January 22, 2021

Sustainable tourism: 4 lessons 2020 taught us about travel.

Change was needed in the travel industry, even before the pandemic took place. Here’s what 2020 taught us about sustainable tourism and travel for 2021. With 2020 basically putting a halt to all but essential travel, and hotels, monuments, airlines, museums and restaurants trying to reinvent themselves, repurpose their spaces […]
January 22, 2021

Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands. On a cold February morning last year, as she lay curled up in a fetal position on her kitchen floor, Melissa Jackson called her manager at a New Jersey beauty salon to ask […]
January 22, 2021

Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand.

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday […]
January 22, 2021

We are sailing! Cruises are back but over-50s travel firm Saga says all customers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding

Saga announces all customers on its cruises and holidays will need Covid jabs Firm says travellers must have had both shots at least a fortnight before travel It is the first cruise line to make vaccinations compulsory for its holidaymakers Saga says it plans to resume river cruises, escorted tours and […]
January 22, 2021

This Is When These 10 Cruise Lines Plan To Restart

The cruise industry is slowly recovering after a year of virtually no sailing, and cruise operators have been announcing their plans for restarts. Cruise Industry News has gathered everything we currently know about the following 10 lines’ plans, representing various niche, premium and regional brands.  Ponant Ponant is planning to recommence operations in […]
January 21, 2021

Cook Islands Resorts Ready To Welcome Guests

With high hopes weighing on a two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand by March 31, local accommodation providers are ready to welcome visitors to the island paradise of Rarotonga. Local resorts are gearing up for the much-anticipated two-way travel bubble with New Zealand expected to be implemented […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand To Operate Daily Flights To The Cook Islands From March 28

Air New Zealand will be operating daily return flights to Rarotonga from March 28 in anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand. The announcement came as part of the airline’s Covid-19 international schedule through to June 30 2021. Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council president Liana […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand’s First Quarantine-Free Flight Lands In Auckland

For Virginia Cabral the chance to finally meet 7-month-old granddaughter Maria Virginia was sweet. Straight through the Auckland International Airport on the first quarantine-free flight from the Cook Islands she got to meet the baby for the first time. Cabral was also reunited with her other granddaughter Mahina who she […]
January 21, 2021

New South Wales Premier Pushes For Pacific Bubble In 2021

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the federal government to reconsider the long-term suspension of international travel, saying a Pacific bubble should be established this year. Ms Berejiklian’s push for a faster approach to international travel during the pandemic comes after Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly this week […]
January 21, 2021

Pacific Islands May Not Finish Rolling Out COVID Vaccines Until 2025

Solomon Islands has avoided the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, but new research shows it could take it and other Pacific countries years to vaccinate the majority of their populations. With only 17 coronavirus cases detected from returning nationals at quarantine centres, and no community transmission in Solomon Islands, the […]
January 21, 2021

More Covid-19 vaccines arrive in American Samoa

A new shipment of Covid-19 vaccines has arrived in American Samoa, 7800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Our correspondent said it’s the intention of health authorities to complete 10,000 vaccinations before the first repatriation flight from Honolulu on January 29. Dr Francine Amoa, chair of the Covid Vaccine Working Group […]
January 21, 2021

Sofitel Fiji Special Offers

Sofitel Fiji has now come to the end of its multimillion-dollar renovation program and the resort is looking stunning! We are delighted to share with you some of the special local offers we currently have as follows – 1)     Day Pool Pass “Day Pool Pass”Come and enjoy a day at […]
January 20, 2021

Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated To Lead UNWTO For Four More Years

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a […]
January 20, 2021

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji: Returnees Special from $125 Room Only!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!Take advantage of your January returnee rates from $125 per night. We would love to welcome you back to your Denarau home and enjoy our special discounted rates just for you, our valued returnees over the below dates: 20th – 31st January 2021……  ROOM ONLY RATES EXCLUDING BREAKFAST, INCLUSIVE OF […]
January 20, 2021

Climate vulnerability assessment underway in Bougainville atolls

A United Nations-backed team is touring Bougainville’s outer islands this month, conducting climate change vulnerability assessments. Focussing on remote communities at high risk of climate impacts, the Building Resilience to Climate Change team has already visited a number of islands and atolls in the Papua New Guinea Autonomous Region. The […]
January 20, 2021

Air Travel Down 60 per cent, as Airline Industry Losses Top $370 Billion

A new report from the UN’s air transportation agency confirms there was a “dramatic” fall in international air travel due to COVID-19, of around 60 per cent over the course of last year, to levels last seen in 2003. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on Friday, that as seating capacity […]
January 20, 2021

Tonga Extends Covid State of Emergency

Tonga has extended a State of Emergency for another month, until 15 February, due to ongoing concerns around the global spread of Covid-19. The State of Emergency was first declared 12 March and has been renewed regularly since. The extension, announced on Monday evening, means that a curfew will remain […]
January 20, 2021

Cook Islands: PM Expects Influx of Travellers

Quarantine free travel into New Zealand will encourage more Cook Islanders to return home, says Prime Minister Mark Brown. The announcement of quarantine free travel into New Zealand has freed up about 300 vouchers back into the Managed Isolation Allocation System. According to a spokesperson, these were vouchers booked from […]
January 19, 2021

Reskilling and Labour Migration Vital to the Pacific’s Economic Recovery

SYDNEY, January 18, 2021 – While the Pacific and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have avoided some of the worst health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the closure of international travel and lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 have had serious impacts on employment, international labour mobility, and livelihoods across the […]
January 19, 2021

Research: Kiwis Keen To Get To Fiji – 39% Plan To Book Through An Agent

Fiji is high on the list of New Zealanders’ travel aspirations lists right now and many would pack their bags and go if the borders opened now, according to research released late last week. Tourism Fiji partnered with Mediaworks at the end of 2020 to survey Kiwis around their mindset […]