The Vanuatu Division of Tourism, and Planet Happiness have partnered to measure the happiness and well-being of residents all through Vanuatu’s six provinces.
As a part of a long-term partnership, the Happiness Index survey will have interaction native individuals and tourism stakeholders to outline actions to strengthen vacation spot well-being, transferring past solely measuring customer arrivals and contribution to GDP.
The 2 organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on seventeenth October. The MOU indicators their intent to work collectively to assist accountable vacation spot administration.
On signing the MOU, Vanuatu’s Director of Tourism, Jerry Spooner, stated: “The collaboration with Planet Happiness meets key aims set out in our 2019-2030 Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Coverage, which is a name to business, neighborhood and Authorities to remodel our tourism business from dependence to resilience, and to align with our conventional values.
“Guided by our Coverage, we goal to advertise a tourism business that’s moral, inclusive, cares for all our individuals, regenerates and protects our surroundings, customs and tradition. The partnership will improve the resilience of Vanuatu as a vacation spot within the face of local weather change and exterior threats resembling COVID 19,” he added.
With the assist of tourism stakeholders and authorities departments, the Division of Tourism will use the findings of the Happiness Index survey to trace tourism’s contribution to Vanuatu’s Nationwide Sustainable Improvement Plan (2016-2030) aims.
“Annual iterations of the survey will assist to measure Vanuatu’s progress in assembly lots of the nation’s UN Sustainable Improvement Targets. When built-in with Vanuatu’s Sustainable Tourism Coverage, the findings will assist construct Vanuatu’s place as one of many Pacific’s most sustainable locations,” stated Spooner.
In keeping with the Asian Improvement Financial institution, in 2018, Vanuatu acquired simply over 358,000 worldwide guests with air arrivals rising by 4.7% and cruise ship arrivals nearly doubling that price with progress of 9.2%. Barely greater than half of the air travellers had been from Australia, 13% from New Caledonia, and 12% from New Zealand. In the identical yr journey and tourism accounted for about 45% of the nationwide financial system.
Planet Happiness works with tourism organizations around the globe to deploy the Happiness Index. The goal is to assist native stakeholders to make use of the survey findings to design and implement measures to enhance the standard of life in host locations.
“Planet Happiness helps locations transfer past a slim tourism greenback and GDP agenda,” stated Dr Paul Rogers, co-founder and director of Planet Happiness. “Vanuatu’s Division of Tourism is selling accountable, high quality tourism aims by its Sustainable Tourism Coverage. We’re subsequently delighted to assist the DoT and Vanuatu’s tourism stakeholders facilitate happiness and well-being for his or her residents.”
The Happiness Index is nicely established as a part of a world initiative to measure well-being in tourism locations linked to UNESCO World Heritage Websites. The Index has companions in 17 tourism locations in 13 nations. Indicators embrace satisfaction with life, entry to nature and humanities, neighborhood engagement, way of life, life-long studying, and well being.
“Planet Happiness will assist Vanuatu’s Division of Tourism by deploying what is probably one of the best, most progressive, adaptable, and easy-to-use Happiness Index survey on the planet,” stated Laura Musikanski, writer, lawyer, and co-founder of Planet Happiness, a mission of the Happiness Alliance.