April 23, 2021

Variety Cruises to Resume Sailings in May

Variety Cruises has announced it will restart operations in May with its signature eight-day itinerary “Jewels of the Cyclades” aboard the Galileo. The cruise starts in Athens and then sails to Polyaigos, Folegandros, Syros, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and other stops, according to a press release from the Greek family-owned brand.  […]
April 23, 2021

Tourism in Papua New Guinea: waiting for the tide to turn

PNG’s visitor numbers were trending up in the years before COVID-19 struck in early 2020. The nation was on a roll with its natural assets and adventure options of surfing, diving, birdwatching and trekking, particularly along the Kokoda Trail. It had also seen the opening of new properties in recent years, including […]
April 23, 2021

Tahiti Details Updated Entry Requirements for Travelers

The Islands of Tahiti will reopen to international visitors for tourism purposes on May 1, and today the territory released details on the entry and testing requirements for visitors from the United States and other countries. From April 24, travelers bound for French Polynesia will be able to register the details of […]
April 23, 2021

Air Chathams to resume Auckland to Norfolk Island

Air Chathams will resume weekly return flights from Auckland on Thursdays commencing 27 May 2021. Flight time will be around two hours 45 minutes departing Auckland 10.30am and arriving back around 4.45pm same day aboard one of Air Chathams’ fleet of Saab 340 turbo-prop aircraft which will offer cabin for […]
April 23, 2021

Turama releases new experiences in Cooks

Turama Pacific Travel Group, which operates (among other things) the Island Hopper Vacations brand, has a number of new Cook Islands tours and packages available for the trade and their clients. Managing director, Robert Skews, says the last few months have given the company an opportunity to develop programmes around […]
April 23, 2021

Nauru Benefits from SPTO Plastics Re-purposing Workshop

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has concluded a 3-day plastics repurposing workshop in Nauru, benefitting over 20 participants from wide ranging backgrounds. Delivered under the Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative (PTWAI), with funding from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the workshop is a joint partnership between SPTO and Nauru […]
April 23, 2021

TAK visits Australia High Commissioner

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) carried out its first official visit to the new Australia High Commissioner to Kiribati, His Excellency Mr. David Yardley on Tuesday, 20 April 2021. Led by TAK CEO, Petero Manufolau, TAK took the opportunity to brief High Commissioner Yardley on the organization and its […]
April 23, 2021

Fiji Airways receives the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating

20 April 2021 – Fiji Airways has been Certified with the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, becoming one of just six airlines worldwide to currently achieve this top recognition. The SKYTRAX COVID-19 Airline Safety Accreditation is regarded as a global benchmark for evaluating COVID-19 safe travel. The COVID-19 […]
April 16, 2021

Trade expo aims to develop French-Fijian relations

A virtual trade exposition launched by New Caledonia and Fiji last week is targeting buyers and sellers in both countries. The E-Trade Exposition developed by Investment Fiji and New Caledonia Trade and Invest (NCTI), and supported by the Fijian, French and New Caledonian governments is expected to improve develop bilateral […]
April 16, 2021

Air New Zealand holds ‘weigh week’ to determine average weight of plane passengers

Some Air New Zealand passengers might find themselves stepping onto the scales this week as the airline undertakes a survey to figure out the average weight of its customers. Seven Sharp presenter Hilary Barry was among those caught up in the airline’s weigh-in, and tweeted about her experience at Auckland Airport’s […]
April 16, 2021

Last two days as end of vaccine nears

The Health Ministry says they are wrapping up with the COVID-19 vaccination by tomorrow until the next batch arrives. There have been some centers around the country that have already run out of the jabs as people have been rushing to get injected. Health Ministry Permanent Secretary,  Doctor James Fong, says […]
April 16, 2021

Introducing Beyond Green: A Purpose-Driven Hospitality Brand Dedicated To Helping Global Citizens Make Travel A Force For Good

Committed to building a brighter future for the planet, Beyond Green officially launches today as a curated guide for travellers seeking a more purposeful way to explore the world, featuring a global portfolio of 27 properties that exemplify sustainability in action. Debuting at the onset of a new era of travel, this […]
April 16, 2021

Pfizer/Biontech vaccine to be used in Niue

The Niue government has announced the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be used to innoculate the population against Covid-19. In a statement, the government says Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved by Medsafe in New Zealand. The government plans to vaccinate everyone over the age of 16. New Zealand government gave […]
April 16, 2021

Emergency relief dispatched to Timor-Leste

Australia is working in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste to support its response to the devastating Easter floods and COVID-19 recovery. An Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT), comprising a senior epidemiologist and health support officer, arrived in Dili today on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 flight. The AUSMAT […]
April 16, 2021

Qantas boss Alan Joyce hints at four more destinations for potential travel bubbles

Australians will be able to head overseas for the first time in more than a year within days. The long-awaited New Zealand travel bubble will open for reciprocal quarantine-free travel on Monday. But impatient Australians are already setting their sights further and wondering where they could be headed to next. […]
April 16, 2021

Travel experts give definitive list of the first places Aussies can go overseas when travel bubbles are set up

Australians could be packing their bags for their next overseas adventure sooner than they think, according to travel experts. More holiday destinations have been earmarked for potential travel bubbles as Australians get ready to dust off their passports for the first time in more than a year following the coronavirus […]
April 16, 2021

Travel Experts List Places Aussies Overseas Travel Bubbles

Australians could be packing their bags for their next overseas adventure sooner than they think, according to travel experts. More holiday destinations have been earmarked for potential travel bubbles as Australians get ready to dust off their passports for the first time in more than a year following the coronavirus […]
April 16, 2021

Cook Islands PM: ‘Up to Kiwis’ if they choose to visit from May 1

The Cook Islands will be ready to accept Kiwi tourists from May 1, with or without New Zealand’s blessing or official two-way quarantine-free travel, the country’s prime minister says. In a recent interview during his tour to New Zealand in March, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said his message is clear […]
April 16, 2021

Pacific Tourism Organisation Conducts Tourism Stakeholder Visit

SPTO Chief Executive, Christopher Cocker, conducted a series of tourism stakeholder meetings in Nadi from 7th – 9th April, with a wide range of partners including Radisson Fiji, Tourism Fiji, Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), Society of Fiji Travel Associates (SOFTA) , Fiji Airways, Rosie Holidays, Pacific Destination, ANZ […]
April 16, 2021

Responsible travel is a priority with most, a Virtuoso poll finds

Responsible tourism is very much on the minds of Virtuoso customers, according to new survey data from the consortium. The vast majority of those surveyed, 82%, said the pandemic has spurred them toward more responsible travel. And 70% said traveling sustainably enhances their vacation experience (only 7% disagreed with that […]