January 23, 2021

World Bank Group’s Game Plan to Reset Economic Recovery for Olympic Rugby Champions, Fiji

In 2016, Fiji celebrated its first ever Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games in Brazil from sevens rugby, a sport that placed the small island nation on the same pedestal as other developed nations.   Four years later, the nation like many countries in the world experienced unprecedented economic […]
January 22, 2021

New project-based appointments at Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)

SPTO is pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff to support the implementation of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) funded projects for 2021. Ms Luisa Finiasi joins SPTO as Project Coordinator, Mrs Nalini Devi as Finance & Administration Officer and Mr Lasarusa Saqusaqu […]
January 22, 2021

World Travel & Tourism Council Releases Mental Health Guidelines For Travel And Tourism Sectors

THE WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL (WTTC) HAS LAUNCHED ITS NEW MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES TO HELP BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES IN THE INDUSTRY SUPPORT THEIR EMPLOYEES. The mental health guidelines build on the diversity and inclusion guidelines released by WTTC in 2020, going one step deeper to focus on mental […]
January 22, 2021

Cruise Lines International Association – CLIA Names New Global Chairman

MSC CRUISES’ PIERFRANCESCO VAGO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO A TWO-YEAR TERM AS GLOBAL CHAIRMAN OF THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA), EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Vago served as chief of MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, before becoming the cruise line’s executive chairman in 2016. He also previously served as chairman of […]
January 22, 2021

Aviation in the Pacific in the Spotlight for Ministerial Meeting

Aviation is a critical service and enabler in the Pacific, acting as a bridge in the skyconnecting us to the world. To heighten the role of aviation in the region, particularlyto the tourism sector, the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has taken the lead inpreparing a White Paper ahead of the […]
January 22, 2021

Pacific Asia Travel Association Predicts Full Recovery Make Take 3 Years

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has predicted, that even in the base case scenario, visitor numbers to the region will still be below 2019 levels in two years’ time. The finds are included in the just-released Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2021-2023 report. The document includes three growth prospects for international visitor arrivals […]
January 22, 2021

World Travel & Tourism Council Forecasts Return Of 100m Tourism Jobs In 2021

More than 100 million jobs could return to the global tourism sector during 2021, as the world recovers from the crippling Covid-19 pandemic. That is according to the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). A strong summer of travel is expected as the sector begins its […]
January 22, 2021

Samoa’s International Industry Training Initiative

Samoa is taking a major step towards strengthening travel bubble relations with a new virtual exchange program, and is seeking collaboration from Kiwi businesses. The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has launched the ​South Pacific Tourism Virtual Exchange Program ​and is calling on fellow New Zealand tourism and hospitality specialists and […]
January 22, 2021

UAE Carriers Launch IATA’s New COVID-19 Travel Pass

Both Etihad and Emirates will become the first airlines globally to trial the new travel pass from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This mobile app will help travelers to ensure their pre-travel test and/or vaccination records meet the needs of the destination to which they are traveling. Click HERE […]
January 22, 2021

Global Tourism Crisis Committee Meets Again to Explore Safe Travel in Age of Vaccines

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has met for the first time in 2021. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the cross-sector body met in Madrid during the 113th session of the UNWTO Executive Council to advance solid plans to restart tourism. The meeting focused on the integration of vaccines into a […]
January 22, 2021

Sustainable tourism: 4 lessons 2020 taught us about travel.

Change was needed in the travel industry, even before the pandemic took place. Here’s what 2020 taught us about sustainable tourism and travel for 2021. With 2020 basically putting a halt to all but essential travel, and hotels, monuments, airlines, museums and restaurants trying to reinvent themselves, repurpose their spaces […]
January 22, 2021

Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands. On a cold February morning last year, as she lay curled up in a fetal position on her kitchen floor, Melissa Jackson called her manager at a New Jersey beauty salon to ask […]
January 22, 2021

Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand.

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday […]
January 22, 2021

We are sailing! Cruises are back but over-50s travel firm Saga says all customers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding

Saga announces all customers on its cruises and holidays will need Covid jabs Firm says travellers must have had both shots at least a fortnight before travel It is the first cruise line to make vaccinations compulsory for its holidaymakers Saga says it plans to resume river cruises, escorted tours and […]
January 22, 2021

This Is When These 10 Cruise Lines Plan To Restart

The cruise industry is slowly recovering after a year of virtually no sailing, and cruise operators have been announcing their plans for restarts. Cruise Industry News has gathered everything we currently know about the following 10 lines’ plans, representing various niche, premium and regional brands.  Ponant Ponant is planning to recommence operations in […]
January 21, 2021

Cook Islands Resorts Ready To Welcome Guests

With high hopes weighing on a two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand by March 31, local accommodation providers are ready to welcome visitors to the island paradise of Rarotonga. Local resorts are gearing up for the much-anticipated two-way travel bubble with New Zealand expected to be implemented […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand To Operate Daily Flights To The Cook Islands From March 28

Air New Zealand will be operating daily return flights to Rarotonga from March 28 in anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand. The announcement came as part of the airline’s Covid-19 international schedule through to June 30 2021. Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council president Liana […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand’s First Quarantine-Free Flight Lands In Auckland

For Virginia Cabral the chance to finally meet 7-month-old granddaughter Maria Virginia was sweet. Straight through the Auckland International Airport on the first quarantine-free flight from the Cook Islands she got to meet the baby for the first time. Cabral was also reunited with her other granddaughter Mahina who she […]
January 21, 2021

New South Wales Premier Pushes For Pacific Bubble In 2021

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the federal government to reconsider the long-term suspension of international travel, saying a Pacific bubble should be established this year. Ms Berejiklian’s push for a faster approach to international travel during the pandemic comes after Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly this week […]
January 21, 2021

Pacific Islands May Not Finish Rolling Out COVID Vaccines Until 2025

Solomon Islands has avoided the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, but new research shows it could take it and other Pacific countries years to vaccinate the majority of their populations. With only 17 coronavirus cases detected from returning nationals at quarantine centres, and no community transmission in Solomon Islands, the […]
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