December 12, 2020

Cook Islands And New Zealand Announce Quarantine-Free Travel For Q1 2021

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Hon Mark Brown have agreed an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands’. Both Prime Ministers and their Cabinets have instructed officials to continue working together to […]
December 11, 2020

Terau and Mary’s Win at National Business Awards

Terau Beach Bungalow in Abaiang and Mary’s Motel in Bairiki scooped the top prizes for Best Accommodation Hospitality categories for the Outer Islands and South Tarawa respectively at the 2020 National Business Awards. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) on the 05 December […]
December 10, 2020

Man Buys Turtles Only to Release Them at Sea

While searching for crabs last Saturday along the Suva foreshore, Jone Tanuku and his employer Jason Yang Guangxin met a young boy who discreetly told them he had a pair of live turtles for sale. After some negotiation, Mr Guangxin parted with $100 for both turtles. Mr Tanuku’s fears about […]
December 10, 2020

Early Bird Savings on South East Asia Sailings 2021/22

Tall-ship sailing company, Star Clippers, is offering early bird savings on sailings in South East Asia departing November 2021 through to March 2022. Available to book until 30 April 2021, save up to 30%* on 17 of Star Clippers idyllic island sailings around Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, PLUS receive a free hotel […]
December 10, 2020

Vinaka Fiji 2020 Achievements

Although 2020 is not what we had all planned, we are working hard to see the positives and as such we want to communicate some of our achievements with Vinaka Fiji this year. Whilst we did not have the volunteer numbers that open borders give us, we still managed to achieve […]
December 10, 2020

COVID-19, Slow Progress, Ongoing Vulnerability for Pacific Sustainable Development, says new report

An updated regional report on sustainable development across the region is aimed at ensuring Pacific People’s well-being through the Blue Pacific identity, the proposed 2050 Strategy and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.  But she says slow progress and ongoing […]
December 10, 2020

Proud Moment for Top Samoan Woman

A Samoan has become the University of Otago’s first female doctor promoted to Professor. Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, the daughter of Reverend Nomeneta and Lili Sopoaga, from Fagaloa, is also the first female Pacific medical doctor to become a Professor in Australia. She joins 25 other academics promoted this week, […]
December 10, 2020

BookingSamoa wins Seedstars, Eyes Regional Prize

A business start-up that set up an online travel service targeting local small to medium-sized enterprises is the winner of the Seedstars competition in Samoa and will now move to compete at the regional level. BookingSamoa – a business start-up created by residents, Geoff Cullen and Kevin Hartin – will […]
December 10, 2020

Happy Tokelauans Will be Home for Christmas

It will be the longest 24 hours at sea for 33 Tokelauans who are finally heading home after spending almost a month in a quarantine hotel in Samoa But the trip is expected to be one of the happiest for the islanders who set sail from Samoa on Wednesday relieved […]
December 10, 2020

 Shangri-La Fiji – Festive Season Special Packages

If you are still looking for a place to celebrate Christmas and New Year 2020, the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa prepared a very special accommodation package that included special evenings to celebrate the festive season and New Years The detail is included on the two flyers below. Celebrates Festive […]
December 10, 2020

Fijians Encouraged to Complete Local Tourism Survey

A local tourism survey will be conducted over the next two weeks through Vodafone and Digicel as well as through social media and other electronic platforms. Data gathered from the survey will be analysed and made available to local tourism operators to better package and price their products for the […]
December 9, 2020

Coconut Tea Waiting For Export

Owner of ‘Especially Local’ Sera Tari is eager to enter the export business with her new product called ‘Coconut Tea’. The home-grown organic island brew was developed by the local entrepreneur in 2018 and now she is ready to test the international export waters. “I tried it out in 2018 […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Latest To Offer Free Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific is seeking to help customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong to provide free Covid-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly. Customers who travel with Cathay Pacific before February 28th will be covered for medical expenses related to a Covid-19 diagnosis incurred […]
December 9, 2020

Facebook Study Reveals Impact of COVID-19 On Tourism Industry

Facebook today released its ‘State of Small Business Report’, based on the ‘Future of Business Survey’—an ongoing collaborative effort conducted alongside the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Over the past six months, over 150,000 small businesses around the globe have been surveyed as part […]
December 9, 2020

Trudeau: COVID-19 Vaccinations Will Start Next Week, If Health Canada Approves

Pending Health Canada approval, “Canadians will be getting vaccinated starting next week,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference on Monday (Dec. 7). Trudeau said that Canada has secured an agreement to receive its first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this month, a delivery that amounts to up to 249,000 doses. “We’re facing the […]
December 9, 2020

Westpac Withdraws from the Pacific

PNG-based Kina Securities Ltd, which owns Kina Bank, has entered into sale and purchase agreements with Westpac. Kina Securities has announced it is to acquire 89.91 percent of Westpac’s banking operations in PNG and 100 percent of its Fiji operations. The overall purchase price is $US311 million, or over a […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Provides Free COVID-19 Insurance Cover for All Passengers

Collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited, Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 cover to all passengers who fly with Cathay Pacific, effective immediately through to 28 February 2021. The insurance cover is automatically applied when customers book their flight, and offers cover for medical expenses related to a COVID-19 […]
December 9, 2020

NCL to Launch Rewards Program for Travel Agents

In recognition of the very valuable travel agents in Australia and New Zealand, and their ongoing support and bookings, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that it will launch a new rewards program, ‘Partners First Rewards’, to reward agents, in 2021. The new rewards program will cover three key areas:· […]
December 9, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine: First Person Receives Pfizer Jab In UK

A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said the injection she received at 06:31 GMT was the “best early birthday present”. It was the first […]
December 9, 2020

Win Prizes Before Xmas with Exciting New PNG Training Website Modules

Built on input from agents, on what training and information was needed to support them to sell Papua New Guinea, the new destination training website, launched by Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) this month, aims to immerse agents in the unique stories of this exciting destination. We are really hopeful […]