March 5, 2021

GSTC Program Completions Continue

Sieni Tiraa, Destination Development Coordinator for the Cook Islands Tourism Marketing Corporation, has completed the Sustainable Tourism Training Program conducted by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Sieni’s participation was enabled through support from SPTO, who also supported other Pacific Islands representatives from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu the Republic of […]
March 5, 2021

Selectum Blu Cruises Eyes May Start with Former Saga Ship

There’s a new player on the cruise field, and its name is Selectum Blu Cruises. Snapping up the ex-Saga Sapphire from Saga Cruises, Selectum Blu Cruises will be focusing its passenger sourcing on Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the rest of Eastern Europe. “It’s a huge market, more than 300 million […]
March 5, 2021

Odyssey of the Seas to Sail from Israel in Summer 2021

The brand new Odyssey of the Seas will be sailing from Haifa, Israel in summer 2021, Royal Caribbean International has announced in a press release. According to the press release, Royal Caribbean will offer Israelis a combination of three- to seven-night escapes visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus. The new […]
March 5, 2021

Port Canaveral Becomes North America’s First LNG Cruise Port

Port Canaveral marked a milestone in the safe, reliable transportation and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America as the Q-LNG 4000, a ship-to-ship articulated tug and bunker barge (ATB) arrived at America’s first LNG cruise port, according to a press release. Nicknamed the “Q4K”, the purpose-built ATB […]
March 5, 2021

Carnival Launches Virtual Event Series ‘From the Funnel’

Carnival Cruise Line is launching “From the Funnel,” a series of webcasts hosted by the line’s business development directors from across North America. The new series is aimed to help the line’s travel partners. The “From the Funnel” event schedule will be posted on GoCCL.com with a variety of sessions […]
March 5, 2021

SPTO Acknowledges Inspiring Female Leadership

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, SPTO would like to acknowledge the women occupying important leadership roles of the organisation.SPTO comprises of 21 government members, all of whom have a seat on the Board of Directors. In 2021 the organisation is proud to acknowledge that six seats […]
March 5, 2021

COVID-19 and Impacted Air Service

.Last week down-under, SYD airport released their FY20 results followed the next day by both NZ & QF releasing their 1H FY21 results. A review of the airlines commentary pertaining to Air Service Development (“ASD”) is noted below. As expected, the financial results reflect similar circumstances globally, and much was […]
March 4, 2021

Update from the Division

Mauri from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division (STRD)! In this issue, we are pleased to present the newly formatted Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat, which our division produces on a monthly basis. The newsletter will now feature one SPTO member country per issue, with the aim of highlighting key initiatives being […]
March 4, 2021

New agreement set to strengthen conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Pacific

Conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Pacific were strengthened this week thanks to a new agreement between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Pacific Community (SPC). The agreement will see both organisations working to identify common work areas with greatest potential impact for the Pacific […]
March 4, 2021

An update from Research and Statistics: Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy (PTSS)

With a focus on the development and strengthening of the tourism information statistical base in the region, the development of the PTSS is underway with the recruitment of the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group) to lead this work. With extensive experience in the fields of Statistical Development […]
March 4, 2021

TAK CEO Completes Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Through the SPTO, TAK CEO, Petero Manufolau, has completed the Sustainable Tourism Training Program conducted by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The training will assist TAK as they prepare for the development of the Kiribati Sustainable Tourism Policy, will provide the parameter on which the Kiribati National Tourism Development […]
March 4, 2021

Kiribati – Towards 2030

Pillar 1 of the Government of Kiribati (GoK) 20-year vision (KV20) recognises that sustainable tourism will contribute to economic development through employment and job creation, income generation, as well as supporting the retention of cultural traditions, management of national environmental assets and wider contributions towards social–economic benefits. GoK also recognises […]
March 4, 2021

Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative Implemented in Kiribati

Introduced in Kiribati in December 2020, the PTWAI workshop was delivered virtually to 30 participants via a series of pre-recorded instructional videos and live interactive sessions. Guided by SPTO Creative Consultant, Warwick Marlow, the participants learnt how to make jewellery and other items from PET plastic bottles collected from surrounding […]
March 3, 2021

Business Performance Improvement

Business Performance Improvement’s mission is focused on helping businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using the popular Lean and Six Sigma improvement methods. We offer free training on how to reduce time and effort at home and at work, and reduce the environmental impacts of your activities to […]
March 3, 2021

Pacific Storytelling

Pacific Storytelling is a tourism sales and marketing representation agency based in Los Angles, representing the tourism interests of the South Pacific to the North American Travel Market. Our mission is to enable the sharing of stories from an indigenous viewpoint and to help grow the cultural capability of the […]
February 26, 2021

Australia’s Qantas says it will resume international flights in October of 2021

Australian airline Qantas said it plans to resume international flights by the end of October, 2021.The company released its half-year financial results on Wednesday and included the confirmation that it has a plan to restore international flights by the fall. That applies to both Qantas itself and to Jetstar, the […]
February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Continue to Fuel Travelers’ Optimism

The latest Longwoods International tracking study of Americans’ collective sentiment towards travel has shown that roughly 80 percent of travelers have established travel plans during the next sixth months. That figure has remained steady since the study’s last wave, published two weeks prior, and represents an all-time high in pandemic-era travel planning—even […]
February 26, 2021

Harnessing The Power Of Culture And Creativity In Tourism Recovery

The shared values and close ties between tourism and culture stakeholders means both sectors can work together to ensure inclusive access to heritage, as countries around the world recover from the pandemic. In recognition of this mutually reinforcing relationship, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UNESCO have collaborated to produce […]
February 26, 2021

Tripadvisor launches live sentiment dashboard to support global tourism recovery

Tripadvisor has announced the arrival of a live data intelligence dashboard available to destination marketing organisations (DMOs), powered by Tourism Sentiment Index. This offering is part of Tripadvisor’s wider suite of data intelligence products for DMOs, known as the Tripadvisor Insights Platform. The live dashboard provides clients with essential word-of-mouth […]
February 26, 2021

Marriott Names Tony Capuano as New CEO

Marriott International Inc. MAR -4.70% has tapped Tony Capuano as its new chief executive officer, picking a longtime veteran of the world’s largest hotel company to steer it through the industry’s most crippling period in memory. Mr. Capuano, 55 years old, has been with the company for 25 years and was most recently a […]