People On The MoveTourism Solomons CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto invited to join the travel association following his impressive presentation on sustainable economic development.

First Fijian appointment to PATA board ‘a real feather in the cap’

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Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto joins PATA executive board as first Fijian member.
Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto joins PATA executive board as first Fijian member.

The move follows Tuamoto’s attendance at the ‘PATA Annual Summit 2019’ in Cebu, Philippines, last week where he gave an impassioned presentation on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 8 - ‘Sustainable economic growth and decent jobs for all’ during a leadership debate.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has welcomed its first Fijian executive board member with the joining of Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto.

The move follows Tuamoto’s attendance at the ‘PATA Annual Summit 2019’ in Cebu, Philippines, last week where he gave an impassioned presentation on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 8 - ‘Sustainable economic growth and decent jobs for all’ during a leadership debate.

The presentation, delivered in conjunction with his counterpart from the Guam Visitors Bureau, received a standing ovation from the hundreds of delegates attending the event.

Following this at the organisation’s annual general meeting, Tuamoto was invited by PATA chair Dr Chris Bottrill and the executive to join the board as a director, in the process becoming the first-ever Fijian to achieve the honour.

Describing the invitation as a “real feather in the cap” not just for the Solomon Islands but the entire Pacific region, CEO Tuamoto said he was extremely humbled by the invitation and to have so much trust placed in his hands by the leadership of the Asia-Pacific’s most highly respected travel industry organisation.

“Being appointed to the executive board and being able to contribute further to an organisation that does so much to help develop tourism-oriented opportunity for the Solomon Islands and beyond, to the entire Pacific region is indeed a privilege.”

The invitation to join the PATA board represents yet another major career milestone for Tuamoto.

Prior to joining the then Solomon Island Visitors Bureau in 2013, he already had a strong profile on the international tourism scene.

As former CEO of Tourism Fiji, he took personal management responsibility for the international repositioning of Fiji’s international tourism profile under the highly successful ‘Fiji Me’ branding.

He replicated that success on behalf of the Solomon Islands in mid-2018 as the driving force behind the move to rebrand Tourism Solomons and the concurrent launch of the distinctive ‘Solomons Is.’ branding.

His activity on the regional tourism landscape includes the role of deputy chair for the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

On the commercial front, his experience includes Director of Commercial Operations and a managing director role with the iconic Fiji-based Blue Lagoon Cruises.


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