Association welcomes tourists with project

Tourists with Taveuni Tourism Association members and stakeholders as the island’s first official tree planters for the new Trees For Taveuni Project. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Taveuni Tourism Association (TTA) last week welcomed five tourists at the Matei Airport with songs and shouts of bula.

TTA president Terri Gortan gave the visitors the opportunity to be the island’s first official tree planters for the new Trees For Taveuni Project.

Ms Gortan said TTA was proud to support Robert Glowatzki, director of Yanuyanu Pte Ltd, a local organic farm and food production company based on Taveuni.

“Robert and his team are the brains and sweat behind this carbon offset scheme and together with the TTA and the local villages the goal is to help in the effort to reduce the carbon footprint of tourism to the island and in the reforestation of degraded farmland,” she said.

“It is our hope to get the new Trees For Taveuni Project started in full force in 2022.

“We will do our best to encourage all TTA members to assist with this exciting project to help offset carbon while making our island even more beautiful.

“This project will no doubt help attract more travellers to visit Taveuni and help support our island and local communities at the same time. This is what the TTA is all about – encouraging tourism to Taveuni.”

Ms Gortan said TTA and its members were looking forward to welcoming more travellers over the following weeks leading up to a busy Christmas and New Year festive season.

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