Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM States and National Tourism Conference Convened

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): May 8, 1998 - The FSM States and National Tourism Conference opened with Secretary of Economic Affairs, Sebastian L. Anefal welcoming participants from the states, College of Micronesia (COM) and the private sector Monday morning to deliberate on issues critical to tourism development in the FSM today.

The conference continued for four days with guest speakers from the World Bank, the private sector and COM-FSM, according to the Department of Economic Affairs press release.

On Monday's session, joint concerns focused on the possibility of having an organization at the national level for all of the states and concerned tourism interests to be housed. The functions and responsibilities of such an organization were discussed and was later assigned to the committee on organization to iron out the issues brought up in the plenary group.

The states fear that such organization will become just another bureaucratic layer than hinders tourism development in the FSM. Some states voiced strong ascent the idea and urged for timely organization as time is of essence.

Later, each of the states presented their marketing plans. These plans were intended to be incorporated in the general national market plan.

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