October 8, 2019

Farmers and chefs link up to form new culinary force

The direct relationship between the farmers who grow our food and chefs who prepare it was celebrated with a new alliance formed at the Chef and Mamas Cook Off Competition at the Orator Hotel yesterday. Chefs from restaurants across Samoa worked with farmers to bring a three course meal to […]
October 4, 2019

Sustainable Tourism Development dependent on Cooperation and Commitment

At the 29th meeting of the SPTO Council of Ministers held in Alofi, Niue, the Ministers were urged to take up stronger cooperation and commitment to the sustainable development of the Pacific Tourism industry, the lifeline for so many of our Pacific Island countries and territories. The comments were made […]
October 1, 2019

Raffe Hotels & Resorts recycling all plastic bottles

Raffe Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce that Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Fiji Gateway Hotel have started recycling 100% of the plastic bottles consumed at their respective property from 1 October 2019. All three Raffe Hotels & Resorts properties are working with local partners Mission Pacific […]
September 27, 2019

The value of Interns to promoting sustainable tourism in the Pacific

Internships are critical experiences to help college students find their area of interest and the type of job they want to do in the future.
September 27, 2019

Beauty, sharks, oceans and plastic bottles

Plastics are a threat to marine life as well as the livelihoods of communities who depend on the ocean. Hence it is somewhat fitting that a project to protect sharks in the Beqa waters off of Viti Levu in Fiji also contributes innovatively to addressing plastic pollution while empowering communities to become more economically self-reliant.
September 27, 2019

Using creative art to make a difference in communities around the Pacific

I would like to begin by congratulating SPTO’s Sustainable Tourism Development Division on the launch of the monthly newsletter focusing on Sustainable Tourism and Community Development in the Pacific.
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. Scientists have discovered that an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen rinses off […]
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 […]
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