Funded by the New Zealand Insititute for Pacific Research I am working with Primary Investigator Dr Anne Ford, and co-investigators Professor Glenn Summerhayes (Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology), Nyssa Mildwaters (Otago Museum). This project will investigate the potential for the promotion of cultural heritage for sustainable tourism development within the Pacific, highlighting both the current opportunities and difficulties. Two case studies will be investigated in Samoa and Madang (PNG).
The objectives of the research are to:
Identify the opportunities and difficulties of using cultural heritage within the Pacific for sustainable tourism development
Increase in-country awareness of sustainable cultural heritage tourism opportunities
Identify workable synergies between cultural and educational institutions, government authorities, local communities and tourism infrastructure