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Ilisapeci Matatolu

Lecturer
tourism management
University of south pacific
Fiji

Biography

Ili Matatolu recently joined The University of the South Pacific from Tourism Fiji, where she was Regional Director (The Americas) from 2007 to 2013. Her marketing role in the United States included directing the implementation of Fiji’s marketing plan and developing strategic partnerships for the national tourist office, targeted at increasing Fiji’s market share of the lucrative US outbound market. She has a Bachelor of Tourism (Hons) from James Cook University in Australia.     She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South Pacific (Geo/Eng). Prior to her Los Angeles posting, Ms Matatolu was Tourism Fiji’s Regional Director for the Australian market from 2002 to 2006, based in its Sydney office. During her 5-year stint with Fiji’s national tourist office in Australia, Ms Matatolu worked closely with the Australian and Fiji travel and trade partners to achieve positive increases in visitor arrivals. Her tourism industry background includes practical experience in the area of tourism marketing, event management and niche tourism.

Research Interest

Tourism Marketing: destination marketing and marketing strategy; marketing communications; social media; digital advertising; B2B marketing; and brand management and positioning. Events Management: special events management, conference and incentive marketing, and destination research. New Business Developments: niche markets, strategies Tourism Impacts on the Environment

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