March 19, 2021

IMF Staff Concludes Virtual Staff Visit to Vanuatu

While Vanuatu has successfully contained COVID-19 risk, the prolonged closure of the border has severely impacted the economy. The economy is projected to return to positive growth in 2021 as the impact of the pandemic fades and borders reopen gradually. However, the outlook remains subject to downside risks. Vanuatu’s Article […]
March 19, 2021

‘Revenge travel’ could be the spark that ignites tourism around the world

Revenge travel is the new hot term. Think of it like you’re finally getting out of a relationship, (this time with COVID-19), and you’re ready to get back out there. You’re ready to take some extra trips, or splurge on the trip you’ve been dreaming about because you haven’t been […]
March 19, 2021

Recommended by Forever Fiji for families and couples

While New Zealanders are all loving exploring their backyard, it’s hard not to let thoughts stray to when the borders reopen and we can visit our beloved Pacific Islands again. The first place on many New Zealanders’ minds will definitely be Fiji. The ease of holidaying, the beauty of the […]
March 12, 2021

Australia’s support for Pacific vaccine access — and what more it can do

The year since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic has divided the world as much as it has brought it together. Every region and every country has experienced this pandemic differently. Some countries have seen extraordinary death tolls, which will have intergenerational effects. Others have managed to contain […]
March 12, 2021

Taveuni hosts plastics repurposing training

The Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative (PTWAI) plastics repurposing training organised by SPTO in partnership with Taveuni Tourism Association was launched at the Nakia Resort in Taveuni on Tuesday 9 March. The 3-day training is a celebration of women and their contribution to our communities and society. The trainings are […]
March 12, 2021

Fiji Airways Signs Agreement with ADB for US$65 million COVID-19 Liquidity Support Facility

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today signed a US$65 million Liquidity Support Facility with the Asian Development (ADB). The Support Facility is to help the airline cover operating costs and meet financial obligations while the travel demand remains non-existent due to the pandemic-induced border closures.The financing comprises a $40 million […]
March 12, 2021

Fiji launches COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign for 6,000 front line workers

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has launchedthe COVID-19 vaccination campaign today with the target to fully vaccinate 6,000 front-line workers including health care workers, members of the disciplined forces, and border control workers who operate our COVID-19 border control and quarantine services. The first batch of 12,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca […]
March 12, 2021

Cook Islands agree to open up travel corridor between Auckland and Rarotonga

The Cook Islands Cabinet met yesterday and has agreed to resume flights from Auckland to Rarotonga. The move comes following recommendations from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health. Prime Minister Mark Brown said in a statement on Facebook he now “had confidence in the New Zealand systems and contact tracing regime” […]
March 12, 2021

Captain Cook Cruises : Rates & Product Updates 2021-2023

Rates and Product update 2021-2023 We are pleased to announce the extension of our fares for cruises exploring the Fiji Islands to March 2023.   We are looking forward to welcoming your clients back as soon as the borders open up. In preparation, we have been working hard to improve and maintain our […]
March 12, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line Marks 49th Birthday

Today marks Carnival Cruise Line’s 49th birthday and the start of the countdown to the company’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2022. In honor of its 49th birthday, the line asked fans to help rate the “Top 49 Moments Guests Miss About Cruising.” The results, of course, included many signature “Fun […]
March 12, 2021

Cruise Demand: Oceania Sets Single Day Booking Record

Oceania Cruises announced that the launch of its latest collection of exotic itineraries for winter 2022-2023 on March 3 resulted in a record with the most individual bookings taken in a single day in the brand’s history, according to a statement. Oceania had previewed the deployment on Feb. 24 ahead […]
March 12, 2021

Crystal Serenity to Sail in the Bahamas Starting in July

Crystal Cruises will be the first major cruise line back in service in North America as Genting’s luxury brand announced today the Crystal Serenity would start sailing in the Bahamas in July. The ship will sail week-long itineraries that call only on Bahamian destinations, round-trip from Nassau (Saturday departure) or […]
March 12, 2021

Accor and Expedia Group Join Forces to expand UNESCO sustainability pledge into 96 countries

3,358 hotels join the drive to champion sustainable practices as environmental consciousness amongst travellers increases London and Paris, 4th March 2021 – Expedia Group, the global travel platform and Accor, a world leading hospitality group, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), are joining forces […]
March 12, 2021

Gallant crack at Mt Victoria’s top

By NATHAN LATITHE recent trekking adventure to Mt Victoria, the highest peak in the fringes of Owen Stanley Range by a group comprising Kokoda Track guides and porters was an adventure of varied challenges.The group was led by council president Norris Selu, Councillor Arthur Danny of Mainumu Ward, Nick Jerry […]
March 12, 2021

WTTC to present its major woman’s initiative at its Global Summit in Cancun, Mexico

London, UK: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, is set to present its new ‘Women Empowerment Initiative’ for travel at its annual Global Summit, which is taking place in April of this year, in Cancun, Mexico The WTTC ‘Women Empowerment […]
March 12, 2021

Seeking Tourism Opportunities for Banaba

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) conducted an exploratory mission to the island of Banaba on 21 and 22 February 2021 to evaluate tourism opportunities for the island. The mission was conducted by CEO, Petero Manufolau and Senior Research and Statistics Officer, Nemani Tebana. Better known as a former phosphate […]
March 12, 2021

Samoa’s new Destination Marketing Strategy shifts focus on post-Covid-19

The new 5-year Destination Marketing Plan for the period 2020/2021 to 2024/2025 will soon be completed, following a host of forums and consultations with the Industry and key stakeholders on the way forward.  The Strategic plan sets out the marketing goals and strategies to achieve all-encompassing growth in visitor arrivals […]
March 12, 2021

Samoa’s Tourism Industry Ready For Borders Reopening As Members Receive Health, Safety And Disinfectant Training For Covid-19

More than 400 members and staff of the Tourism and Hospitality Sector have been trained with proper sanitizing measures, correctly use of disinfectant chemicals and application of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE). Given the global pandemic and its effects, the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) recognized the need for a Covid-19 […]
March 12, 2021

Tightened Travel Restrictions Underline Current Challenges For Tourism

One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures to tourists most […]
March 12, 2021

Strong public response to SIBC ‘Future of Tourism’ broadcast catalyst for repeat performance

A panel comprising senior government, tourism and aviation representatives will again take to the airwaves this coming Sunday to further discuss plans now in place to revive the nation’s struggling tourism fortunes and reset the sector in place as one of the Solomon Islands’ key economic drivers. The panel will […]