first_imgTourism Solomons’ ceo, and former Tourism Fiji ceo, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto, has been invited to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) executive board – the first Fijian to be accorded that honour.Mr Tuamoto’s attended last week’s ‘PATA Annual Summit 2019’ in Cebu, Philippines, where he took part in a leadership debate, and gave an impassioned presentation on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 8 – ‘Sustainable economic growth and decent jobs for all’.The presentation, delivered in conjunction with his counterpart from the Guam Visitors Bureau, received a standing ovation from the hundreds of delegates attending the event.Following this at the organisation’s annual general meeting, Mr Tuamoto was invited by PATA chair, Dr Chris Bottrill and the executive to join the board as a director, in the process becoming the first-ever Fijian to achieve the honour.Describing the invitation as a “real feather in the cap” not just for the Solomon Islands but the entire Pacific region, CEO Tuamoto said he was extremely humbled by the invitation and to have so much trust placed in his hands by the leadership of the Asia-Pacific’s most highly respected travel industry organisation.“This is indeed a prestigious honour and I would like to express my extreme gratitude for being given this amazing opportunity,” Mr Tuamoto said.“Being appointed to the executive board and being able to contribute further to an organisation that does so much to help develop tourism-oriented opportunity for the Solomon Islands and beyond, to the entire Pacific region is indeed a privilege.”Mr Tuamoto is a graduate in mathematics and physics from the University of the South Pacific, and holds an MBA from the University of Wales in Cardiff. He has also completed management studies at Harvard Business School in Massachusetts, the Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania, and the University of Hawaii.last_img