April 1, 2021

NZ Government to accept liability for vaccines in Pacific

ew Zealand is expected to take on legal and financial liability for the potentially fraught roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in Cook Islands and any other Pacific nations it assists. Many governments have agreed to accept liability for any problems or adverse reactions in vaccinating their own populations – but the […]
April 1, 2021

New Zealand Readies Tourism Industry for Sustainable Return

For the global tourism industry, COVID-19 might have a small silver lining. Prior to the pandemic, the zeitgeist surrounding overtourism was growing exponentially in both volume and number as reports came in from popular destinations virtually overrun by Instagram-driven hordes. Residents in popular tourist areas struggled to view the visitor industry as a […]
March 31, 2021

Launch of New Caledonia Tourism (NCT)’s Caledonian Dream Season 2

31 March 2021: Today marks the launch of New Caledonia Tourism (NCT)’s Caledonian Dream Season 2. Designed to inspire and help Australians plan their first overseas trip, once International restrictions are lifted, the Caledonian Dream series follows on from a successful season 1, released in 2018. “We’ve all been stuck […]
March 31, 2021

UNWTO Welcomes EU Support and Urgers Europe to Lead The Way in Tourism’s Restart

Only with strong and coordinated political action can Europe reopen to tourism in time for the peak summer season. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again stressed the importance of collaboration as it welcomed European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to Madrid for a high-level meeting focused on the joined-up response […]
March 31, 2021

Tourism Fiji Hosts Successful Regional Roadshow

Close to 250 tourism operators and industry partners attended the first week of Tourism Fiji’s Regional Roadshow which was held from 19 – 30 March in Suva, Pacific Harbour, and Nadi. Tourism Fiji also headed North to run similar events in Savusavu and Taveuni this week. The roadshows provided updates […]
March 31, 2021

Blue Lagoon Cruises Fiji Extends Suspension of all Operations to 31 May 2021 – Issue 12

Blue Lagoon Cruises Extends the Suspension of our Operations to  31 May 2021  – Issue 12 – This issue supersedes all previous issues for Blue Lagoon Cruises Blue Lagoon Cruises has extended our temporary suspension of operations through to 31 May 2021. The majority of bookings have already chosen to defer travel to future dates post-May 2021 as […]
March 31, 2021

321 Fijians Graduate from APTC in Virtual Ceremony

321 Fijians have joined the Australia Pacific Training Coalition’s (APTC) alumni network after gaining Australian qualifications in a virtual graduation on 19 March 2021. As Australia’s flagship TVET investment in the Pacific, APTC has trained over 16,000 Pacific women and men, including more than 5,000 Fijians, since its commencement in […]
March 30, 2021

‘Kiribati Institute of Technology delivers on skills for the future’

Kiribati Institute of Technology is a Kiribati Government-owned Technical and Vocational Education and Training institute. It has over 50 years of experience and is the leading skills training provider in Kiribati, delivering quality-assured, accredited certificate qualifications in trades and technology, health and community services, hospitality and tourism and business and […]
March 26, 2021

New Zealand plans Cook Islands vaccination campaign, two-way travel bubble to expected in May

New Zealand expects to open a two-way travel bubble with the Cook Islands in May and is planning a vaccination campaign there. The leaders of both nations met in Auckland today, with New Zealand confirming $20 million in additional support for the islands this financial year. Cook Islands Prime Minister […]
March 26, 2021

BREAKING: Travel bubble with NZ pushed to May

Officials are now looking at a travel bubble to be established in May that would allow visitors from NZ to visit the Cook Islands without the need to quarantine.The Cook Islands and New Zealand are now working towards a two-way travel bubble to be established in May. The announcement was […]
March 26, 2021

UNWTO Recognizes Sha Wellness Spa for Commitment to Health Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recognized the Bataller family, founders of the of the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, for their strong and ongoing commitment to health and medical tourism. Demand for health and wellbeing-centred experiences is expected to be strong, once tourism is able to resume after […]
March 26, 2021

5 ways to travel sustainably in Samoa

Home to dramatic waterfalls, lush tropical forests, crystal-clear freshwater pools, ancient volcanoes and pristine beaches, the island paradise of Samoa abounds with breathtaking natural beauty just waiting to be explored. Coupled with its traditional 3,000-year-old culture, incredibly friendly locals and laid-back island vibes, Samoa is guaranteed to enchant and surprise. […]
March 26, 2021

Second Round of the Care Fiji Commitment Roadshow.

The second round of the Care Fiji Commitment roadshow commenced at the Holiday Inn, Suva. Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport took this opportunity to partner with Tourism Fiji to create awareness on the FIJIAN HOSTS Customer Service programme and gather feedback on how to align it to the […]
March 26, 2021

Governments Join Sector Leaders in Backing Principles for International Code to Protect Tourists

More than 100 countries, alongside international organizations and leading business groups have agreed to adopt harmonized standards for assisting tourists caught up in emergency situations. The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists has agreed on the text of the first two Chapters of the Code, […]
March 26, 2021

Allianz Partners Becomes One of the First Insurance Companies to Join UNWTO Affiliate Members Network

The World Tourism Organization has welcomed Allianz Partners into its global network of Affiliate Members. With a presence in 75 countries, the company will help advance UNWTO’s mission to promote safe, responsible and accessible tourism, with a special focus on travel and mobility protection solutions. The UNWTO Affiliate Members network […]
March 26, 2021

Warwick Group Talks To Open New Hotels

Warwick Hotels will build two new hotels, Senior Vice President Warwick Hotels and Resorts International and Executive Director – Pacific, Tammie Tam, has confirmed. “We have the land available and ready, but we are yet to iron out the finer details,” she said. She said would not comment on whether […]
March 26, 2021

Royal Caribbean CEO Fain: Cruising Has Restarted

The CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain, has highlighted the changing times since the CDC’s conditional sail order in October and hopes for a more topical approach to the resumption of cruising. “The CDC issued the conditional sale order last October in an effort to provide a path for […]
March 26, 2021

Silversea’s 2023 World Cruise Is Sold Out

Silversea Cruises has shattered its bookings record with its new 2023 world cruise, entitled ‘South Side Story – All the World’s a Stage,’ according to a press release. Following the most successful pre-sale in the cruise line’s history, the 139-day voyage fully sold out on the day of its general […]
March 26, 2021

Fiji explores quarantine free regional travel

Fiji is meeting with regional countries to explore potential quarantine-free travel. Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya said hey have had some discussion with New Caledonia and Tuvalu on this possibility. “We have had an introductory meeting with New Caledonia and Tuvalu’s health officials to try and explore some quarantine-free travel and of […]
March 26, 2021

Cook Islands Government briefs tourism industry on Covid-19

Tourism industry stakeholders were given a rundown of government’s preparedness for two-way, quarantine-free travel with New Zealand yesterday, however officials didn’t provide the most coveted piece of information – a date for when they can expect to welcome visitors. With Government conceding it will be looking to secure a new […]