TEMOTU premier Nelson Omar Menale has highlighted tourism potentials of his province during last week’s premiers’ conference.
His presentation was based on the topic “Making Temotuans as actors in Economic development, not spectators”.
Speaking during the conference, Premier Menale stated eco-tourism is one of the potential development sectors of his province.
Mr Menale said that there is potential in the Laperouse Wreckages on Vanikoro Island, Mendana history on Santa Cruz, Tepuke canoe of Duff Islands, the rich and diverse cultures and languages in Temotu, attractive scenic sites in the islands of Temotu, and proximity to one of the world’s tourism hotspots, Vanuatu.
He said there is a need to provide Rural Financial Assistance scheme to communities/individuals to venture into eco-tourism businesses, as well as providing appropriate hospitality and customer service training, including business management to the people of Temotu.
“National government must prioritise developments that will provide opportunities for local people to participate with urgency and commitments in their plans and budget.
“Establish Rural Micro-financing Scheme for rural farmers and business houses.
“Re-focus donors to balance their support to rural development than biased against it,” Mr Menale stated.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA