Ways to foster tourism development in rural areas have been the focus of a seminar of regional representatives.
The meeting at Lami in Fiji's discussed planning for community tourism initiatives.
This means encouraging ideas for sustainable tourism in rural and outer islands
Fiji's minister for tourism, Pita Nacuva, says his country's an example to others in the region who're well behind in these types of initiative.
Mr Nacuva explains the state has a role, in helping these tourism businesses:
"This is where the government comes in to provide those infrastructures; improve the roads and provide water supply, so that it enables community-based people to undertake this programme."