July 8, 2019

The Cook Islands Sustainability of our Paradise

Worldwide, waste is an absolute crisis which some countries choose to address and others ignore.  There comes a time when you need take stock of where you stand as a Country, as a Company, as an employer and as an individual. I believe the Cook Islands are a beacon for […]
July 4, 2019

SPTO assists Tuvalu prepare for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is working with the Government of Tuvalu to prepare communities and the tourism industry for the influx of visitors to the nation during the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in August said SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Cocker. The training which commenced on June 25 […]
July 2, 2019

Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of plastic trash from the Pacific

Environmentalists have removed more than 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. The group, Ocean Voyages Institute, said the cleanup mission was the “largest and most successful ocean cleanup to date” in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The patch, between Hawaii and California, is the biggest concentration of floating […]
June 28, 2019

Tuvalu receives support from SPTO in preparation for Leaders’ Meeting in August

A team from SPTO is in Tuvalu for two weeks to conduct a Plastics Repurposing Workshop and Hospitality Training in preparation for the Leaders Forum in August. The trainings are held in conjunction with the, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism Environment and Labour towards support for the Leaders Forum. […]
June 21, 2019

Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island Resort Announces Global Best Practice Approach to Environmental Sustainability

Fiji’s most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Private Island, is leading by example in its endeavour to operate as an environmentally sustainability resort and ensure the preservation of its beautiful habitat. Initiated by owner Lang Walker, an expert team has been assembled with efforts towards sustainability seamlessly incorporated into the […]
June 20, 2019

Why sustainability should be on your plate when you travel

In Vanuatu, as in other popular destinations across Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, farming and tourism can support one another while making our holidays more sustainable. According to one survey, 60 percent of food consumed by tourists in Vanuatu was imported, all of which could have been produced in-country. […]
June 19, 2019

Plastic Repurposing project aims to protect oceans

In an effort to protect the ocean – women from Galoa village in Serua are converting discarded plastic bottles into jewelry and decor. This is part of the South Pacific Tourism Organization’s plastic repurposing initiative, which contributes to women’s economic empowerment and protection of the marine ecosystem. Villager Meredani Pei […]
June 19, 2019

Tourism: A Global Force For Growth And Development – UNWTO Executive Council meets in Baku

Baku (Azerbaijan), 18 June 2019 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the […]
June 13, 2019

Tradition could be key to sustainable fishing, Palau campaigner

An environmental campaigner from Palau says tradition could be the key to more sustainable fishing. Jennifer Koskelin is among a group of cultural ambassadors from across the Pacific meeting in Tahiti do discuss indigenous conservation programmes. Ms Koskelin, co-founder of the Palau Legacy Project, was instrumental in securing the half-million […]
June 13, 2019

American Samoa moves to ban styrofoam products

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency has helped shape legislation looking to ban styrofoam products. The draft bill would outlaw all styrofoam products such as plates, cups, egg containers and other common items which have harmful effects on the environment and human health. Set to be introduced in the Fono […]
June 13, 2019

Cook Islands moves to ban single-use plastic

A Bill banning single use plastics is set to go before the Cook Islands Parliament before the end of the year. The policy was drafted by Infrastructure Cook Islands and has been approved by Cabinet for inclusion in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Bill due to be tabled by Christmas. […]
June 13, 2019

‘Barren underworld’ – coral bleaching and the perilous forecast for Pacific reefs

When Kristine Zipfel jumped into the sea off Mo’orea, she expected to open her eyes to an underwater world teeming with life and colour. After all, that’s what the island’s famous for. Described in brochures as a haven for divers who fall in love with the varied ecosystem and colourful […]
June 7, 2019

World Oceans Day from Chris Cocker

June 8 is World Oceans Day and it is our collective responsibility to look after the Pacific Ocean and its resources says SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker. Mr. Cocker made the comment in his video message for World Oceans Day in which he emphasized the importance of the Pacific […]
June 7, 2019

SPTO Participated in the Agritourism Workshop in PNG

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Office coordinated a workshop on Agritourism, with the view to promote linkages in the Agri-food and Agritourism sectors in Port Moresby on May 27-28. Tourism is a sector that has potential to strengthen the agriculture sector through agritourism and increasing demand for consistent access […]
June 6, 2019

Carnival Cruise Lines Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Environmental Crimes

The cruise line giant Carnival Corporation and its Princess subsidiary have agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $20 million for environmental violations such as dumping plastic waste into the ocean. Princess Cruise Lines has already paid $40 million over other deliberate acts of pollution. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz […]
June 6, 2019

Sustainability a Key Part of Tourism Policies, But More Still to Be Done, UNWTO/UN Environment Report Notes

Countries around the world are integrating sustainability in their tourism policies but the evidence on the results of their implementation remains limited, research carried out for the first “Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies” has found. The Baseline Report, prepared by the […]
June 5, 2019

New buoy in Fagatele Bay

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners have launched a new buoy in Fagatele Bay within NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. The scientific buoy works by collecting water quality information and measures a variety of parameters in the ocean, such as pH and temperature, which are […]
June 5, 2019

Raffe Hotels and Resorts Partners with Oceanic Global

Raffe Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce that it is partnering with global NGO, Oceanic Global, to work towards eliminating all single use plastics from the operations of Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Fiji Gateway Hotel. Oceanic Global, who is the official non-profit and production partner to […]
May 28, 2019

A Little Chocolate Milk Goes a Long Way at Nanuku Auberge

Nanuku adds a new ‘Kids Kava’ experience to a long list of child-friendly Fijian activities Nanuku’s commitment to sustainability goes far beyond merely swapping plastic straws for biodegradable options. Yes, it proudly operates an award-winning ‘Planet Auberge’ program incorporating marine conservation, a strict recycling protocol and a renewable and organic […]
May 28, 2019

“Gastronomy tourism” drives job creation and entrepreneurship

“Gastronomy tourism” or food tourism is an opportunity to promote local economic growth and include more people in development. Because we are all “eaters” the exploration of food has become a large part of the tourism experience worldwide. Around 500 participants from 90 countries attended the 5thUNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism […]