11 February, 2010
Recovering Samoa opens door to TIDES delegates
Samoa started welcoming more than 150 delegates over the weekend for
the inaugural Tourism Investment for the Development of Enterprise and
Sustainability (TIDES) conference.
TIDES, organised by
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), was originally scheduled to
take place on 25-28 November 2009. However, the recent earthquake and
subsequent tsunami suffered by the Pacific island postponed the
conference to 17-19 February 2009.
The conference will
feature a host of expert presenters who specialise in a variety of
tourism and related industries, with its keynote speaker confirmed to
be DestiCorp CEO Anna Pollock.
Presenters will focus on
the importance of tourism as an economic and social enabler and stress
the need to find solutions to the many obstacles which currently stifle
tourism growth in the region.
Delegates will use
the conference as a platform to network with international and regional
business and financial organisations and explore business and
"We expect this conference
will help raise awareness of the Pacific region's tourism potential,"
said Chris Flynn, Regional Director Pacific of PATA.
will also allow attendees to develop or strengthen international
partnerships and help them define the industry's direction, as it
emerges from the Global Financial Crisis."
TIDES is sponsored by
Pro€Invest of the European Commission as part of the EU's African,
Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).