Tourism Business Inventory Survey and Mauri Mark Inspection Beru Island Council

first_imgThe KNTO team conducted a Tourism Business Inventory Survey and Mauri Mark Inspection on accommodations on the island of Beru on the 12th – 15th February 2019. There were two parts of the survey that was carried out namely Mauri Mark Inspection and TBIS. As part of the survey, a feasibility study was also conducted on site to determine the potential for developing tourism attractions that can serve as attraction (point of interest) for international tourists who want to explore the island. This study will also help in determining the type of markets that are interested to visiting Beru and also set the approaches that needs to be adopted for future development of tourism on the Island. The survey for accommodations was carried out on the 12th February 2019 while on the 13th till 15th February 2019 the feasibility study was conducted.This is the first time this survey was conducted on Beru. The main purpose of this survey is aligned to the KV20 objective which is to promote the development of tourism on Outer Islands in order to boost the benefit from tourism that could benefit the local people.After the survey, it was found that there are only three accommodations inspected which are the Catholic Parish Guesthouse, Beru Island Council Guesthouse and Rongorongo Guesthouse. However, the feasibility study was conducted on the whole island starting from Taboiaki Village to Aotukia village which took 3 days. As observed, the island itself has its own unique natural and cultural attractions which could attract those markets who wish to explore nature and to experience traditional culture of the indigenous people. Few sites were also visited which are Te Bokaboka Pond and the Natural Salt Area to name a few, refer to figure 1. The outcome of this survey can set directions on the areas that need to be developed for the future tourism development on the island.Figure 1.Background Information of Te Bokaboka and Salt Pond in Beru.Te Bokaboka or algae was first discovered many years ago by a lady named Nei Tebanikarawa who dreamed about the rare algae that existed in their village that was edible. It was during the famine where fruit trees were not bearing fruit and there was little to eat on the island. In her dream, she was also given the ingredient or methods for preparing it as food. Soon after she made this discovery, all villagers collected it as a food during the famine. It was from her dream that this Bokaboka or rare algae was discovered and also found to be the most unique traditional food of the island that is still eaten today. There is no other site or area in Kiribati where this algae (Bokaboka) can be found but only in Beru Island and this is what distinguishes Beru Island from the rest of the Kiribati Island. These algae are located at Taboiaki Village the Southern Part of Beru Island.Te nei ni man: ‘The lake of fauna’ is located at the northern side of the island near the village of Autukia. During rainy seasons the lake will be full of fish mostly the milkfish. During times of drought, the lake turns into a salt reservoir. post Tourism Business Inventory Survey and Mauri Mark Inspection Beru Island Council appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more