March 26, 2021

The Fijian Government’s COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) approves Savusavu Bay as the nation’s second Blue Lanes Yacht Port.

Following the approval of more than 100 yachts through Fiji’s Blue Lanes initiative, the Fijian Government’s COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) has approved Savusavu Bay – known as Fiji’s “hidden paradise” – as the nation’s second Blue Lanes Yacht Port. The Blue Lanes initiative was pioneered through the Fijian COVID-Safe […]
March 26, 2021

Easter Schedule

Full Day and Sunset Cruises in Suva and Tivua Day Cruise over Easter. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is excited to announce their schedule for Easter for the Suva Sailings Day and Dinner, plus Tivua Island Day Cruise experiences, from 2 to 5 April 2021. Due to market demand in the […]
March 25, 2021

Captain Cook Cruises Release Their Sailings for Easter

Easter Schedule Released Full Day and Sunset Cruises in Suva and Tivua Day Cruise over Easter. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is excited to announce their schedule for Easter for the Suva Sailings Day and Dinner, plus Tivua Island Day Cruise experiences, from 2 to 5 April 2021. Due to market […]
March 24, 2021

Aga Reef Resort among the most Instagrammable Hotels in the World

Samoa’s Aga Reef Resort has made it into round 1 of Luxury Travel Advisor’s “The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” Contest. Aga is the only resort from the South Pacific in the “Africa, Middle East and Oceania” category where it will be matched up against Kwitonda Lodge in Rwanda. […]
March 24, 2021

Samoa Tourism Authority upholds Samoa’s presence through Social Media

The Samoa Tourism Authority has embarked on a revitalised Social Media Growth Plan to drive engagement and grow its follower-base. The two-pronged plan will see additional support and investment in the areas of sponsored posts and content strategy. With ongoing travel restrictions and the opportunity to experience Samoa virtually, social […]
March 24, 2021

Google Optimisation Programme to improve Destination Content andInformation for Users

The Google Destination Optimisation Programme which is being rolled out will improve the quality of destination content and information for visitors (and locals), expand the online reach of tourism businesses and enhance the overall presentation of the destination across the largest platform on the web (Google). The Programme will conduct […]
March 24, 2021

Tour Guide students familiarise with Local Sites and Attractions

Students in the Tourism and Hospitality Certificate II in Tour Guiding course at National University of Samoa (NUS) recently visited Fuipisia Waterfalls and Namu’a Island as part of their final assessment which was a field trip. This Course is through the Government Stimulus Package (Phase 2) for the Tourism Industry, […]
March 24, 2021

Blue Lagoon Cruises – Exciting New Itineraries for Fiji Residents

AHOY!  Come and celebrate the 2021 sailing season with Blue Lagoon Cruises with the release of our exciting new itineraries.  With borders still closed, Fiji Local Residents can travel with their friends and family on one of our long weekend cruises, or those with more time can cruise on one of 5 […]
March 19, 2021

GREEN DESTINATIONS STORY AWARDS | NIUE WINS ISLANDS AND SEASIDE CATEGORY

The 2021 Green Destinations Story Awards took place last Friday, 12 March. The globally recognised award ceremony showcased the most inspirational stories of resilient tourism practices from the 2020 Top 100 Competition – sponsored by ITB and GLP Films. Applicant ECO Destinations Lord Howe Island, Townsville and Niue Island (South […]
March 19, 2021

Captain Cook Cruises : Rates and Product update 2021-2023

We are pleased to announce the extension of our fares for cruises exploring the Fiji Islands to March 2023.   We are looking forward to welcoming your clients back as soon as the borders open up. In preparation, we have been working hard to improve and maintain our ships and private island of […]
March 19, 2021

Aviation Facing Pilot Shortage After COVID-19, Study Says

The aviation industry is already facing a pilot shortage, a problem that has lessened over the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in travel restrictions and far less flights taking to the air than normal. But whenever air travel gets back to normal, or thereabouts, the pilot shortage issue is […]
March 19, 2021

Vaccinated Americans Are Ready To Travel

There are a lot of vaccinated travelers in the U.S.—and they are ready and eager to travel. A new study from Travel Leaders found that 85 percent said they have already been vaccinated or planned to get vaccinated when eligible. One in three respondents had already booked their next vacation, and […]
March 19, 2021

Women Are Making a Difference in the Hospitality Industry

Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions, progress and challenges of women around the world. In the hospitality industry, it’s also a time to recognize how female professionals are faring in a field long dominated by men. The good news is that there has been progress. According […]
March 19, 2021

New development leadership for Marriott

Marriott International has confirmed the appointments of Carlton Ervin as global development officer, international and Noah Silverman as global development officer, United States and Canada. These announcements follow the recent appointments of Anthony Capuano as chief executive officer of the company, and Stephanie Linnartz as president. As global development officer, […]
March 19, 2021

SPTO Plastic Repurposing Training Benefits Women and Local Communities in Savusavu

Twenty five women in Savusavu have received training on the repurposing of PET plastic bottles. Over the course of the three day workshop, held from 15th-17th March, the women learnt how to recycle plastic waste to make jewelry and other accessories.  Funded by the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), the three […]
March 19, 2021

ITB Berlin to return as in-person show in 2022

Organisers in Germany have confirmed ITB Berlin is scheduled to take place as an in-person event from March 9th-13th next year. The news follows the successful hosting of a digital event this year, under the title of ITB Berlin Now, which welcomed 65,700 users over the past week. The trade […]
March 19, 2021

French Polynesia issues RFP for inter-island pax services

Air Archipels (RHL, Papeete) has ordered two Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 260s from Beechcraft/Textron Aviation as part of its fleet renewal and upgrade plans. One of the turboprops will feature a large cargo door, the first of its type, for medivac flights. Due in September this year, the first aircraft will be exclusively dedicated to […]
March 19, 2021

Canberra extends A$1.2bn lifeline to Australian carriers

Australian airlines have embraced the government’s AUD1.2 billion Australian dollar (USD930 million) stimulus package for the country’s aviation and tourism industry, which includes 800,000 half-price airline tickets, cheap loans for businesses, direct support to keep aircraft flying and airline workers employed. Welcoming the lifeline, the Qantas Group and Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int’l) said it […]
March 19, 2021

Qantas launches new flights to Norfolk Island

Qantas will be broadening Aussies’ holiday options by launching flights to Norfolk Island — but it may only be for a period of three months. The new routes are made possible due to a three-month contract brokered with Qantas by the Federal Government. From March 19, the Flying Kangaroo will operate […]
March 19, 2021

Vanuatu Government Takes Control Of Air Vanuatu After Sacking Its Board

The government of the Pacific island of Vanuatu has taken control of Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila) after firing its board of directors in an effort to save the state-owned airline from bankruptcy. “The situation of the airline is very, very critical, that’s why we took this decision,” Finance Minister Johnny Koanapo, said […]