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Private sector reps on board

Monika Singh
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FIVE private sector representatives are now part of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation board in its efforts to recognise the importance of the sector in the Pacific's economies.

A statement from the SPTO yesterday said the new members of the board were prominent leaders with extensive experience in the Pacific's tourism industry.

The organisation believes the addition of the private sector on the board would also strengthen relationships with the private sector and build consensus in progressing the regional tourism agenda.

According to the statement the five nominees were approved by the board and the Council of Ministers at the annual meeting in Port Vila last month.

The new board members are:

* Air Niugini chief executive officer Simon Foo who has spent 45 years working in the airline industry and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

* Managing director of Turama Pacific Tours in the Cook Islands, Robert Skews is a current and the longest serving director of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation with a current term of 14 years.

* Tahiti Tours general manager Diana Chinchoi is also now the new group general manager for the Tahiti Nui Travel Group.

* Ali Serhan has more than fourteen years work experience, of which ten plus years he was employed in senior executive/ general management roles.

* Chairperson of the Fiji Hotel Tourism Association, Dixon Seeto, brings more than 30 years' experience as a hotelier.

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