What do we do?
SPSN is working to position the South Pacific as a sailing destination equal to the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Yachting aids the economies of our islands
During their lengthy visits they typically spend more money than shore-bound or cruise ship tourists, and in a wider variety of locations including remote atolls. Surveys have shown that in New Zealand, the average visiting yacht under 18m spends between $40,000 and $60,000 NZD during a typical four to six month stay.
For our Islands;
• Establish Nautical Tourism as a recognised profitable tourism niche.
• Collect and compile qualitative and quantitative surveys and data on the yachting sector throughout the South Pacific region. Their inter-island movements, the lengths of their visits, and estimates of their expenditures. Benchmark statistics enabling a better understanding the movements of boating visitors, and the impact of this sector on the economies.
• Collaborate to secure international funding for joint initiatives in order to increase nautical tourism expenditure throughout the South Pacific.
• Initiate group-wide exchanges of tourism personnel for training courses aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding and higher standards of professionalism in the marine tourism sectors.
• Develop working relationships with government tourism and processing authorities such as the Memorandum Of Understanding with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
• Assist with communications for aid organisations to outer islands and encourage better practice of community involvement by the yachts.
For the yachts:
• Jointly represent the region giving informative sailing seminars in key places such as Panama, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, Tahiti, introducing and inspiring yachties to discover the South Pacific.
• Create targeted multimedia promotional tools and initiate media coverage to promote the South Pacific sailing zone as one entity.
• Create and maintain information tools for each member destination -regulations, formalities, recommended moorings, services and infrastructure available.
• Participate in key international promotional events – boat shows in the USA and Europe, Panama Canal transit peak season, Voiles de St Tropez, major Caribbean regattas races.
• Create a dynamic event calendar in the South Pacific for boats crossing the zone -The Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous, The Blue Water Festival in Tonga, Musket Cove Regatta in Fiji, The Millenium Cup in New Zealand, The Groupama Race in New Caledonia.
• Support organised sailing rallies which encourage first time ocean passages.
• Create more major sailing events in the Pacific- like reinstating the Transpacific race or an inter-island treasure hunt?
• Suggest voyaging and destination information sources and charitable organisations wanting cruising yacht participation.