September 17, 2020

Re-energising the Climate Change Narrative in the South Pacific Region – Discover the South Pacific

The 2020 global pandemic has disrupted tourism, crippled industries, shaken business models, rocked share markets and brought trepidation to humankind, globally.
September 16, 2020

International Tourist Numbers Down 65% in First Half of 2020, UNWTO Reports – Discover the South Pacific

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector.
September 15, 2020

UNWTO Highlights Potential of Domestic Tourism to Help Drive Economic Recovery in Destinations Worldwide – Discover the South Pacific

As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries.
September 11, 2020

New Report on Travel Restrictions – Discover the South Pacific

The report presents the analysis of travel restrictions as of 1 September 2020 and places the emphasis on analysing common factors of destinations which have started easing restrictions and of destinations which borders remain closed, with a view to better understand the underlying factors and supporting decision making in this […]
September 10, 2020

Greenhouse Gases Hit New Record Despite Lock-downs, U.N. says – Discover the South Pacific

GENEVA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere hit a record high this year, a United Nations report showed on Wednesday, as […]
September 10, 2020

Aquatic Eco Trail on Aitutaki – Discover the South Pacific

A ‘must-do’ activity for your clients when staying at Pacific Resort Aitutaki!
September 9, 2020

Climate Change May be Affecting Pacific Whale Migraton – Discover the South Pacific

A whale researcher in the Cook Islands thinks climate change is affecting the annual humpback migration from Antarctica. Nan Hauser, who has been observing the migration […]
September 9, 2020

Plastic Free Fiji Winners Awarded – Discover the South Pacific

Five young and innovative individuals were awarded as winners of the Plastic Free Fiji Competition.
September 2, 2020

Fiji Opportunity: Do you-want to grow-or-improve your agritourism business ? – Discover the South Pacific

Are you offering an agricultural experience as a tourism product in Fiji, such as a farm tour, a farm to table experience, or a farm homestay?
August 31, 2020

Fiji PM calls for more climate action in Pacific – Discover the South Pacific

Fiji’s Prime Minister says nothing will drive change for the Pacific and the world more forcefully than the changing climate.
August 30, 2020

USP Undertakes Work For PacWastePlus To Enhance Human Capacity To Sustainably Manage Waste In The Pacific

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) has commenced works with the European Union Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, through a service agreement focused on developing a sustainable capacity building program for waste management in the Pacific. PacWastePlus is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve and enhance waste management activities and the capacity of governments, industry and communities to manage waste to reduce the impact on human health and the environment in participating Pacific island countries.
August 30, 2020

The plastic we use unthinkingly every day is killing our planet – and slowly but surely killing us – Andrew Paris

Another bottle. Yet another one. We are 200km from land, in the middle of the South Pacific, and this is the third bottle we’ve found already this morning Everywhere is plastic. The plastic we use unthinkingly every single day, the plastic we throw away without a moment’s thought, it lives on, […]
August 30, 2020

A Personal Reflection for Pacific Youth on Sustainable Tourism

Earlier this month, the world came together to celebrate International Youth Day on the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.  My job requires me to work directly with Governments, private sector and many development partners, actors and organisations who play a part in the development of tourism in the Pacific. It may be a coincidence, but I was fortunate to be invited as a guest speaker at the TS311 – Sustainable Tourism Development class at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji on 10th August 2020. 
August 30, 2020

Pacific Fisheries Ministers Raise Coastal Fisheries, Marine Pollution And Climate Change Concerns

A new look Pacific Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting, which started virtually yesterday, has tabled key concerns on the state of coastal fisheries, climate change and marine pollution. Their decisions reflect regional priorities for the fisheries and marine sector. Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister of Marine Resources, the Honourable Henry […]
August 30, 2020

100% energy-neutral hotel opens in Amsterdam

A new, cool and very eco hotel to add to your wish list. indigoeight has been appointed to represent the world’s first fully sustainable, energy neutral hotel, which opened in Amsterdam this summer. Using nature as inspiration, combined with clever technology and special engineering, the highly efficient waterfront Four Elements Hotel Amsterdam is located on IJburg, an area made up of three reclaimed islands. 
August 29, 2020

COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’

“I have been teaching my students how to produce kapa which is a traditional cloth made from the inner bark of a native plant. This material is used for clothes for both men and women, and for blankets, as there was no woven or loomed clothing in the past.  Traditional designs are printed onto the cloth using natural dyes.  In the winter people would wear several layers of kapa which they would gradually peel off as the weather got warmer. It is also used in ceremonies. I was recently asked to make a kapa to wrap and then inter ancestral remains, the bones of our ancestors, that were returned home to the islands as a result of federal legislation in the Native American Graves Repatriation and Protection Act (NAGPRA). 
July 31, 2020

PIF Foreign Ministers – Joint Statement on the Blue Pacific Response to COVID – Discover the South Pacific

We, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum comprising Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu remain deeply concerned by the COVID-19 pandemic […]
July 31, 2020

Pacific To Push For Ambitious Biodiversity Targets – Discover the South Pacific

The intergovernmental process led by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to develop a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is in motion and is engaging the global community to reach a new global pact for biodiversity.
July 31, 2020

Fiji COVID-19 Business Survey: Tourism Focus – Discover the South Pacific

The report, Fiji COVID-19 Business Survey: Tourism Focus, was produced jointly by IFC’s Tourism Advisory and Creating Markets Advisory teams. It contains the findings of a business survey conducted with over 3,500 businesses by IFC and the Fijian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transportation.
July 31, 2020

SPTO and the Travel Foundation launch Partnership with Discussion on Recovery and Resilience – Discover the South Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges for the tourism industry globally and across the Pacific region. As part of its efforts in ensuring effective stakeholder engagement in the recovery process, the SPTO has partnered with the Travel Foundation to explore viable options for recovery and resilience. The partnership […]
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