Tourism Solomons has appointed Fiona Teama to supervise all aspects of the Australian marketing portfolio from the national tourist office’s Honiara headquarters.
Teama was introduced to media and trade at an industry briefing on Tuesday at Sydney’s Cafe Del Mar.
We managed to distract ourselves from the delicious food for long enough to give her a warm welcome.
Previously holding the position of senior marketing information officer, Teama steps into the role formerly held by the high profile and extremely popular Stella Lucas who tragically passed away last April.
Announcing her appointment, CEO Tuamoto said her promotion came at a critical juncture in the national tourist office’s history following this month’s launch of the new ‘Solomon Is.’ branding and related new international marketing direction.
“Fiona is stepping up to fill a pair of very big boots but she is the right person for this role,” Tuamoto said.
“I am confident her involvement and direction in ensuring all Tourism Solomon’s marketing and related activity in the Australian market, supported by a very experienced Australia-based team, will play a role in our achieving maximum impact in this key area of our business.”
A Bachelor of Arts majoring in tourism management from the University of the South Pacific, Teama is also a Fellow of the prestigious US State Department-sponsored Pacific Islands Professional Fellows Program.
Joining the national tourist office in February 2015 as a graduate trainee, most recently she has held management responsibility for all aspects of the NTO’s key dive portfolio.
She has also played a strong role in helping to promote the Solomon Islands to the Papua New Guinea market, now one of the destination’s top sources of international visitation.
Featured image: Pictured at the Sydney industry briefing, the Tourism Solomons team, from left to right) Mike Parker-Brown, Fiona teama, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto and Richard Skewes.