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South Pacific Tourism Organisation
The South Pacific Tourism Organization is a consortium of 14 South Pacific island destinations. They have pooled their resources to create an effective website, with informational, promotional, and educational materials for tourism professionals, including a specialist program. The site also provides links to the official tourism agencies of the individual member countries and other useful links.
The 14 members of SPTO are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tahiti, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Samoa, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands. All except the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, and Tahiti are independent countries.
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Palau Visitors Authority
Located on the western edge of Micronesia, about 400 miles east of the Philippines, Palau is a group of over 200 islands, ranging in size from small to tiny — total area 174 square miles (459 sq km).
Renowned for its unspoiled cultural and natural environment, Palau is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Oceania. Magnificent reef lagoons make Palau a favorite among divers.
The nation's flag depicts a full moon on a sea blue field. The moon symbolizes peace, love, and tranquility; virtues the Paluan people exemplify.
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Federated States of Micronesia Visitors Board
The Federated States of Micronesia are four nations — Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap — in the Caroline Islands, east of Palau. The FSM control 607 islands, 16 of which are inhabited. They lie about 6 degrees 55 minutes North of the Equator, sprinkled across a longitudinal distance of 1,678 miles (2,700 km). Though their total land mass is only 270.8 square miles (702 sq km), the islands occupy over a million square miles (2,600,000 sq km) of the Pacific Ocean.
The approximately 110,000 citizens of the FSM speak 17 different languages. This diversity creates extraordinary cultural tourism opportunities. For example, Yap — an island renowned for its diving — is blessed with an intact indigenous culture that preserves rich dance and ritual traditions, and a strange, ancient monetary system.
If you have clients who think they've been everywhere and seen it all, consider offering them the FSM experience.