Sustainable tourism

SPTO to measure sustainability of Pacific tourism

RNZ reports economic, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability are the three areas which define a sustainable tourist operation.

The concept being to adopt a long term approach to financial gain and trying to limit negative environmental impacts and preserve local culture and traditions for future generations.

The manager of SPTO's newly created sustainable tourism development division, Christina Leala Gale, said often Pacific countries focused heavily on only one or two of the three areas.