Vanuatu’s tourism industry is the major contributor to the socio-economic development of the country providing revenue generation activities and employment opportunities for more than 11,000 people as alluded in the MCA 2010 Survey Report.

Today is the United Nations World Tourism Day with the theme- Tourism and Jobs- A Better Future for All.

Tourism can help us build a better future for everyone. Around the world, the tourism sector is the leading source of employment, supporting many millions of jobs and driving economies forward, both at the local and the national level.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Secretary General has highlighted that ‘Tourism is a catalyst for equality and inclusivity. In many places, tourism employment gives women, young people and those living in rural communities the change to support themselves and their families and to integrate more fully into the wider society’

The Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Hon. Jotham Napat stated that ‘Not one single economic, social or human activity prospers in isolation and for this reason, governments and stakeholders from the public and private sectors are increasingly working together to manage tourism in a responsible and sustainable manner and to ensure its enormous potential is properly utilized by providing training and skills development opportunities for all to participate in this sector.

‘The true potential of tourism both as a creator of jobs and as a driver of equality and sustainable development is only just being realized and that tourism must live up to its global social responsibility to leave no one behind’.

The Hon. Minister for Education, Hon. Jean Pierre Nirua also highlighted that ‘With the theme for Tourism and Jobs, we celebrate all tourism workers because tourism is leading the way in providing workers with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

By embracing this spirit through collaborations and partnerships such as the newly signed memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Tourism is only a testimony of the investment on skills development by the Government and Development partners for the tourism sector of Vanuatu’

With the recent fight for Climate Change Action, the Hon. Minister Napat highlighted that ‘There is no planet B but only a planet A and for this reason, we contribute to the celebration of the World Tourism Day by recognizing the transformative power of tourism that together we can realize tourism’s potential to build a better future for all by becoming responsible tourism workers, travellers and business operators’

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and the Vanuatu Tourism Industry, let us celebrate the 2019 World Tourism Day with the theme of Tourism and Jobs- A better future for all by acknowledging all tourism workers in the tourism, travel and hospitality sector in Vanuatu working for to grow this great destination and country called Vanuatu.