December 21, 2020

Samoa Modifies State of Emergency

The Samoan government has made some significant changes to the State of Emergency Orders for the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet has decided that supermarkets can be open on Sundays from 3pm till 10pm. They have also been allowed to open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Saturday each week. Restaurants […]
December 21, 2020

American Samoa starts Covid-19 vaccinations

The vaccination of health workers and first responders in American Samoa with the Pfizer Covid vaccine is to begin this morning. The first shipment of the vaccine arrived on the Asia Pacific cargo plane yesterday afternoon. From the airport the boxes containing the vaccine were transported to the Tafuna Community […]
December 18, 2020

Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to all of the finalists in this year’s Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards for the 2018 – 2019 year. It was a spectacular evening under the Domes at the National Auditorium. Meitaki ma’ata to the Sponsors, Awards Committee, Industry Council, Cook Islands Prime Minister the Hon. Mark […]
December 17, 2020

Tourism Back To 1990 Levels As Arrivals Fall By More Than 70%

International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism […]
December 17, 2020

Covid-19 Wiped Out 81M Jobs In Asia-Pacific This Year: UN Agency

The economic blow from the coronavirus has wiped out 81 million jobs across Asia-Pacific this year, with women and young people disproportionately affected, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). “Covid-19 has inflicted a hammer-blow on the region’s labour markets,” Ms Chihoko Asada Miyakawa, the group’s regional director for Asia […]
December 17, 2020

Asia Pacific Can Lay The Foundation For Healthier, More Sustainable Post-Pandemic Growth

Orderly and strategic tourism policy responses can mitigate the worst negative impacts of COVID-19 and, in some cases, lay a foundation for healthier, more sustainable post-pandemic growth, according to a report by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), conducted by  Clickable Impact Consulting Group and supported by the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), […]
December 17, 2020

Diversification, Digitization And Duty Of Care To Drive Business Travel Recovery In Asia Pacific

A revival in APAC business travel will vary across sectors and will accelerate revenue diversification and digitization in the industry, according to executives from business travel agencies. The perspectives were shared in Amadeus’ new report “Reboot. Recharge. Rethink Business Travel”, that explores the factors and trends influencing the timeline for global business travel recovery. The […]
December 17, 2020

Can Chinese Tourists Save The World?

According to UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP and 1 in 10 jobs in the world. And China is the world’s largest market for outbound travel with its outbound travelers skyrocketing from 4.5 million in 2000 to 150 million in 2018, according to a 2019 […]
December 17, 2020

Hilton reaches one million room milestone

In a year when the travel industry has faced challenges like never before, Hilton has reached a historic milestone. Even as the company faced the biggest test in its 101-year history, its resilient, capital-light business model enabled it to reach the one million room milestone in the fourth quarter. Only […]
December 17, 2020

State Of Disaster In Fiji As Cyclone Yasa Bears Down

A state of disaster has been declared in Fiji, with a powerful cyclone due to bear down on much of the country overnight. Cyclone Yasa is due to make landfall on Fiji’s two main islands this evening, with winds gusting as high as 350 kilometres per hour. A nationwide curfew […]
December 17, 2020

Kiribati Hosts Virtual Plastic Repurposing Training

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), launched the region’s first Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative Virtual Training on Monday 14 December 2020 at the AMAK Centre in Bikenibeu, Tarawa. Funded through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s (PIFS) CROP Attachment Programme, the training […]
December 17, 2020

Fiji Tourism Hit With Climate, Pandemic Double Whammy

Fiji dive operator Ashwin Pal was living his dream until the global pandemic hit, guiding tourists around an underwater wonderland of dazzling Pacific coral reefs. Now the 35-year-old hunts the neon-hued fish he once proudly showed off to international visitors, forced to kill the creatures he loves to feed his […]
December 17, 2020

New Zealand and Niue agree to deal outlining steps toward quarantine-free travel bubble

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi have announced the next steps being taken towards quarantine-free travel between the two countries.  Negotiations on the text of an official ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between Niue and New Zealand’ have concluded and both governments have agreed […]
December 17, 2020

Hilton Expands Presence In French Polynesia With Signing Of Hilton Tahiti

SYDNEY, Australia – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of its second Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel in French Polynesia. Under a management agreement with Hotel Tahiti SAS, Hilton will manage Hilton Tahiti in the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete, the vast territory’s main centre of government and economic activity. A major conversion […]
December 17, 2020

NZ ready to provide $75m for Pacific and global COVID-19 vaccination support

New Zealand is preparing to support our Pacific partners to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at the earliest opportunity, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio say. “Pacific countries have worked hard to keep COVID-19 out, or to stamp it out, and New Zealand […]
December 17, 2020

Launch of the Duavata Conservation Leadership Programme

We trust this finds you safe and well. As we approach the end of 2020 and reflect on what has been a roller coaster of a year, we hope that you don’t mind us contacting you with a bit of a request to help us do what we do best.  […]
December 17, 2020

Merry Christmas from PNG Trekking Adventures

Our team here at PNG Trekking Adventures would like to thank our trekkers and friends for their continued support.  2020 has been a challenging year. There has been many ups and downs which has impacted us all emotionally and financially.  Despite this and the complete shutdown of tourism due to the COVID-19 […]
December 16, 2020

Blue Lagoon Cruises – New Locals Cruise Departure Dates Announced

Due to the success of our first five Summer Series cruise departure dates, we are adding two further cruise departures into the schedule 3 Night Summer Series CruiseThursday 21 to Sunday 24 January 2021 We are pleased to announce a 4 day, 3-night cruise exploring the beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. This cruise includes all […]
December 16, 2020

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of Services

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of our Services through to 28 February 2021 – Issue 9, 15 December 2020 South Sea Cruises has made the decision to further extend the temporary suspension of our services through to 28 February 2021. It has become clear that travel from the key source markets […]
December 16, 2020

Australia a Committed Partner in Combatting Climate Change

It has been an extraordinary year for Vanuatu and Australia. Together, we have faced a series of complex challenges, including a global pandemic, bushfires, tropical cyclones and volcanic ashfall. Australia congratulates Vanuatu for its significant efforts to plan for and respond to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold. Australia is proud to […]