March 5, 2021

Carnival Launches Virtual Event Series ‘From the Funnel’

Carnival Cruise Line is launching “From the Funnel,” a series of webcasts hosted by the line’s business development directors from across North America. The new series is aimed to help the line’s travel partners. The “From the Funnel” event schedule will be posted on GoCCL.com with a variety of sessions […]
March 5, 2021

SPTO Acknowledges Inspiring Female Leadership

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, SPTO would like to acknowledge the women occupying important leadership roles of the organisation.SPTO comprises of 21 government members, all of whom have a seat on the Board of Directors. In 2021 the organisation is proud to acknowledge that six seats […]
March 5, 2021

COVID-19 and Impacted Air Service

.Last week down-under, SYD airport released their FY20 results followed the next day by both NZ & QF releasing their 1H FY21 results. A review of the airlines commentary pertaining to Air Service Development (“ASD”) is noted below. As expected, the financial results reflect similar circumstances globally, and much was […]
March 4, 2021

Update from the Division

Mauri from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division (STRD)! In this issue, we are pleased to present the newly formatted Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat, which our division produces on a monthly basis. The newsletter will now feature one SPTO member country per issue, with the aim of highlighting key initiatives being […]
March 4, 2021

New agreement set to strengthen conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Pacific

Conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Pacific were strengthened this week thanks to a new agreement between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Pacific Community (SPC). The agreement will see both organisations working to identify common work areas with greatest potential impact for the Pacific […]
March 4, 2021

An update from Research and Statistics: Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy (PTSS)

With a focus on the development and strengthening of the tourism information statistical base in the region, the development of the PTSS is underway with the recruitment of the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group) to lead this work. With extensive experience in the fields of Statistical Development […]
March 4, 2021

TAK CEO Completes Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Through the SPTO, TAK CEO, Petero Manufolau, has completed the Sustainable Tourism Training Program conducted by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The training will assist TAK as they prepare for the development of the Kiribati Sustainable Tourism Policy, will provide the parameter on which the Kiribati National Tourism Development […]
March 4, 2021

Kiribati – Towards 2030

Pillar 1 of the Government of Kiribati (GoK) 20-year vision (KV20) recognises that sustainable tourism will contribute to economic development through employment and job creation, income generation, as well as supporting the retention of cultural traditions, management of national environmental assets and wider contributions towards social–economic benefits. GoK also recognises […]
March 4, 2021

Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative Implemented in Kiribati

Introduced in Kiribati in December 2020, the PTWAI workshop was delivered virtually to 30 participants via a series of pre-recorded instructional videos and live interactive sessions. Guided by SPTO Creative Consultant, Warwick Marlow, the participants learnt how to make jewellery and other items from PET plastic bottles collected from surrounding […]
March 3, 2021

Business Performance Improvement

Business Performance Improvement’s mission is focused on helping businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using the popular Lean and Six Sigma improvement methods. We offer free training on how to reduce time and effort at home and at work, and reduce the environmental impacts of your activities to […]
March 3, 2021

Pacific Storytelling

Pacific Storytelling is a tourism sales and marketing representation agency based in Los Angles, representing the tourism interests of the South Pacific to the North American Travel Market. Our mission is to enable the sharing of stories from an indigenous viewpoint and to help grow the cultural capability of the […]
February 26, 2021

Australia’s Qantas says it will resume international flights in October of 2021

Australian airline Qantas said it plans to resume international flights by the end of October, 2021.The company released its half-year financial results on Wednesday and included the confirmation that it has a plan to restore international flights by the fall. That applies to both Qantas itself and to Jetstar, the […]
February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Continue to Fuel Travelers’ Optimism

The latest Longwoods International tracking study of Americans’ collective sentiment towards travel has shown that roughly 80 percent of travelers have established travel plans during the next sixth months. That figure has remained steady since the study’s last wave, published two weeks prior, and represents an all-time high in pandemic-era travel planning—even […]
February 26, 2021

Harnessing The Power Of Culture And Creativity In Tourism Recovery

The shared values and close ties between tourism and culture stakeholders means both sectors can work together to ensure inclusive access to heritage, as countries around the world recover from the pandemic. In recognition of this mutually reinforcing relationship, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UNESCO have collaborated to produce […]
February 26, 2021

Tripadvisor launches live sentiment dashboard to support global tourism recovery

Tripadvisor has announced the arrival of a live data intelligence dashboard available to destination marketing organisations (DMOs), powered by Tourism Sentiment Index. This offering is part of Tripadvisor’s wider suite of data intelligence products for DMOs, known as the Tripadvisor Insights Platform. The live dashboard provides clients with essential word-of-mouth […]
February 26, 2021

Marriott Names Tony Capuano as New CEO

Marriott International Inc. MAR -4.70% has tapped Tony Capuano as its new chief executive officer, picking a longtime veteran of the world’s largest hotel company to steer it through the industry’s most crippling period in memory. Mr. Capuano, 55 years old, has been with the company for 25 years and was most recently a […]
February 26, 2021

Air Service Development relevant commentary – the Grand Bargain: get the vaccine, get your life back – including travel

SYD has released their final financial results for FY2020. All the reports and associated presentations can be found here: https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/investor SYD remains the largest airport in the region, and their commentary regarding the ongoing challenges facing the aviation industry and air service development (ASD), can be insightful. Looking through the […]
February 26, 2021

Covid-19: Kiwis Should Expect To Pay More For Pacific Travel When Borders Reopen – Experts

Travel to the Pacific looks more hopeful this year with the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine, but Kiwis should expect to pay more to travel to the islands when borders finally re-open, experts say. Regina Scheyvens, Massey University’s Pacific professor for development studies, said the pandemic had a gruelling effect on Pacific economies that […]
February 26, 2021

Airports Vanuatu Ltd Welcomes The Tamtam Travel Bubble Announcement

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) wishes to congratulate the Government of Vanuatu on the announcement of the Tamtam Travel Bubble with New Caledonia. Tamtam Travel Bubble with New Caledonia announced by Hon. Bob Weibur Loughman, Prime Minister Prime Minister, Hon. Bob Weibur Loughman, has announced the first steps in the Tamtam […]
February 26, 2021

2021 Tourism in Focus summit to set direction for domestic tourism and life beyond COVID-19

Honiara, Solomon Islands – Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has described the Tourism in Focus’ summit taking place in Honiara on Friday, as the most significant gathering of Solomon Islands industry leaders in the last 14 months, More than 80 delegates have now registered for the ‘Lokol Tourism – […]