Taiwan provides financial assistance to boost tourism in Kiribati

Climate activists in Kiribati say they want more support from Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific's new focus on climate change as a security threat. Picture: RNZ

TARAWA,12 OCTOBER 2018 (RADIO KIRIBATI) – The Republic of China (Taiwan) has handed a cheque worth $200,000 (US$142,000) for the project of ‘Technical Assistance for Tourism Development in Kiribati’ at the handing over ceremony at the Taiwan Embassy in Bairiki.

A statement from the Embassy says Kiribati has a number of tourism assets to attract worldwide travelers as well as to develop a strong and sustainable tourism industry. These assets include the unusual and pure landscape, the undisturbed and authentic culture, the marine marvels in Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and World War II relics making Kiribati a prime destination for those travelling as a lifestyle.

Bearing in mind that tourism development could help earn foreign exchanges, generate revenues to government and most importantly boost the contributions of private sectors to the economy, the Taiwan government provides the funding to Kiribati as the first stage to hire a technical expert with wide range of experience in tourism planning around Pacific.

With the help of the technical expert, the National Integrated Tourism plan for Kiribati will be developed, creating an enabling environment for private sector and providing economic incentives for tourism investment.

Meanwhile, the plan will also encompass and balance tourism development with culture evolution and environmental concerns. In the long run, the promotion of the tourism sectors will most likely bring back economic benefits to every I-Kiribati as it could provide more employment opportunities across sectors .

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