Andrew Nihopara has been named as the 2009 PATA Face
of the Future. Andrew, Marketing Manager for the South Pacific Tourism
Organisation, based in Suva, Fiji Islands, leads a team that embraces 13
national tourism offices in the South Pacific.
His role includes
managing joint marketing efforts for 15 Pacific destinations at many
global events - including the mammoth ITB Berlin which is taking place
In 2007 he
developed and launched a South Pacific specialist online training programme that attracted enrolment applications from 260 travel
consultants around the world.
Last year Andrew launched a series
of comprehensive Market Access Guides that provide practical advice on
how to penetrate key tourism markets.
His current duties include
managing the development of the 8,100 square metre Pacific Pavilion at
the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
He is also working closely with industry
consultants on the development of regional marketing strategies and
direction for the region and for individual member countries.
a native of the Solomon Islands and previously worked for the Solomon
Islands Visitors Bureau. He graduated from Massey University in New
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