December 4, 2020

World Travel & Tourism Council Calls for 72-Hour Quarantine-Free Journeys

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has said that international business travel could restart if agreements are secured to safeguard journeys of up to 72-hours free from quarantines. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EASA/ECDC) have joined forces to call […]
December 4, 2020

First Batch Of Vaccines Arrives In The United Kingdom

The first consignment of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has arrived in the UK. It has been taken to a central hub at an undisclosed location, and will now be distributed to hospital vaccination centres around the UK. The UK has ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million […]
December 4, 2020

New at ZQN hotel

Carl Amos is now general manager, Mipad Hotel Queenstown.He joins the hotel from Hospitality New Zealand where he was marketing,communications and events manager. Prior to this, Amos was based in Wellington at Tourism IndustryAotearoa leading the partnerships area, the commercial componentfor the delivery of TIA’s annual key tourism events. Before […]
December 4, 2020

Climate Risk Insurance Initiative For The Pacific Officially Launched

In a landmark event held today, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Jonathan Curr launched the Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era: Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme. It is a first of its kind initiative for the region where market-based climate risk insurance solutions will […]
December 4, 2020

Maintaining Her Father’s Legacy Through Seaweed Farming

Teue Sito started seaweed farming in 2004 when she was only 7 years old. Her father taught her the basics and over time seaweed farming has become her main source of income. Teue comes from Wagina, where most of her family engages in seaweed farming. Now 23 years of age […]
December 4, 2020

Pasifika Families Miss Out Celebrating Christmas Together

Border restrictions in the Pacific due to Covid-19 are keeping Pasifika families apart over Christmas. For many families, it’s an annual tradition to travel to the islands to see their families and re-connect with their culture, and for others it is a long awaited holiday away from New Zealand. Kaumosi […]
December 4, 2020

Cook Island Travel Bubble Delay ‘Extremely Frustrating’ For Operators

Some Cook Islands business operators are feeling deflated after months of promised updates and ongoing delays to a travel bubble with New Zealand. The last vet is due to leave the islands soon, while restaurants and hotels there have spent weeks setting up social distancing and contact tracing arrangements. Covid-19 […]
December 4, 2020

No Hope Of Pacific Travel Bubble Before Christmas – NZ Covid-19 Response Minister

A travel bubble with the Cook Islands will not be in place before Christmas. New Zealand officials travelled to the Cook Islands last month to investigate a possible travel bubble. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said preliminary advice suggested they were confident with the border restrictions in place. However, he […]
December 4, 2020

Accessible Tourism Identified As ‘Game Changer’ For Destinations

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. A new set of  Inclusive Recovery Guides from the World Tourism Organization, produced in partnership with the European Network for Accessible […]
December 3, 2020

Covid-19 Impacts on Pacific Business Improving Slightly – Report

Australia’s Pacific Trade Invest Commission says the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a negative impact on businesses in the region as borders remain closed. In its Pacific Business Monitor, the commission said the top three challenges for the Pacific as a result of Covid-19, remained poor cashflow, impact of […]
December 3, 2020

New Zealand Defence Force Delivers Water Tanks, Renewable Energy Equipment to Tokelau

Tokelauans are to have more drinking water on tap following a major logistical operation by the New Zealand Defence Force. The NZDF operation also delivered equipment to assist Tokelau’s plans for greater use of renewable energy. Over the past few weeks the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury has […]
December 3, 2020

American Samoa Health Department Disappointed Governor Rejected US Mission Stopover Due to Covid-19 Concerns

The American Samoa Department of Health apparently set up a plan to accommodate the US government mission to Antarctica which was later denied access by the local governor. Three planes carrying 31 people were due to arrive in American Samoa last weekend and it was planned that he travellers would […]
December 3, 2020

Miss Solomon Islands and Climate Action

Throughout this year and despite the challenges brought forward by the Covid 19 global pandemic, Miss Solomon Islands Gladys Habu has continued to perform her role in various ways. Apart from her daily job as a pharmacist at the National Referral Hospital as well as her work as being Miss Solomon Islands […]
December 3, 2020

Government Seals Decision on Facebook

The government is adamant that Facebook will be temporarily suspended in Solomon Islands. Communication and Civil Aviation Minister, Peter Shanel Agovaka in a press conference confirmed the government’s decision to suspend Facebook. “The government has now decided to temporarily suspend access to Facebook in the country while policy and lawmakers […]
December 2, 2020

Air Vanuatu has Appointed New Zealand-Tongan resident ‘Atu Finau as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“In appointing you to this position the board has confidence in your professionalism and ability that you will successfully perform the role and responsibilities to the best of your knowledge and to working together carry out the vision of the current board as mandated by the Shareholders in the best […]
December 2, 2020

Tower Announces Major Investment into Pacific Insurance Digitisation

New Zealand and Pacific Insurer Tower Limited (NZX/ASX: TWR) announced it will be rolling out new digital technology to make life easier for its Pacific customers following this week’s profit announcement. In a release to markets, Tower (which also trades as National Pacific Insurance in Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa) […]
December 2, 2020

Congratulations Lisa Richards from Kotuku Adventures

Lisa is a travel agent from Kotuku Adventures C/o Mana Toa Travel and also a Cruise Liner Specialist with Princess Cruises, based in Northland New Zealand.  She has completed her South Pacific Specialist online training successfully.  Her agent specializes in packages that are sold nationally and Internationally including holidays in […]
December 2, 2020

CLIA Outlines New Health Measures for Pathway to Cruise Resumption

With the help of international medical experts, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has developed a range of new health measures in advance of a carefully controlled resumption of local cruise ship operations in Australia. Key to the cruise industry’s plan for resumption of cruising in Australia is a layered prevention, […]
December 2, 2020

Oceania Launches 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway for Agents

Oceania Cruises is rewarding its loyal travel partners in Australia and New Zealand with the launch of its 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, running for 12 business days between 1 December and 16 December 2020. “This year, we want to thank our valued trade partners for their ongoing support and […]
December 2, 2020

From Wanderlust To Wanderlost – Klook Survey Reveals The Impact Of Travel Withdrawal In Asia Pacific

Missing travel? It’s probably Wanderlost. Klook, a world-leading travel and leisure platform coins the wanderlust withdrawal symptoms individuals experience, ‘The Wanderlost Syndrome’. To unpack how the lack of travel has impacted individuals, Klook commissioned a study with a global market research company, YouGov across 15,323 individuals in 13 markets[1] in the Asia […]