September 27, 2019

Afelita’s – keeping small businesses sustainable

Running a small business is never easy, especially in the tourism industry and especially if you have to do it all yourself. Ensuring that the business is environmentally sustainable makes the challenge even more daunting but that’s exactly what Afelita’s is about.
September 27, 2019

Pacific Islander Joins the United Nations World Tourism Organisation

Former Director of Policy and Planning at the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, Miss Alcinda Trawen has recently joined the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as the Deputy Manager for International Relations, based in Nara, Japan. 
September 27, 2019

SPTO launches Pacific Sustainable Tourism Newz Beat

SPTO’s Sustainable Tourism Development Division today launched their monthly update for the industry, to share key highlights in the region.
September 26, 2019

Fiji PM announces plan to plant 30 million trees

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has announced a plan to plant about 30 million trees in response to the climate crisis. PAC News reported he made the announcement at the World Leaders for Nature event in New York. Mr Bainimarama said the trees would be planted over the next 15 years, […]
September 11, 2019

Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island Resort Invests Further in Environmental Sustainability with South Pacific’s First Acoustic Manta Tagging Project

Kokomo Private Island, Fiji’s most exclusive private island resort has partnered with the world’s leading manta ray research and conservation charities to launch the South Pacific Acoustic Manta Tagging Project.
September 6, 2019

CLIA Shares Their Sustainability Resources with Cruise Liners

More than 40 million people are tipped to take a cruise each year by 2030, CLIA’s Global Chair Adam Goldstein told Cruise360 on Friday. But with the enormous potential that cruising offers come equally significant responsibilities to minimise our industry’s impact on the environment and communities we visit, Goldstein said. […]
September 4, 2019

8th Pacific Environment Forum Focuses On Tackling Plastic Pollution

The 8th Pacific Environment Forum (PEF) convened in Apia on Monday morning, bringing together representatives of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s Pacific island countries and territories, non-governmental organisations, private sector, communities and partners to engage in a more informal dialogue prior to the 29th SPREP Meeting […]
August 29, 2019

Declaring urgent climate change action is a signal of strength

Pacific Island Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor has called for island nations to unite against the threat of climate change. OPINION: It was indeed an emotional moment when Pacific Leaders and delegates were greeted by small children of Tuvalu – submerged in water surrounding a model of their sinking islands […]
August 28, 2019

Short Term Contract – Environmental and Social Sustainability Consultant

The Pacific Learning Partnership for Environmental and Social Sustainability (PLP-ESS) is a collaboration between the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank (through the World Bank Australia Safeguards Partnership, with support from the Australian […]
August 20, 2019

Daku goes green

Daku Resort is nestled along the main highway a few minutes away from Savusavu Town in Fiji. The resort boasts spacious beachside bures, self-contained villas and eco-friendly houses that caters for backpackers, family retreats and couples getaways.With about a 8–9 hour journey beginning with a 2 hour bus ride to […]
August 8, 2019

Pacific Resort Hotel Group encourages guests to help protect the Cook Islands coral reef and lagoon by using Reef-Safe sunscreen!

When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products used affect oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.
August 1, 2019

Pacific Island States Declare Climate Crisis

A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’ The PIDF Leaders’ Summit had representation from 10 of the 14 member states, which are most at risk to climate […]
July 30, 2019

Tuvalu bans single use plastic from August 1

A single use plastic ban and importation levy comes into force in Tuvalu from the beginning of August to help deal with waste in the small remote islands. It’s hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population lives. Single […]
July 25, 2019

NZ company completes solar project in Cooks

New Zealand company Infratec has completed a $US10.8 million Asian Development Bank project to deliver reliable renewable energy to four islands in the southern Cook Islands. Over the past two years Infratec has designed and delivered solar mini grids and new underground network distribution systems on Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and […]
July 24, 2019

Palau Wins PATA Gold Award

Palau’s Airai State Cultural Tour won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award along with 28 other destinations for its promotion of community-based tourism. PATA announced the winners on July 15, revealing four PATA Grand awardees and 29 Gold awardees who will be given the accolades during the PATA […]
July 19, 2019

Young Pacific Leaders Carbon Offsetting Project

As part of our ever evolving efforts to ensure a healthier and greener earth we, the Sinalei team, were delighted to take part in this years Carbon offsetting drive initiated by the Young Pacific Leaders Program and supported by The US Embassy, Samoa, The Ministry of Natural Resource & Environment, […]
July 19, 2019

Testimonial from Tuvalu on SPTO Training

Lita Pita is the proprietor of Afelita Island Resort in Funafuti, Tuvalu. She was one of the participants at the SPTO convened training in June for  hotel staff, communities and youth groups focused on Food and Beverage, Food Safety and Handling and Customer Service.  Held in Funafuti, it was a […]
July 18, 2019

Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises Brand Presents Latest Sustainability Report

AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, documented further progress on its path toward emission-neutral cruising in the latest edition of “AIDA cares.” As early as 2023, 94% of all AIDA guests will be sailing on ships that can be fully operated with low-emission liquefied natural gas […]
July 18, 2019

Promoting One Destination for sustainable tourism in Pacific

Pacific island countries are famous for their beautiful, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, green mountains, endemic flora and fauna, unique culture and arts as well as friendly people. Those are precious assets for these countries which do not have many natural resources to exploit as their income sources. Among […]
July 17, 2019

Opportunity to overcome water scarcity

With a decrease of the availability of rain and the salinization of many of the atoll aquifers, water scarcity is becoming a pressing issue in the region. Fortunately, state-of-the-art technology allows us to benefit from the natural resources around our islands. Elemental Water Makers, who joined us last year in […]