Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia and Airbnb have announced a partnership that will promote inclusive, sustainable tourism and empower Pacific Island communities.

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In Vanuatu, copra (dried coconut) farming can feel like living in ‘agricultural poverty’. However, the introduction of organic certification is enabling farmers to increase prices for their product, turning agricultural poverty into prosperity.

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Thirteen i-Kiribati recruits in the Pacific Microstates–Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program on Hayman Island celebrate achieving their Certificate III in Hospitality.

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Nauru (Naoero) is a raised, fossilised coral atoll located 42 kilometres south of the equator, with a land area of 21 square kilometres. There are 12 tribes, which are represented by the twelve-pointed star on the national flag. The Nauruan way of life has been greatly influenced by the Christian faith and very little of the old ways remain.
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Employment opportunities on the small island state of Nauru are limited. Agnes Mata Denuga always loved fashion and jewellery, and saw the potential to use Nauru’s natural resource, phosphate, to create a range of jewellery.

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Australia’s commitment to working with the Pacific Islands is reflected in the white paper, vowing to work with the region to support economic growth and governance, and identify the security, stability and the maintenance of Australia’s status as an important partner and actor in the Indo-Pacific region.

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To further enhance Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s digital tourism program, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel site, is adding further value to the workshops by equipping local operators with social media marketing skills and knowledge, as well as educating participants on the importance of customer referrals.

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At the finale of the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum, the pitch was the deciding factor of success. While this was a competition, the art of pitching is the same if you are pitching to judges or potential investors.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is Australia’s nearest neighbour, separated by just five kilometres across the Torres Strait. Politically independent since 1975, PNG is one of the most diverse countries in the world – geographically, biologically, culturally and linguistically – with over 800 indigenous languages.
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‘The worlds of these women are complex, often violent and insecure. Through an ongoing relationship with these communities my aim is to provide them with sustainable incomes and to help ensure bilum remains a viable art form for future generations,’ says Caroline Sherman, Founder, Among Equals.

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