December 10, 2020

COVID-19, Slow Progress, Ongoing Vulnerability for Pacific Sustainable Development, says new report

An updated regional report on sustainable development across the region is aimed at ensuring Pacific People’s well-being through the Blue Pacific identity, the proposed 2050 Strategy and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.  But she says slow progress and ongoing […]
December 10, 2020

Proud Moment for Top Samoan Woman

A Samoan has become the University of Otago’s first female doctor promoted to Professor. Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, the daughter of Reverend Nomeneta and Lili Sopoaga, from Fagaloa, is also the first female Pacific medical doctor to become a Professor in Australia. She joins 25 other academics promoted this week, […]
December 10, 2020

BookingSamoa wins Seedstars, Eyes Regional Prize

A business start-up that set up an online travel service targeting local small to medium-sized enterprises is the winner of the Seedstars competition in Samoa and will now move to compete at the regional level. BookingSamoa – a business start-up created by residents, Geoff Cullen and Kevin Hartin – will […]
December 10, 2020

Happy Tokelauans Will be Home for Christmas

It will be the longest 24 hours at sea for 33 Tokelauans who are finally heading home after spending almost a month in a quarantine hotel in Samoa But the trip is expected to be one of the happiest for the islanders who set sail from Samoa on Wednesday relieved […]
December 10, 2020

 Shangri-La Fiji – Festive Season Special Packages

If you are still looking for a place to celebrate Christmas and New Year 2020, the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa prepared a very special accommodation package that included special evenings to celebrate the festive season and New Years The detail is included on the two flyers below. Celebrates Festive […]
December 10, 2020

Fijians Encouraged to Complete Local Tourism Survey

A local tourism survey will be conducted over the next two weeks through Vodafone and Digicel as well as through social media and other electronic platforms. Data gathered from the survey will be analysed and made available to local tourism operators to better package and price their products for the […]
December 9, 2020

Coconut Tea Waiting For Export

Owner of ‘Especially Local’ Sera Tari is eager to enter the export business with her new product called ‘Coconut Tea’. The home-grown organic island brew was developed by the local entrepreneur in 2018 and now she is ready to test the international export waters. “I tried it out in 2018 […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Latest To Offer Free Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific is seeking to help customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong to provide free Covid-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly. Customers who travel with Cathay Pacific before February 28th will be covered for medical expenses related to a Covid-19 diagnosis incurred […]
December 9, 2020

Facebook Study Reveals Impact of COVID-19 On Tourism Industry

Facebook today released its ‘State of Small Business Report’, based on the ‘Future of Business Survey’—an ongoing collaborative effort conducted alongside the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Over the past six months, over 150,000 small businesses around the globe have been surveyed as part […]
December 9, 2020

Trudeau: COVID-19 Vaccinations Will Start Next Week, If Health Canada Approves

Pending Health Canada approval, “Canadians will be getting vaccinated starting next week,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference on Monday (Dec. 7). Trudeau said that Canada has secured an agreement to receive its first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this month, a delivery that amounts to up to 249,000 doses. “We’re facing the […]
December 9, 2020

Westpac Withdraws from the Pacific

PNG-based Kina Securities Ltd, which owns Kina Bank, has entered into sale and purchase agreements with Westpac. Kina Securities has announced it is to acquire 89.91 percent of Westpac’s banking operations in PNG and 100 percent of its Fiji operations. The overall purchase price is $US311 million, or over a […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Provides Free COVID-19 Insurance Cover for All Passengers

Collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited, Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 cover to all passengers who fly with Cathay Pacific, effective immediately through to 28 February 2021. The insurance cover is automatically applied when customers book their flight, and offers cover for medical expenses related to a COVID-19 […]
December 9, 2020

NCL to Launch Rewards Program for Travel Agents

In recognition of the very valuable travel agents in Australia and New Zealand, and their ongoing support and bookings, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that it will launch a new rewards program, ‘Partners First Rewards’, to reward agents, in 2021. The new rewards program will cover three key areas:· […]
December 9, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine: First Person Receives Pfizer Jab In UK

A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said the injection she received at 06:31 GMT was the “best early birthday present”. It was the first […]
December 9, 2020

Win Prizes Before Xmas with Exciting New PNG Training Website Modules

Built on input from agents, on what training and information was needed to support them to sell Papua New Guinea, the new destination training website, launched by Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) this month, aims to immerse agents in the unique stories of this exciting destination. We are really hopeful […]
December 9, 2020

EU Reaches Accord with African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

Negotiators clinched a political deal last Thursday on a new, 20-year treaty that will broadly define relations between the EU’s 27 member countries and 79 nations that belong to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) The new treaty will replace the Cotonou Agreement, which was enacted in 2000 […]
December 9, 2020

Whyte Remains Optimistic

The Sigatoka River Safari has this year incurred a substantial loss because of COVID-19. However, managing director Jay Whyte is adamant that business would soon pick up for them. He said as a result of the pandemic the business had only been able to employ a few of its staff. […]
December 8, 2020

70% Of Destinations Have Lifted Travel Restrictions, But Global Gap Emerging

The number of destinations closed to international tourism has continued to fall. According to the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 70% of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparison, just one in four destinations continue to keep their […]
December 8, 2020

Fiji Welcomes Private Island Vacation

As part of Phase 2 of the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework (Framework), on behalf of the Fijian Government, the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) is pleased to announce the “Luxury Vacation in Paradise” initiative in partnership with Fiji Airways and the Fijian tourism industry. Globally, services-driven countries are […]
December 7, 2020

Tourism professor Angela Fa‘anunu sees the economic slowdown as a chance to develop agritourism

Assistant Prof. Fa‘anunu challenges her students to reimagine the conventional mass tourism industry in favor of alternative, more regenerative models centered around agritourism and indigenous tourism. Angela Fa‘anunu, assistant professor of tourism at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, is no stranger to teaching innovative strategies to her classes on sustainable […]