December 16, 2020

Travel Advisory: Impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa on Fiji Airways and Fiji Link Flights

A number of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights will be impacted due to projected adverse weather conditions  associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Yasa in the region. A number of domestic Fiji Link flights for Thursday 17 December and Friday 18 December will be cancelled, and impacted customers will […]
December 16, 2020

PASO NEWS – 2021 Pacific Regional Aviation Minister’s Meeting Proceeding

Regional preparations are underway for a virtual Regional Aviation Minister’s Meeting (RAMM) in April 2021 to progress Pacific aviation solutions, after the planned March 2020 RAMM in Papua New Guinea was postponed due to COVID-19 disruption. At a Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Special Council Meeting hosted virtually on Wednesday, […]
December 15, 2020

Newly Announced Travel Bubbles Inspire Confidence In The Pacific

Plans for an Australian travel bubble with New Zealand have reignited hopes that tourism dependent countries across the Pacific will also soon be able to open their international borders to tourists. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated economies around the world but Fiji has been hit particularly hard by international travel […]
December 15, 2020

UNWTO And CNN Partner For Global #RestartTourism Campaign

After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and “travel tomorrow”, the World Tourism Organization and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway. Centred around a 45-second film launched […]
December 14, 2020

CNMI To Open Travel Bubble With South Korea

A travel bubble is set to open between the Northern Marianas and South Korea on 8 January with a charter flight from South Korea. Under the arrangement, tourists must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before arriving in the Northern Marianas. They will then take another test […]
December 12, 2020

Cook Islands And New Zealand Announce Quarantine-Free Travel For Q1 2021

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Hon Mark Brown have agreed an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands’. Both Prime Ministers and their Cabinets have instructed officials to continue working together to […]
December 11, 2020

Terau and Mary’s Win at National Business Awards

Terau Beach Bungalow in Abaiang and Mary’s Motel in Bairiki scooped the top prizes for Best Accommodation Hospitality categories for the Outer Islands and South Tarawa respectively at the 2020 National Business Awards. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) on the 05 December […]
December 10, 2020

Man Buys Turtles Only to Release Them at Sea

While searching for crabs last Saturday along the Suva foreshore, Jone Tanuku and his employer Jason Yang Guangxin met a young boy who discreetly told them he had a pair of live turtles for sale. After some negotiation, Mr Guangxin parted with $100 for both turtles. Mr Tanuku’s fears about […]
December 10, 2020

Early Bird Savings on South East Asia Sailings 2021/22

Tall-ship sailing company, Star Clippers, is offering early bird savings on sailings in South East Asia departing November 2021 through to March 2022. Available to book until 30 April 2021, save up to 30%* on 17 of Star Clippers idyllic island sailings around Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, PLUS receive a free hotel […]
December 10, 2020

Vinaka Fiji 2020 Achievements

Although 2020 is not what we had all planned, we are working hard to see the positives and as such we want to communicate some of our achievements with Vinaka Fiji this year. Whilst we did not have the volunteer numbers that open borders give us, we still managed to achieve […]
December 10, 2020

COVID-19, Slow Progress, Ongoing Vulnerability for Pacific Sustainable Development, says new report

An updated regional report on sustainable development across the region is aimed at ensuring Pacific People’s well-being through the Blue Pacific identity, the proposed 2050 Strategy and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.  But she says slow progress and ongoing […]
December 10, 2020

Proud Moment for Top Samoan Woman

A Samoan has become the University of Otago’s first female doctor promoted to Professor. Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, the daughter of Reverend Nomeneta and Lili Sopoaga, from Fagaloa, is also the first female Pacific medical doctor to become a Professor in Australia. She joins 25 other academics promoted this week, […]
December 10, 2020

BookingSamoa wins Seedstars, Eyes Regional Prize

A business start-up that set up an online travel service targeting local small to medium-sized enterprises is the winner of the Seedstars competition in Samoa and will now move to compete at the regional level. BookingSamoa – a business start-up created by residents, Geoff Cullen and Kevin Hartin – will […]
December 10, 2020

Happy Tokelauans Will be Home for Christmas

It will be the longest 24 hours at sea for 33 Tokelauans who are finally heading home after spending almost a month in a quarantine hotel in Samoa But the trip is expected to be one of the happiest for the islanders who set sail from Samoa on Wednesday relieved […]
December 10, 2020

 Shangri-La Fiji – Festive Season Special Packages

If you are still looking for a place to celebrate Christmas and New Year 2020, the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa prepared a very special accommodation package that included special evenings to celebrate the festive season and New Years The detail is included on the two flyers below. Celebrates Festive […]
December 10, 2020

Fijians Encouraged to Complete Local Tourism Survey

A local tourism survey will be conducted over the next two weeks through Vodafone and Digicel as well as through social media and other electronic platforms. Data gathered from the survey will be analysed and made available to local tourism operators to better package and price their products for the […]
December 9, 2020

Coconut Tea Waiting For Export

Owner of ‘Especially Local’ Sera Tari is eager to enter the export business with her new product called ‘Coconut Tea’. The home-grown organic island brew was developed by the local entrepreneur in 2018 and now she is ready to test the international export waters. “I tried it out in 2018 […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Latest To Offer Free Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific is seeking to help customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong to provide free Covid-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly. Customers who travel with Cathay Pacific before February 28th will be covered for medical expenses related to a Covid-19 diagnosis incurred […]
December 9, 2020

Facebook Study Reveals Impact of COVID-19 On Tourism Industry

Facebook today released its ‘State of Small Business Report’, based on the ‘Future of Business Survey’—an ongoing collaborative effort conducted alongside the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Over the past six months, over 150,000 small businesses around the globe have been surveyed as part […]
December 9, 2020

Trudeau: COVID-19 Vaccinations Will Start Next Week, If Health Canada Approves

Pending Health Canada approval, “Canadians will be getting vaccinated starting next week,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference on Monday (Dec. 7). Trudeau said that Canada has secured an agreement to receive its first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this month, a delivery that amounts to up to 249,000 doses. “We’re facing the […]