December 30, 2020

Amid pandemic, Pacific Islands Work To Offset Food Shortages

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain that brings crucial food imports and sending prices soaring as tourism wanes. With a food crisis looming, many governments have begun community […]
December 24, 2020

UN and Pacific Tourism Organisation host roundtable on sustainable tourism and COVID-19 recovery

The United Nations [UN] in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)] Monday hosted a roundtable dedicated to the theme of ‘Restarting Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific’.   The initiative brought together governments, international development partners and key stakeholders in the tourism industry, from Fiji, Vanuatu and Palau, to share […]
December 24, 2020

Airport Vanuatu: Financial Year 2019 Dividend

Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) has declared a financial dividend for the year ending September 2019 and today was proud to present a cheque to our Prime Minister, Hon. Bob Loughman, and Shareholders, Minister for Finance, Hon. Johnny Koanapo Rasou, and Minister Infrastructure & Public Utilities, Hon. Jay Ngwele. The Prime […]
December 24, 2020

As 2020 Ends, Tourism Looks Forward With Determination

We are almost at the end of what has been the most challenging year in the history of tourism. Almost overnight, the pandemic brought global tourism to a complete standstill. Millions of people missed chances to explore different places and embrace different cultures and customs. And the world lost out on opportunities for tourism to create jobs, […]
December 24, 2020

Rural Development and Recovery Focus Of Executive Training Programme

Tourism leaders from 18 countries met for the 14th annual UNWTO Asia-Pacific Executive Training Programme. In line with UNWTO’s Year of Tourism and Rural Development, the three-day programme focused on sharing knowledge and good practice relating to harnessing the power of the sector to create opportunities for all outside of […]
December 24, 2020

Tourism Solomons Coronavirus Update – further DOI directive

Tourism Solomons advises as part of a further Solomon Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) directive, all air passengers who have travelled from or transited through China 14 days before arriving in the Solomon Islands will not be permitted entry. The ruling also extends to passengers from affected countries travelling via […]
December 24, 2020

Tourism Solomons Reset And Ready For Positive 2021

Describing 2020 as the “most challenging time most of us have endured in our lifetimes” Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the national tourism office has “reset” and is “ready to go” the moment the global travel situation is resolved and the Solomon Islands can once more receive international […]
December 24, 2020

The Journey Back to Recovery – Resources to Develop Tourism Sustainably

Since the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism to a halt, queues to see the world’s most beautiful, natural wonders have disappeared. Gone are the clicking sounds of photos being snapped of wildlife through big lens cameras. On many island destinations like Hawaii and Fiji, beaches have been devoid of tourists due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. 
December 24, 2020

Youth Recognised At Conference As The “Custodians Of The Future”

Approximately half of the world’s population is under 30 years old, adding greater meaning to the popular notion, “Youth are the custodians of the future.” Any decision made today will have a direct effect on the future lives of our youth and highlights the important role young people can play as key future decision makers. Around the world, the role and engagement of youth is consistently highlighted, with countries, organisations and groups seeking to support the voice and participation of youth, especially with concern to sustainable development, climate change and environmental issues.
December 24, 2020

Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam

Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen. “Yet I need seaweed.”
December 24, 2020

Environment Impact Assessments Tools Vital For Sustainable Tourism Development

Sustainable tourism development, as defined by the World Tourism Organization, is tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.  The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the leading regional agency for the protection of the environment in the Pacific, has contributed to strengthening sustainable tourism development in the Pacific by developing various environmental planning and assessment tools, which were highlighted during the second day of the 10th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. 
December 24, 2020

SPTO launches Virtual Training on Plastics Repurposing in Kiribati through the Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has completed its first virtual training on plastic waste reduction with the Tourism Authority of Kiribati. The initiative is part of a joint CROP programme on capacity building for small island states, between Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and SPTO. The workshop was delivered via pre-recorded instructional videos and live interactive sessions from 14th – 18th December.
December 23, 2020

Pacific Tourism Organisation and Haiyi Institute Confirm Partnership

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Haiyi Institute of China have confirmed a three year partnership by way of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organisations. The purpose of the MOU is to foster collaboration in the areas of tourism research, professional development, internships and work attachment […]
December 23, 2020

Reimagining Travel in a Post-COVID-19 World

The world of travel may never be the same, but that doesn’t mean the industry of travel is dead. Navigating travel in a post-COVID-19 world is undeniably difficult, but despite all the ambiguity, and understandable stress surrounding health and safety as a traveler, there are companies that are on a mission to […]
December 23, 2020

NCL: New Trade Rewards On Way

NCL will launch a new rewards programme, Partners First Rewards, next year. Designed for travel agents in New Zealand and Australia, it will cover three key areas:• Regular incentives, exclusive to Partners First Rewards members; • NCL Legends, rewarding top sellers from each BDM’s region across Australia and New Zealand […]
December 23, 2020

Royal Caribbean Group Launches $40M “Pay It Forward” Program To Support Agents

The Royal Caribbean Group has announced plans to launch “Pay It Forward,” a second phase of its RCL CARES program, to support its travel advisors as they look to rebuild their businesses after a challenging 2020. The program makes a $40 million pool of funds available to qualifying travel advisors, who can apply for […]
December 23, 2020

Survey Shows Unrelenting Impacts of COVID-19 on Vanuatu Businesses

This year’s final Pacific Business Monitor, a monthly survey tracking the effects of COVID-19 on businesses in the Pacific region by the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) global network, highlights the persistent and severe effects the pandemic has had on businesses in Vanuatu and the Pacific throughout 2020. Across eight months […]
December 23, 2020

Have Your Say on Tourism

The Community Attitudes Towards Tourism Survey is now open.  Last week the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation supported by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute based at the Auckland University of Technology, have launched their community survey for 2020.  The survey gives the host community in the Cook Islands, the opportunity […]
December 23, 2020

Stoeckel: Moce Mada Fiji

Bula Vinaka  Everyone, Yesterday marked my last day at Tourism Fiji. It has been my honour and pleasure to serve Fiji, which has also been home to my family for the last 4.5 years.   In this time, I have seen the destination achieve many remarkable accomplishments. This has been possible through a strong partnership between Tourism Fiji and the tourism industry. I’m so grateful for this support, and know you will provide the same support to Robert Thompson as […]
December 23, 2020

Research Shows Rise in Confidence of Business Survival

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia says businesses in Fiji have shown immense resilience in what has been exceptionally trying times. PTI Australia Trade Commissioner Caleb Jarvis says their research shows that while extent and severity of negative COVID-19 impacts have remained high in Fiji, confidence in business survival has risen […]