Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program



The East-West Center is pleased to announce that in September 2017, PIDP was awarded a grant from the Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to conduct the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program in 2018-2019. This program will bring two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.

Professional Fellows chosen through an open competition will arrive with ideas for an applied project or business problem that bears directly on tourism growth in their home country. Rigorously curated placements, with a close pairing of each Fellow’s project objectives to the Designated Placement Host, will offer Professional Fellows fresh insights, new analytical perspectives, and practical approaches for building nascent island tourism sectors. Supplemental educational and cultural enrichment activities will ensure Fellows acquire substantive leadership skills as well as a deeper appreciation of American society. A smaller number of select U.S.-based fellows will work directly with their counterparts from the Pacific Islands to develop their projects and will participate in a 2-week follow-up trip to their partners' home countries.

PIDP is excited to be working in close cooperation with the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on this program and welcomes the involvement of its partner institutions including the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Schidler College of Business and Pacific Business Center Program.

The open competition launched in mid-October 2017 for placements in the April 2018 cohort.