May 17, 2019

UN chief lauds Fijians as ‘natural global leaders’ on climate, environment, hails ‘symbiotic relationship’ with land and sea

Fiji’s strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and its “symbiotic relationship” with its surroundings, has made its people “natural global leaders on climate and the environment”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the nation’s Parliament on Thursday. “Fiji has taken on the sceptics and the deniers” in a loud […]
May 17, 2019

Guterres calls climate change ‘the battle of my life’

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised Fiji as a strong committed partner in peacekeeping and for taking a leading role in the battle against climate change. Mr Guterres was speaking after formal talks with the Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama this morning. Mr Guterres said it needs to […]
May 17, 2019

2019 South Pacific Tourism Exchange hailed a success

The South Pacific Tourism Exchange held on May 9-10 in Auckland, New Zealand, was one of the best that the South Pacific Tourism Organisation has convened in recent years according to Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker. “The SPTE attracted 62 buyers or travel agents from 14 countries around the world […]
May 17, 2019

Solomon Islands to host 2019 SPUMS Annual Scientific Meeting & Conference

In what represents a significant opportunity for the Solomon Islands dive industry and tourism in general, the destination  will next week welcome more than 100 members of the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) for the organisation’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference. SPUMS is acknowledged around the world as the […]
May 14, 2019

Bougainville expects resurgence in tourism

Bougainville has risen from the crisis and embraced tourism development everywhere in the region. There are locally designed and built resorts, lodges and guesthouses that can cater for any tourist types. These facilities can also cater to the meetings, incentive, conference and events (Mice) segment of the tourism market. There […]
May 14, 2019

UN head to mobilise world around Pacific climate needs

The UN Secretary General says he intends to mobilise the international community around the Pacific’s need for action on climate change. Antonio Guterres attended a community roundtable event in Auckland today, as he kicked off his Pacific tour. He departs for Fiji on Tuesday before heading to Tuvalu and Vanuatu […]
May 14, 2019

Miss Pacific Islands takes climate message to tourism event

Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha has added her voice to the global climate change campaign – last week addressing participants from around the world at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange event in Auckland. Ms Kariha, of Papua New Guinea, said more needs to be done – from banning plastics to […]
May 8, 2019

Fiji to promote its culture

Fiji stands a good chance of attracting more tourists from the other markets apart from Australia and New Zealand. Faced with competitive markets from Bali, Maldives, and other smaller countries, Fiji is hopeful that with more attractive marketing, more tourists will opt to visit the country. The South Pacific Tourism […]
May 2, 2019

Nanuku Auberge Resort Wins The ‘2019 Best Sustainable Travel or Tourism Initiative’ Award

Nanuku’s Planet Auberge program recognised for its social and sustainable commitment at the 2019 Travel Daily Sustainability Summit. The inaugural Sustainability Summit saw the tourism industry gather to share best practices in travel to preserve the planet for future generations. Hosted by Travel Daily key note speakers, panellists and general […]
May 1, 2019

Cook Islands marine conservationist wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Jacqui Evans won the Goldman Environmental Prize after leading a five-year campaign to better protect Cook Islands waters. Her work led to the Marae Moana Act which established marine protected areas and banned large-scale commercial fishing and seabed mining within 50 nautical miles of the 15 Cook Islands. Jacqui Evans said she […]
April 25, 2019

Samoa 2019 announces move to go single-use plastic free for Pacific Games

Falefata Hele Ei Matatia, the chief executive of Samoa 2019, made the announcement at a press conference that included the launch of the “Greening of the Games” slogan and campaign that begins this week. “The decision to go plastic-free during the Games is a bold one and is aligned to […]
April 11, 2019

AgriTourism Experiences Survey

Experiential & agricultural tourism is growing globally, travelers looking to connect with their holiday destination in more culturally immersive ways. We’re scoping the landscape for existing & potential agricultural experiences as tourism products across Fiji, Vanuatu & Tonga. Findings will inform future targeted research to support the development of this […]
April 11, 2019

Mana Tiaki Eco Certification Launched

To coincide with the Mana Tiaki week, Cook Islands Tourism helped launch the new Mana Tiaki Eco Certification.  This was held at the Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre in Arorangi on Wednesday the 3rd of April. The Mana Tiaki Eco Certification often referred to as eco accreditation or green […]
April 9, 2019

Pacific central banks cooperate on climate change

New Zealand’s Reserve Bank is joining central banks of South Pacific islands to mitigate the impact of climate change on financial systems. The effort will involve the Network for Greening the Financial System, an international group of central banks co-ordinating work on climate change and fostering investment in green technology. […]
April 4, 2019

Researcher calls for Pacific awareness on coral reefs

Rosemary Steinberg, of the University of New South Wales, said the islanders need to work closely with local corporations and businesses to help make their reefs more resilient. She added they could then petition their governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “I think that all of this is completely reversible […]
April 4, 2019

Fautasi Symposium this month

An inaugural Fautasi Symposium and exhibit will be hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and American Samoa Historic Preservation Office this year. The Fautasi Symposium will be held at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center on April 10-12, 2019, which includes an opening ceremony, lectures and discussion […]
March 29, 2019

Sustainable Tourism Course for Small Island Policy-Makers

Are you a policy-maker or destination manager in a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) interested in learning more about sustainable tourism management? Then be sure to join us for the upcoming online learning course “Sustainable Tourism for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – Policy-Maker edition” which will take place from April 25th to […]
March 22, 2019

Carnival Corporation Awarded Title of Greenest Shipowner of the Year

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced it has been honored by maritime industry peers with the Greenest Shipowner of the Year Neptune Award, which recognizes a company that has shown excellence in reducing environmental impact in the operation of its fleet in the […]
March 20, 2019

Agritourism Talanoa Experience Brings Chefs, Farmers and Businesses Together

The ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific’ Project Assistant Sema Bainivalu was a recent participant of an AgriTourism Talanoa Experience event  organised by the Pacific Agribusiness Research in Development Initiative (PARDI2), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Pacific Islands Farmers Organization (PIFON). The event was held at the Tokatoka Resort on 27 […]
March 19, 2019

China to host World Environment Day 2019 on air pollution

Today (15th March), the head of Chinese delegation, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, and Joyce Msuya, Acting Head of UN Environment, jointly announced that China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution. Approximately 7 million people worldwide […]