At the South Pacific Tourism Organisation's (SPTO) Local IT Support Partners Workshop for e-marketing of small scale tourism accommodation outlets in Nadi last week, 18 August 2014 - the internet providers and trainers believe hotels, resorts, lodges, and guests houses should take advantage of online bookings.
The project is one of SPTO's important initiatives to provide support to the private sector in the region and is carried out under the PacificRegional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP) and funded by the European Union.
I was excited to get a window opportunity last Saturday 23 August 2014, to talk with our very own local Tonga business; Pasifika Technology Ltd; Operations Manager - George Tonga, (Managing Director - Sosefo Sime), who've represented Tonga at this Trainers Training Program Workshop. Thank you George for taking the time to chat with me.
From a Small Business perspective - can you give me a short feedback on your experience with this IT Trainers Training Program Workshop that you've just returned from in Fiji?
Thanks Lusia. The experience I had is that we are far behind from the rest of the world regarding technology. But the training help me to see what we can do to help our country expose using this amazing system that is in place. It's a matter of making our local Tourism Related Provider understand how to use it and what makes it more attractive for tourist to visit Tonga and their accommodation or service.
[In a statement made by the Managing Director, Sosefo Sime, he said Tonga needs more international exposure and take advantage of the internet through online bookings. He said, only 15% of small medium enterprise accommodation providers in Tonga had yet to take advantage of the system. However, he was optimistic that lessons learnt from the SPTO workshop would be vital in providing support for accommodation providers in Tonga].
Who else from Tonga attended this IT Trainers Training Program Workshop in Fiji?
It was only myself (George Tonga) and our Managing Director; Sosefo Sime from Tonga.
Would you recommend this program with SPTO to other IT Providers and related industries if it becomes available again?
Yes, I would love to send more IT participants to the same program, if not similar program in the future.
What did you like and enjoy most about this IT Trainers Training Program Workshop?
I enjoyed most when we start using the system to go live into health check hotels and accommodation using live hotels....and I can already see hotels and accommodation in Tonga that need help. We need more open-minded people like you Lusia to help push this through if not - we will be get stuck and the training and system will be useless (he laughs).
If I could recommend you and your company to the Tourism industry and other businesses - how can they get in contact with you?
PASIFIKA TECHNOLOGY LTD
Post Office Building
Telephone: +676 26 469