February 12, 2021

Over 700 displaced Tourism Employees benefit from Phase II Government Stimulus Package

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) continues to implement the SAT$1million Phase II of the Government Stimulus Package for Tourism and Hospitality, in conducting a capacity building and development programme through training courses. As the leading implementing agency, the Authority has been working in partnership with the National University of Samoa […]
February 12, 2021

Over 1000 stakeholders register interest in contributing to the Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework

In the past week over 1000 stakeholders have registered on the Solevaka platform, to contribute to the regional Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework, currently being developed by the appointed consultants TRC Tourism for the Pacific Tourism Organisation, in partnership with New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade (NZMFAT) and the United Nations […]
February 12, 2021

Oceania’s 180-day World Cruise Sold Out in One Day

After a year without cruises, passengers are eager to get back out on the high seas. After Oceania Cruises’s 180-day World Cruise for 2023 became available for booking on Jan. 27, the trip sold out in less than one day. “The response to our epic 2023 around the world voyage clearly illustrates […]
February 12, 2021

Repatriation Flights to Tonga Postponed to March

Flights from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia to Tonga have been postponed to next month due to managed quarantine period changes. The flights were scheduled for February the 25th, but have now been moved to March the 3rd. Matangi Tonga reports the new rule requires repatriated passengers to be in managed […]
February 12, 2021

Tourism Solomons Welcomes Australian PM’s Comments on Potential South Pac travel Bubble.

Tuamoto – “We will support everything necessary to make this a reality” Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has welcomed news the Australian government is now in “conversation” with several South Pacific nations regarding the potential creation of a regional travel bubble. His comments come in response to reports Australian […]
February 12, 2021

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of Services – Issue 10, 11 February 2021

South Sea Cruises has made the decision to further extend the temporary suspension of our services through to 31 March 2021. It has become clear that travel from the key source markets to Fiji is still unlikely to resume prior to 01 April 2021 at the earliest.  Should any announcements be made […]
February 12, 2021

COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced. “Even if you have the circulation of a variant in a country, […]
February 11, 2021

Survivor Fiji to Begin Shooting

A number of film productions have been approved by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce with the Survivor series expected to begin shoot soon. Minister, Faiyaz Koya says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, film production around the world was either postponed or cancelled. He says these film productions are expected […]
February 11, 2021

Captain Cook Cruises Celebrate International Women in Science Day

Captain Cook Cruises in Fiji employ a team of female Marine Biologists who are proud to be able to celebrate International Women in Science day on 11th February. The team have been focused on an expansion of their sustainability programs with the reef at Tivua island – The Captain Cook […]
February 10, 2021

Daku Resort Savusavu – Conference Venue Update

In an effort to better serve our guests at Daku Resort, we are happy to announce that the repair works to our Conference venue after the devastation caused by TC Yasa, is now complete and we are fully operational once again. We are excited at the opportunity to serve you […]
February 10, 2021

Tahiti President Warns About Long Covid-19 Border Closure

French Polynesia’s president Edouard Fritch says he hopes last week’s border closure ordered by Paris because of the Covid-19 pandemic won’t exceed three months. Travel to and from Tahiti has been restricted to compelling cases only, which now excludes tourism – a key pillar of French Polynesia’s economy. Fritch said […]
February 10, 2021

PM Reveals Plans for Travel Bubble with Popular Tourist Destinations

After almost a year without international travel, Australia’s Prime Minister has revealed his hopes for a travel bubble with a handful of neighbouring nations. PM Scott Morrison spoke about the issue with 2SM’s John Laws on Monday morning, saying he would “love to see a Pacific bubble”. Touching briefly on Australia’s travel […]
February 9, 2021

Visitor Arrival for 2021 Similar to 19th Century

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the largest ever economic decline last year. The decline of 19 percent in economic activity, translates to a loss of Gross Domestic Product of two billion dollars. Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while providing an Economic and Fiscal Performance update in Parliament this morning says our […]
February 9, 2021

2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN chief tells Member States

The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe.  António Guterres was speaking to Member States meeting as part of […]
February 9, 2021

Expedia Opens up Discount Rates to COVID-hit Travel Agency Partners

Expedia Group says it is recognizing the impact of the pandemic on the travel agency community and is opening up package travel rates to all its customers. The company’s affiliate program, which has around 10,000 agency partners, will be “opened up” so that exclusive rates for hotel and air ticket packages […]
February 9, 2021

WTTC calls for focus on individual travellers to boost safety

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. The body is urging governments around the world to shift their focus from whole countries, towards individual travellers. Instead, WTTC […]
February 9, 2021

UNWTO Prepares for Morocco General Assembly

Officials from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Morocco met to prepare for the general assembly event set to take place in October. The meeting will be the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the beginning of the pandemic. Led by the secretary general, […]
February 9, 2021

Journey Continues Towards a More Sustainable and Resilient Tourism Industry

In 2019, the Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the first sector policy for tourism in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy. To gain support in the implementation of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) the DoT held the first ever Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference in November 2019. A key […]
February 9, 2021

Santo Travel Centre Revitalised

A new look for the Santo Travel Centre, located at the ACOM Building in Luganville, has been revealed on Wednesday by the Special Advisor to the Tourism Minister, Mr Thompson Pakoa. The fresh and vibrant new centre features maps of each province and highlight experiences you can have across Vanuatu. “The […]
February 9, 2021

VTO Free Fun Bus Continues into 2021

The Vanuatu Tourism Office’s popular Free Fun Bus service which was on hot demand over Christmas and New Year’s, will continue throughout 2021 as part of VTO’s ‘Sapotem Lokol Tourism’ campaign to encourage people to get out to rural areas and support tourism businesses. CEO Mrs Adela Issachar Aru states, “Having […]