission meeting, including representatives from the Government of Tuvalu and New Caledonia.
OUTCOMES OF UNWTO JOINING MEETING AND REGIONAL SEMINAR IN FIJI
- The Regional Seminar was held on Monday, 18 June 2018. The event was an overall success with over 100 participants attending from the CAP and CSA regions, including our local Fijian tourism operators.
- The Seminar provided an opportunity to exchange information and enhance knowledge on the impacts of climate change in the Asia Pacific Region and also highlight the Pacific’s plight to strengthening collaboration and encouraging bigger, more developed economies to take climate action.
- The Seminar also provided an opportunity to learn more of the UNWTO’s priorities and activities to assist in addressing global and regional issues affecting tourism development in the Asia-Pacific region. This occasion was considered ideal for policymakers to examine the effects of climate change on tourism development, and the link between sustainable tourism development and biodiversity conservation, and how this translates into governance arrangements in respective destinations.
- Additionally, the CAP-CSA Joint Meeting was also a success for Fiji. It was held on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 and was the first time for a meeting of this kind to be held in the Pacific region. It was a great opportunity to showcase Fiji, and the Pacific’s, capabilities in hosting such events.
- The Joint Meeting was chaired by Her Excellency, the Indonesian Deputy Minister for Tourism Marketing, Ms Nia Niscaya and co-chaired by Bangladesh. The Meeting was attended by over 100 participants from member countries, affiliate members and associate members of the UNWTO CAP and CSA members. In attendance also was the UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili who was recently elected by the 22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly.
- The meetings concluded with a technical tour of key tourism products in the Nadi region including a village tour to Viseisei Village, Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and a day-trip to Tavarua and Malamala Islands.