October 1, 2018

SPTO Working at promoting local food in the region

Figures revealed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization has shown that 67 percent of food consumed by the tourism sector in the region is imported. This has prompted the South Pacific Tourism Organization to call on pacific island countries to use more local food in their dishes. SPTO Research and […]
September 28, 2018

Promoting Blue Pacific priorities at 73rd United Nations General Assembly

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders are in New York this week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), providing an opportunity for collective advocacy and engagement as the Blue Pacific. Falling just two weeks after the 49th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting which was held in Nauru, UNGA provides a […]
September 28, 2018

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Scores Two Awards

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has won the ‘Best Fijian Property’ category tying with the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa from a field of 16 finalists at the annual hotel management (HM) Awards. Now in its 16th year, the prestigious HM Awards, overseen by an independent panel of industry judges, […]
September 27, 2018

Hussein: Great Responsibility In Being The National Airline

Fiji Airways is one of the most influential businesses in Fiji and the Pacific. It is the airline that most people from the Pacific island countries use to travel within the region and to other continents. For this reason the Pacific Green Business Centre was curious to learn what were […]
September 27, 2018

SPTO marks World Tourism Day with launch of Sustainable Tourism Microsite

The South Pacific Tourism is celebrating ‘World Tourism Day by launching its first ever Pacific Sustainable Tourism Network (PSTN) Microsite.
September 25, 2018

SPTO and FEXCO sign MOU for Strategic Cooperation

In the spirit of cooperation the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and FEXCO Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday at the FEXCO office in Auckland, New Zealand. The signing underpins both organisations’ vision towards a strategic cooperation focused on developing a sustainable framework that is mutually beneficial and in establishing […]
September 25, 2018

Register NOW – UNESCO Roundtable on Building Sustainable Tourism, Samoa [1 October]

The Samoa Tourism Authority and the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Pacific States in collaboration with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation are pleased to present the UNESCO Roundtable on Building Sustainable Tourism for Green/Blue Livelihoods in Pacific Island Countries and Territories...
September 25, 2018

Lack of Data to Measure Sustainability

LACK of baseline data and robust monitoring systems to measure sustainability are key challenges to sustainable tourism in the Pacific. And while it is relatively a new concept being adopted and practiced by most island countries, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) sustainable tourism development manager Christina Leala Gale says the […]
September 24, 2018

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting has not generally been given the attention it deserves. It has often been looked upon as a technology of last resort, to be used only when no other alternatives exist, such as on some of the Pacific low-lying islands lacking fresh surface water or groundwater.
September 24, 2018

Rainwater Harvesting Project Ends Years of Water Shortage

Community members of Korobebe in Fiji’s Western Division can now access clean and safe drinking water within the comfort of their own homes following the launch of their Rainwater Harvesting Project.
September 24, 2018

1st SPTO-Media Roundtable a Success!.

SPTO held its first Media Roundtable session with members of the Fiji and regional media as well as some social media influencers yesterday, Thursday 20th September in the SPTO conference room. The Roundtable was organized as a platform for SPTO to connect with the media, to inspire a better understanding […]
September 24, 2018

Savai’i youth get training in Agribusiness

Gaining knowledge in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. A training workshop to build capacity of selected young farmers in agribusiness Management and contract farming will place in Salelologa from September 17 – 19 this week. The workshop combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture […]
September 24, 2018

UNWTO: Laying out a Sustainable Future for Urban Tourism

Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Summit aims to set out a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment. The Summit, […]
September 24, 2018

15th UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and sustainability in tourism, applications open

Promoting innovation, job creation and sustainability are key considerations for the 15th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards. UNWTO invites submissions until 31 October 2018. The UNWTO Awards recognise the contribution of public and private institutions and NGOs to development of a more competitive, responsible and sustainable tourism sector that works […]
September 24, 2018

Supporting Local Economies

No matter the destination, it is encouraged to purchase local goods and avoid the consumption of mass-produced items.
September 24, 2018

Green Energy

In response to the global epidemic and consequences associated with climate change, numerous Pacific Island Countries (PIC) have taken it upon themselves to convert to green energy.
September 24, 2018

Reducing Plastic Waste Consumption

Waste is an economic as well as environmental problem in the South Pacific. Republic of the Marshall Islands are a leading example in the global effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste and carbon emissions with their Styrofoam and Plastic Products Act 2016.
September 10, 2018

Ahura resort iguana sanctuary welcome new arrivals

AHURA Resorts Iguana Sanctuary is delighted to welcome more new arrivals of the critically endangered Fijian Crested Iguana. Group Environment manager Sia Rasalato said two of Likuliku’s captive females laid approximately four to six eggs each back in January three eggs from one of the females hatched on August 30, […]
September 10, 2018

Pacific Skills Partnership commits to skills development for a sustainable Pacific

The Pacific Skills Partnership was launched at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru yesterday, re-affirming the vital link between skills and sustainable development in the region. As Chair of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum, the Republic of Nauru initiated the partnership in collaboration with The University of the South Pacific […]
September 10, 2018

New Marine Reserve for PNG

Exciting news from the Coral Sea Foundation, as a new PNG marine reserve is declared in Milne Bay. The Nua Marine Reserve Network in the waters of East Ferguson Island in the Milne Bay Province, is a direct result of the Foundation’s last expedition to PNG, and its ongoing program which mentors […]