January 12, 2021

Over 2000 Samoans Want to Return home – Samoa govt

There are now more than 2000 Samoans wanting to return home and more are expected to register in the coming weeks. The Samoa Observer reports the numbers were confirmed by the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Agafili Shem Leo, at a press conference on Thursday. “The Committee can confirm that […]
January 12, 2021

Covid-19 Claims Upmarket Resort in Samoa

The upmarket iconic Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa in Samoa has announced it is closing down. Manager Sose Annandale told the Samoa Observer she is heartbroken but determined to stay optimistic about the 24 year-old resort’s future. “It’s heart-breaking really, especially when you see the number of livelihoods impacted.” “We are down […]
January 12, 2021

Cruise Ships Back in Service January 2021 Update

A number of cruise ships are sailing globally in January as the industry continues its restart, in a staggered phased-in approach with an emphasis on regional start-ups. Here are the cruise ships currently back in service or planning restarts in January: Cruise Line: Dream CruisesShip: Explorer DreamCapacity (at 100% Occupancy): 1,856Built: 1999Homeport: Keelung (Taiwan)Itinerary: One- to […]
January 12, 2021

Nouvelle Vague Marketing Appointed as New Representative for New Caledonia Tourism in Australia / New Zealand

New Caledonia Tourism has announced it will partner with agency Nouvelle Vague Marketing to represent the destination in Australia and New Zealand. Translating to ‘French New Wave’, Nouvelle Vague is headed up by tourism industry specialist Caroline Brunel. With more than 20 years’ experience in destination marketing (including 5 years […]
January 12, 2021

Sustainable tourism: Why the future of travel is getting greener

It feels like a lifetime ago that locals in tourist-saturated areas complained of cramped infrastructure and unwelcome intrusion into their local culture. And when travel resumes, hopefully later this year after vaccinations weave their protective shield, a new and more sustainable travel industry must await. Increasingly, travellers are seeking out experiences […]
January 12, 2021

Official: High Costs of Airfares are a Challenge to Tourism

The high costs of airfares have been a challenge to domestic travel and tourism. According to the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) Chief executive officer Eric Mossman, that in spite of the ill effects that the pandemic has brought to the country, this has allowed them to reassess and see where […]
January 11, 2021

Frontline Workers Honored with Free Dive Vacations in Yap

Colonia, Yap. January 5, 2021. The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe. Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, […]
January 8, 2021

Norfolk Island Chamber of Commerce Becomes A Member Of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

TOURISM DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCY The Chamber has made a Declaration and becomes a member of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency   https://www.tourismdeclares.com. The Committee will be working on this project commencing late January 2021.  Members are encouraged to help with this project so just let Committee know if you are […]
January 8, 2021

New Caledonia Tourism Office To Reorganize Activities In Japan

Greetings from New Caledonia. It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a very challenging year, and 2021 will be certainly again. In order to protect the local population and to avoid the widespread of the Covid-19 virus, our Caledonian government has taken the decision to maintain our borders closed […]
January 6, 2021

Qantas to Resume International Flights Sales from July

The Australian government has warned travellers to not get excited about overseas travel despite Qantas putting international tickets on sale from July 1, saying there’s no guarantee they will be able fly as long as Australia’s international borders stay shut. Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the […]
January 6, 2021

Air New Zealand Launching Quarantine-free Flights to Brisbane on January 7

Starting Thursday, people will be able to fly with Air New Zealand from Aotearoa to Brisbane and not have to quarantine on arrival. The announcement comes after Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in December the state was reopening its borders to Kiwis following them being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, […]
January 6, 2021

A traditional wave? Maybe not, but cruise deals are starting to flood in.

It’s not a tsunami, but wave season deals are starting to flood in, from cruise lines big and small. Given the current circumstances, it’s been debated whether there will be a 2021 wave season. Alex Sharpe, president and CEO of Signature Travel Network, expects a wave but not a traditional […]
January 6, 2021

‘Resiliency and optimism’ in CLIA’s 2021 outlook

New Cruise Lines International Association research shows two out of three cruisers are willing to cruise within a year and 58% of international vacationers, who have never cruised, likely to do so in the next few years. This is part of CLIA’s newly released 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook. […]
January 6, 2021

Huahine: Tahiti’s Affordable Garden Isle

Each of French Polynesia’s Society Islands has their own distinct aesthetic. Tahiti has deep mountain valleys. Moorea’s visitors often note its lurid, craggy peaks and picturesque bays. Bora Bora has the iconic Mount Otemanu rising from the center of a brilliantly hued blue lagoon. Huahine, roughly in the center of […]
January 6, 2021

Transforming Travel: It’s a Big, Big Task

Opinion: Sven Lindblad, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions An article in the New York Times on August 27 bore the headline “Move Over Sustainable Travel, Regenerative Travel Has Arrived.” It got a lot of attention, rightfully so, as it was a very meaningful article. The first two paragraphs were telling. “Once accounting […]
January 6, 2021

Crystal Says Newbuild Endeavor on Track for Summer Debut

Crystal Endeavor is on track to debut in the summer, according to Crystal, which said it’s pleased with the resumption of work on the vessel at MV Werften. Crystal’s first purpose-built expedition ship, which had been scheduled to begin sailing last August, was delayed when MV Werften shut down during the […]
January 6, 2021

$10bn in New Ships, 39,000 Lower Berths to Join Global Cruise Fleet in 2021

2021 will ring in 27 new oceangoing cruise ships, adding 39,530 lower berths to the global fleet. This makes for a total investment $10.4bn, according to Seatrade’s orderbook, just updated to include Coral Geographer, arriving in March, instead of late 2021. Twenty-six lines will be adding a new ship (one ship is shared by […]
January 5, 2021

New Air VAN CEO Assumes Office

One of the Shareholders of Air Vanuatu, Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jay Ngwele, has confirmed that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Vanuatu officially assumed office yesterday. The new CEO is Tongan-born ‘Atu Finau. Mr Finau who reportedly arrived in Vanuatu last month from Auckland, New […]
January 5, 2021

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces severe national lockdown for England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a severe lockdown for England on the back of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.  “The government is once again instructing you to stay at home,” Johnson told Brits. He says people can only leave home for limited reasons, like to shop for essentials, to go […]
January 5, 2021

Pacific Resort Hotel Group: Happy New Year & Here’s to 2021!

LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW YEAR AND A NEW START! Well… what a year it has been!A year without precedent and one in which our world has irretrievably changed. Like others all around the world, we here in the Cook Islands, are looking forward to the New Year and a […]