SI Tourism Industry Mourns the Passing of Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto
The country’s tourism industry is mourning the death of the Tourism Solomons Chief Executive Officer Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto in Suva, Fiji last Tuesday.
Chairperson of the Tourism Solomons board, Chris Hapa confirmed Tuamoto’s passing in a statement after a short illness.
Mr Hapa says the national tourist office team was devastated by the loss of their beloved ‘Boso’ who joined them in 2013.
He says Tuamoto has had a massive impact on the Solomon Islands tourism industry.
“There can be no doubt Jo has had a massive impact on the Solomon Islands tourism industry in his time here.
We were very fortunate when he accepted an offer to join us in 2013, his reputation on the regional tourism scene, and particularly the impact he achieved for the Fiji tourism sector on a world-wide basis while CEO of Tourism Fiji, more than preceded him,” Mr Harapa says.
He adds the Tourism Industry will miss him who made more high-profile achievements for the national tourist office.
“Jo’s contribution to the industry speaks for itself especially in terms of the overall policy and strategic direction taken under his stewardship.
There can be no doubt the Solomon Islands government and our tourism industry have more than benefitted from having him here and we will all surely miss his intelligent advice,” Mr Hapa states.
Meanwhile, Solomon Airlines has conveyed its condolences to his wife, Unaisi, children and grandchild.
The Airline says Late Tuamoto’s contribution to the Solomon Islands and Fiji tourism industries has been invaluable, a legacy that has set the platform for growth for both tourism destinations.