PATA Micronesia chair: Excited for the new normal
Author: Haidee Eugenio Gilbert
Date: April 29, 2022
Source: The Guam Daily Post
Tourism in Guam and in some parts of Micronesia is starting to return but it would take time for full recovery to happen after the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
While Guam is anticipating an increase in air seats and passengers, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia have yet to open their borders for any leisure travel, PATA officials said.
With zero tourism on these islands since March 2020, their tourism officials on Wednesday asked for an additional waiver of membership dues, among other things.
'Emerged stronger, more resilient'
But overall, despite the challenges of the past two years, the region has "emerged stronger, more resilient and now excited for the new normal," PATA Micronesia Chairwoman Paula Monk said during the organization's general membership meeting.
These new "normal" are geared towards much healthier and safer travel than prior to the pandemic.
"Tourism arrivals will slowly pick up and we must all be ready as a destination and as a region, but more importantly as PATA Micronesia’s chapter," Monk said.
Guam, she said, has started seeing the return of visitors from Japan and Korea, as well as from Taiwan and the Philippines, and continues to receive visitors from the United States.
Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will be hosting more than 1,000 athletes from 24 participating islands for the 11th Pacific Mini Games from June 17 to 25, Monk said.
"The event will encourage travel among islands and will continue to build strong relationships with one another," she said.
Palau, which recently hosted the Ocean Conference, continues its efforts toward conservation of the natural environment, she added.
"As our neighboring islands, the FSM, and the Marshall Islands, they have maintained to be COVID-free. Of course, the borders remain close. However, their perseverance continues as they continue to have repatriation flights to the FSM and safe travel trips to Majuro," Monk said.
This perseverance and resilience, she said, are inherent in islanders.
David Sanchez, an engineer and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, drove this point further when he spoke on island sustainability and innovation and how they could be applied to tourism and other businesses.
Because of their geography and isolation, islands are by nature "required to be sustainable" and innovative, Sanchez, the event's guest speaker, said.
'Think about cultural best practices'
"Sustainability is really about human flourishing," he said. "Think about cultural best practices, think of traditions that we have, many of these things were built on a culture that evolved over thousands of years that naturally was sustainable."
For residents of Micronesia, the effects of the pandemic are far more serious because of geographic location, limited resources and the high probability of the virus to spread uncontrollably, Monk said.
"Fortunately, we have risen above the challenges and have come a long way from the past 24 months. We can now see a glimpse of the return of tourism and some sort of new sense of normal," she added.
Mark Manglona, marketing manager for the Guam Visitors Bureau, shared some travel trends in the Pacific, starting with the pent-up desire to travel after two years of staying home.
This bodes well for island tourism in particular, he said, because travelers are looking forward to destinations that are less crowded with tourists "where they could feel safe and comfortable."
Safety, health and hygiene are among factors that drive travel demand, he said, along with tourism offices' right messaging to their consumers that their destination is "safe."
In Guam's case, he said, there's a high COVID-19 vaccination rate and many businesses have taken part in the Guam Safe Certification and the World Travel and Tourism Council Safe Travels stamp program to help ease tourists' mind about the safety of the destination.
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First Lady Edwin Opens Three-Day Plastic Repurposing Training Workshop; Successful Outcomes in Pohnpei to Be Replicated in Yap, Chuuk, & Kosrae
PALIKIR, April 29th 2021 (FSMIS)—On April 27th, 2021, Patricia E. Edwin, First Lady of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), opened the Plastic Repurposing Training Workshop. Co-hosted by both the FSM Department of Resources & Development (R&D) and the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), the three-day workshop taught participants on how on to reuse pollutants, such as plastic bottles, in a way that will strengthen and promote Micronesian culture.
The three-day workshop concluded in Pohnpei on April 29th. The Government will soon be expanding it into the States of Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae.
“Of the more than one thousand jobs lost in the FSM due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” First Lady Edwin said, “a plurality of these have been in the tourism sector, of whom a disproportionate number have been women. …The Pandemic gives the FSM an opportunity to reflect and plan our [tourism] pathway carefully; this planning is important in the way we see the people of the FSM benefitting from businesses such as accommodation, food, transport, and nature-based activities, including a strong sense of ownership in the protection and conservation of natural resources.”
“Today,” First Lady Edwin continued, “We are demonstrating a practical way of sharing the benefits from tourism widely, across our villages and households, through the introduction of creative skill sets to make jewelry, and decorative household items, which can be sold back to visitors or exported to our diaspora in the United States and other countries.”
Intended to tap into Micronesian creativity, the Plastic Repurposing Training Workshop seeks to alter citizens’ mindset from seeing a plastic bottle on the beach or road as exclusively a pollutant into a potential source of familial revenue.
“We are a resilient people,” First Lady Edwin said. “Together we can contribute to keeping the whole Pacific region a safe and attractive paradise in our backyards by repurposing plastics, one day at a time.”
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Award recipients who advocate for environmental conservation and protection through their work to protect declining species throughout Palau. These nominees are personal example of excellence who demonstrate the potential for all members of the community.
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Yap to Celebrate Friendship with Japan during Annual Summer Festival
Colonia, Yap. During a summit meeting between Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia last fall, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, expressed his gratitude to FSM for consistently and strongly supporting his country in the international arena for many years and noted that 2018 would be the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations. His desire to develop even stronger relations was met favorably by FSM President Peter Christian who replied that he too wished to further strengthen bilateral relations with Japan.
Yap, one of four states of the FSM, is now preparing to celebrate the 30-year anniversary between the two Pacific islands during its annual Yap Summer Festival that will take place at the Living History Museum in Colonia on June 15 – 16.
“We are very excited to be able to bring together the traditional dances, food, art and culture of Yap and Japan to showcase our friendship,” said Don Evans, general manager of the Yap Visitors Bureau. “Both cultures are not just unique but use distinct, artistic expressions that represent and honor their ways of life,” he added. “It will be an exciting two days to be in Yap!”
FSM Ambassador to Japan John Fritz and FSM Honorary Consul-General to Hokkaido Nobutsugi Kyuribayashi will be among the honored guests. The formal program will include addresses by local and visiting dignitaries; entertainment by students from Yap Catholic High School; and, traditional Yapese and Japanese dance performances. Participating in the event will also be local members of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who plan to host a sushi stand, a Japanese treat that is found on every menu in Yap. Other student groups and local organizations are being invited to sell local food, handicrafts and other products in the festival’s marketplace.
For more information about the festival or to rent a booth, stop by the Yap Visitors Bureau during normal business hours, call (691) 350-2298 or go to www.visityap.com.
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