ESR’s science expertise is behind the launch of two guidelines aimed at supporting Tonga’s tourism sector.
The guidelines represent the culmination of three years of partnership between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health, Tourism Division and ESR in a project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme.
The project brought together the tourism and health sectors to produce guidelines for Tonga’s many tourist accommodation businesses to provide them with best practice and advice on safe rainwater harvesting, controlling mosquito-borne diseases and food safety and hygiene.
Tonga’s tourism sector is a key part of their economic growth so the pressures on infrastructure and environment needs to be carefully managed in order to protect the health of both guests and staff.
ESR Science Leader Jan Gregor says the project was a really important collaboration and has helped inform ESR’s commitment to supporting the sustainable development needs of the Pacific region.
“It’s crucial that accommodation businesses can identify and manage the public health risks to the thousands of visitors Tonga receives and those that work with and around them.
“We took the approach that we shouldn’t wait for problems to arise but instead proactively target and prioritise the issues that are most likely to occur and that have the most serious consequences.
“Prevention is always better than cure,” Jan says.
Read the guidelines here: