January 4, 2021

Fiji Allows Passenger Flights Back in After Reviewing Border Processes

Fiji’s government is again allowing passenger flights into the country. The flights were suspended last week after a new variant of Covid-19 was confirmed in the United Kingdom. The government said it would allow for a review of its border processes, which includes two weeks’ quarantine. The country’s Covid-19 mitigation […]
January 4, 2021

First Batch of Covid Vaccines Arrive in Palau

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines arrived in Palau early on Saturday morning, greeted on the tarmac by the president-elect and health minister. Health minister Emais Roberts said 2,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived on a special flight from the United States. “Vaccines arrived,” Roberts said in a text […]
December 30, 2020

Cook Islands, Niue Travel Bubble Could Start To Open As Early As January, According To Local Officials

Officials in the Cook Islands have indicated that a travel bubble with New Zealand may start as early as next month. That is at least two months earlier than what the Government here has said in the past few weeks – that the air bridge would be established by the […]
December 30, 2020

Marshalls First Independent Pacific Nation To Launch Covid Vaccines

The Marshall Islands has become the first independent nation in the Pacific region to begin Covid-19 vaccinations, with high-ranking leaders and Ministry of Health doctors and nurses being administered US-provided medicine. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delivered an initial batch of 1200 vaccines to Majuro  on Tuesday morning and […]
December 30, 2020

Aircalin Joins The A320neo Club

New Caledonian carrier Aircalin has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1000 turbofans and has 168 seats in a single class layout, says Airbus. The airframer says that the type will allow Aircalin to open new Pacific routes. “With its […]
December 30, 2020

Amid pandemic, Pacific Islands Work To Offset Food Shortages

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain that brings crucial food imports and sending prices soaring as tourism wanes. With a food crisis looming, many governments have begun community […]
December 24, 2020

UN and Pacific Tourism Organisation host roundtable on sustainable tourism and COVID-19 recovery

The United Nations [UN] in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)] Monday hosted a roundtable dedicated to the theme of ‘Restarting Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific’.   The initiative brought together governments, international development partners and key stakeholders in the tourism industry, from Fiji, Vanuatu and Palau, to share […]
December 24, 2020

Airport Vanuatu: Financial Year 2019 Dividend

Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) has declared a financial dividend for the year ending September 2019 and today was proud to present a cheque to our Prime Minister, Hon. Bob Loughman, and Shareholders, Minister for Finance, Hon. Johnny Koanapo Rasou, and Minister Infrastructure & Public Utilities, Hon. Jay Ngwele. The Prime […]
December 24, 2020

As 2020 Ends, Tourism Looks Forward With Determination

We are almost at the end of what has been the most challenging year in the history of tourism. Almost overnight, the pandemic brought global tourism to a complete standstill. Millions of people missed chances to explore different places and embrace different cultures and customs. And the world lost out on opportunities for tourism to create jobs, […]
December 24, 2020

Rural Development and Recovery Focus Of Executive Training Programme

Tourism leaders from 18 countries met for the 14th annual UNWTO Asia-Pacific Executive Training Programme. In line with UNWTO’s Year of Tourism and Rural Development, the three-day programme focused on sharing knowledge and good practice relating to harnessing the power of the sector to create opportunities for all outside of […]
December 24, 2020

Tourism Solomons Coronavirus Update – further DOI directive

Tourism Solomons advises as part of a further Solomon Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) directive, all air passengers who have travelled from or transited through China 14 days before arriving in the Solomon Islands will not be permitted entry. The ruling also extends to passengers from affected countries travelling via […]
December 24, 2020

Tourism Solomons Reset And Ready For Positive 2021

Describing 2020 as the “most challenging time most of us have endured in our lifetimes” Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the national tourism office has “reset” and is “ready to go” the moment the global travel situation is resolved and the Solomon Islands can once more receive international […]
December 24, 2020

The Journey Back to Recovery – Resources to Develop Tourism Sustainably

Since the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism to a halt, queues to see the world’s most beautiful, natural wonders have disappeared. Gone are the clicking sounds of photos being snapped of wildlife through big lens cameras. On many island destinations like Hawaii and Fiji, beaches have been devoid of tourists due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. 
December 24, 2020

Youth Recognised At Conference As The “Custodians Of The Future”

Approximately half of the world’s population is under 30 years old, adding greater meaning to the popular notion, “Youth are the custodians of the future.” Any decision made today will have a direct effect on the future lives of our youth and highlights the important role young people can play as key future decision makers. Around the world, the role and engagement of youth is consistently highlighted, with countries, organisations and groups seeking to support the voice and participation of youth, especially with concern to sustainable development, climate change and environmental issues.
December 24, 2020

Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam

Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen. “Yet I need seaweed.”
December 24, 2020

Environment Impact Assessments Tools Vital For Sustainable Tourism Development

Sustainable tourism development, as defined by the World Tourism Organization, is tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.  The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the leading regional agency for the protection of the environment in the Pacific, has contributed to strengthening sustainable tourism development in the Pacific by developing various environmental planning and assessment tools, which were highlighted during the second day of the 10th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. 
December 24, 2020

SPTO launches Virtual Training on Plastics Repurposing in Kiribati through the Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has completed its first virtual training on plastic waste reduction with the Tourism Authority of Kiribati. The initiative is part of a joint CROP programme on capacity building for small island states, between Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and SPTO. The workshop was delivered via pre-recorded instructional videos and live interactive sessions from 14th – 18th December.
December 23, 2020

Pacific Tourism Organisation and Haiyi Institute Confirm Partnership

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Haiyi Institute of China have confirmed a three year partnership by way of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organisations. The purpose of the MOU is to foster collaboration in the areas of tourism research, professional development, internships and work attachment […]
December 23, 2020

Reimagining Travel in a Post-COVID-19 World

The world of travel may never be the same, but that doesn’t mean the industry of travel is dead. Navigating travel in a post-COVID-19 world is undeniably difficult, but despite all the ambiguity, and understandable stress surrounding health and safety as a traveler, there are companies that are on a mission to […]
December 23, 2020

NCL: New Trade Rewards On Way

NCL will launch a new rewards programme, Partners First Rewards, next year. Designed for travel agents in New Zealand and Australia, it will cover three key areas:• Regular incentives, exclusive to Partners First Rewards members; • NCL Legends, rewarding top sellers from each BDM’s region across Australia and New Zealand […]