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GSTC Webinar: Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework
The Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework reflects the aspirations of the SPTO and its members, the tourism industry, civil society organisations, regional organisations and global development partners. The shared vision is: By 2030 we are empowered by, and benefitting from tourism that is resilient, prosperous and inclusive. It improves the wellbeing of our communities and protects, restores and promotes our cultures, islands and ocean ecosystems. To ensure that tourism in the Pacific continues to be a driver of economic and community wellbeing, all partners are required to implement the policies and actions in the Framework to build a resilient tourism industry, fit for the challenges and opportunities the Pacific faces between now and 2030.

* Christina Leala Gale, Sustainable Tourism and Research Manager, Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)
* Penny Spoelder, Senior Associate, TRC Tourism

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) manages the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainable travel and tourism; as well as acts as the international accreditation body for sustainable tourism certification. www.gstcouncil.org

Nov 17, 2021 08:00 PM in Fiji Islands, Marshall Islands

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Christina Leala Gale
Manager of the Sustainable Tourism and Research Division @Pacific Tourism Organisation
In her current position since 2017, Ms. Leala Gale oversees the work of the SPTO to support its member countries to improve destination sustainability and contribute to align regional tourism programmes to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. She previously managed a regional climate change adaptation project in Pacific Island countries for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and served as a Manager of Planning and Development at the Samoa Tourism Authority.
Penny Spoelder
Senior Associate @TRC Tourism
Penny is a tourism consultant with over 30 years international experience and a rich diversity of project experience in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. She has held Senior Executive positions in both the public and private sector. Penny's areas of expertise include sustainable and responsible tourism, destination development, protected area management, nature-based tourism, industry development, investment strategy, and public-private partnerships. She has extensive experience in leading complex tourism projects involving multiple national, regional and local governments, industry and communities that result in better environmental, social and economic outcomes. Penny has worked extensively the Asia Pacific Region including Mongolia, Niue, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia. She is a Director of Destination Southern NSW and a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas.