SPTO Advocates for the ‘Culturalisation of Commerce’

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation attended the 4th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Culture in Nadi and was represented by SPTO CEO, Chris Cocker who emphasized in his presentation the importance of ‘culturalisation of commerce’ as opposed to the ‘commercialisation of culture’.

“The ‘culturalisation of commerce’ is what we need to be emphasizing in our regional tourism industry asthis is what will preserve our Pacific culture while making an economic impact” said Mr. Cocker.

The meeting hosted by SPC discussed cultural production in the Pacific region, strengthening Pacific voice at the global level and partnerships for cultural development in the Pacific region.

SPTO was invited by SPC to participate at the meeting specifically to be a panelist for two sessions on Cultural Production in the Pacific region and Partnerships for cultural development in the Pacific region.

“This meeting is vital to the work SPTO is doing in the region, specifically sustainable tourism where one of the key pillars is ‘culture’. It is the essence of what we are selling in the Pacific so I am delighted that the regional ‘Culture Strategy’ and support for the culture sector in the region as well as mainstreaming and integration of culture across sectors for sustainable development were part of discussions” said SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker.

“I am also pleased that the Outcomes of the meeting included a commitment for the development of culture tourism in the region. The Ministers agreed that the SPC will coordinate the proposals for the ACP Cultures + Programme funding in 2019 based on regional priorities identified in the Regional Culture Strategy Phase. These priorities include support to value chains development for culture and tourism”, said Mr. Cocker.

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