Pacific Tourism Industry loses a Respected Leader
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation and the regional tourism industry have lost a leader, a pillar, a gentleman and a friend in the passing of Dixon Seeto. And he will be remembered for his meaningful and immense contributions to the region said SPTO Board Chair, David Vaeafe.
“Dixon was a SPTO Board member representing the Private Sector members, while he recently took up this appointment, he has always contributed to and supported the development of regional tourism in his capacity as a respected leader in the Fiji tourism industry,” said Mr. Vaeafe.
Mr. Seeto had made significant contributions to Pacific tourism for more than 20 years and was appointed to the SPTO Board in 2017. He attended the SPTO Board meeting and the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) held in Auckland last May, “We enjoyed his contributions at the meeting and the SPTE and Dixon certainly made an impact on the members, this is reflected in the tributes and condolences we received from his fellow board members who were fortunate to have made his acquaintance” said Mr. Vaeafe.
“Dixon’s passing was untimely and he will be missed, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with him over the years and we will miss his passion for the industry. On behalf of the SPTO Board and staff, I offer our condolences and prayers to Jenny and the Seeto family during this difficult time.”
SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker echoed Mr. Vaeafe’s sentiments, “We celebrate the life of an honest person, who was so full of life. Dixon had a great sense of humor, was passionate and dedicated to regional tourism. He valued relationships and people. We have lost a true son of the Pacific and he will always be remembered.”
Mr. Cocker said SPTO stands in solidarity with the Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association (FHTA) as they mourn the loss of their President, friend and mentor.
Established in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 20 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation enlists a private sector membership base.
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