March 19, 2021

French Polynesia issues RFP for inter-island pax services

Air Archipels (RHL, Papeete) has ordered two Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 260s from Beechcraft/Textron Aviation as part of its fleet renewal and upgrade plans. One of the turboprops will feature a large cargo door, the first of its type, for medivac flights. Due in September this year, the first aircraft will be exclusively dedicated to […]
March 19, 2021

Canberra extends A$1.2bn lifeline to Australian carriers

Australian airlines have embraced the government’s AUD1.2 billion Australian dollar (USD930 million) stimulus package for the country’s aviation and tourism industry, which includes 800,000 half-price airline tickets, cheap loans for businesses, direct support to keep aircraft flying and airline workers employed. Welcoming the lifeline, the Qantas Group and Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int’l) said it […]
March 19, 2021

Qantas launches new flights to Norfolk Island

Qantas will be broadening Aussies’ holiday options by launching flights to Norfolk Island — but it may only be for a period of three months. The new routes are made possible due to a three-month contract brokered with Qantas by the Federal Government. From March 19, the Flying Kangaroo will operate […]
March 19, 2021

Vanuatu Government Takes Control Of Air Vanuatu After Sacking Its Board

The government of the Pacific island of Vanuatu has taken control of Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila) after firing its board of directors in an effort to save the state-owned airline from bankruptcy. “The situation of the airline is very, very critical, that’s why we took this decision,” Finance Minister Johnny Koanapo, said […]
March 19, 2021

Tourism Australia To Launch $12M Content Creation Initiative For Tourism Operators

TOURISM AUSTRALIA HAS ANNOUNCED A $12 MILLION VISUAL MARKETING PACKAGE AIMED AT SUPPORTING TOURISM BUSINESSES ACROSS AUSTRALIA. Aiming to aid operators in their recovery and to drive increased visitation by helping them better market their experiences and attractions, the National Experience Content Initiative will provide new visual imagery for up […]
March 19, 2021

Covid pandemic has shifted debate on sustainability

The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the debate on sustainability in travel, according to the head of the Travel Foundation. Jeremy Sampson, Travel Foundation chief executive said: “Think back a year and a half, we were talking about over-tourism and plastics and some of the big issues facing destinations. “Some places […]
March 19, 2021

Samoa Tourism Authority Tries To Woo Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Back To His Homeland With Cheeky Video

SAMOA TOURISM AUTHORITY (STA) HAS REMINDED INSTAGRAM’S MOST-FOLLOWED ACTOR, DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, OF ALL THE REASONS WHY HIS HOMELAND SHOULD BE TOP OF HIS (AND EVERYONE’S) TRAVEL AGENDA WITH A CHEEKY VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA. The 60-second video has already notched up more than 120,000 views across STA’s social […]
March 19, 2021

Travel Advisors Weigh in on Whether Vaccinated Baby Boomers Are Spurring Bookings

With growing numbers of Baby Boomers receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, the good news is they are turning their collective attention to traveling again – but not necessarily so much in 2021. “We have seen an uptick in inquiries about 2022 and 2023,” said Gary Pollard, CTC, president of Ambassador Tours. “Most of […]
March 19, 2021

JBIC and ADB inject liquidity into Asia Pacific aviation sector with two new deals

Amid broader turbulence in the aviation sector, Asian public sector institutions rolled out hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of support to airlines in the region last week. In one deal, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) inked a ¥25.3bn (approximately US$232mn) guarantee agreement covering four private financial institutions […]
March 19, 2021

Australia and Singapore plan travel bubble to boost tourism

Australia plans to set up a travel bubble with Singapore using a digital vaccine passport to allow ease of travelling between the two countries. According to The Straits Times newspaper, Australia’s Tourism Minister Dan Tehan announced on Monday that he would travel to Singapore in the coming months to set […]
March 19, 2021

Taiwan and Palau to launch air-travel bubble; success in coronavirus fight makes link between allies possible

The scheme will involve two flights a week, and will require negative Covid-19 tests for travellers from Taiwan Palau, in Micronesia, is one of 15 countries with official ties to Taiwan, and has not seen a single Covid-19 infectio Taiwan and its southern Pacific ally, Palau, will inaugurate a much […]
March 19, 2021

P&O launches UK ‘cruises to nowhere’ for vaccinated passengers

British cruise line P&O Cruises has announced it is to offer “cruises to nowhere” for vaccinated British travelers this summer. The voyages will depart in late June from the southern England port of Southampton and navigate the UK coast.There will be no stop offs. Instead, guests will only be able […]
March 19, 2021

Paul Gauguin Cruises Unveils Renovated m/s Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is pleased to announce a ship renovation, featuring luxurious enhancements, that took place during The Gauguin’s drydock ending on March 9th in Singapore. The vision of the renovation […]
March 19, 2021

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG

Australia has announced that it is donating 8,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to Papua New Guinea’s frontline health workers, as the Pacific nation battles a COVID-19 outbreak. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the doses would be sent next week to Papua New Guinea from Australia’s own stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines, […]
March 19, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines might arrive in Tonga in April

The arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Tonga from COVAX “is tentative for next month as per current plans”, confirmed Ministry of Health Acting CEO, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa today. “We are also mindful of the logistical challenges currently experienced during the current COVID-19 pandemic that may alter initial plans,” he said. Tonga has submitted […]
March 19, 2021

IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials. “The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and […]
March 19, 2021

Covid-19 Free Niue Welcomes Quarantine Free Travel with NZ

The Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern have announced passengers from Niue can resume quarantinefree travel into New Zealand on Tuesday 23 March Niue time (Wednesday 24 March New Zealand time). Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi says Niue is unique as one […]
March 19, 2021

Kiribati extends border closure

The Government of Kiribati has officially declared a further extension of its border closure in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This new extension will remain effective until the end of June 2021 when another review is expected to take place for further determination of Kiribati’s border settings. During this […]
March 19, 2021

Successful Hatching of 89 Hawksbill of Sea Turtles On Lissenung Island

Imagine being asked to watch turtles’ hatch. Definitely an offer no one would refuse. In order to witness it you would have to travel to a picturesque island resort about 25 minutes by speed boat off Kavieng town in the New Ireland Province. The island is called Lissenung translated to […]
March 19, 2021

Papua New Guinea’s 20202 Visitor Arrival Numbers Lowest in 20 Years.

The Tourism Promotion Authority 2020 Visitor Arrival Report revealed a massive 82% decrease in visitors to Papua New Guinea.  A total of 39,000 international visitors were recorded in 2020, this was 170,000 less than the 2019 arrival figures.  The 2020 figures are the lowest ever recorded for over two decades.  […]