2020 SPTE to be held in Christchurch

The 2020 South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) convened by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation will be held on May 25-26 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The SPTE is the largest annual Business to Business tourism event organized by the South Pacific Organisation for the Pacific islands. It is a platform for sellers, which facilitates collaboration between tourism service providers, national tourism offices of SPTO member countries and international buyers including travel agents and tour operators from around the world.

“We received positive feedback on the 2019 SPTE held earlier this month, particularly that New Zealand was a favorable host destination. SPTE 2020 will be held a few days after ATE and TRENZ, which are Australia and New Zealand’s biggest annual tourism events,” said Christopher Cocker, SPTO Chief Executive Officer.

Co-hosted by the New Zealand Maori Tourism, the 2019 SPTE attracted 94 sellers from 17 Pacific Island countries, New Zealand Maori Tourism businesses and 62 international buyers from 14 countries across the globe.

“Given the success and positive feedback, we have decided to take the SPTE back to New Zealand. In making this decision, we also took into consideration the convenient access and affordability for Pacific and international participants and the effectiveness of the dates and venue” said Mr. Cocker.


Photo file supplied. Caption: Participants at a South Pacific Tourism Exchange