December 9, 2020

Westpac Withdraws from the Pacific

PNG-based Kina Securities Ltd, which owns Kina Bank, has entered into sale and purchase agreements with Westpac. Kina Securities has announced it is to acquire 89.91 percent of Westpac’s banking operations in PNG and 100 percent of its Fiji operations. The overall purchase price is $US311 million, or over a […]
December 9, 2020

Cathay Pacific Provides Free COVID-19 Insurance Cover for All Passengers

Collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited, Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 cover to all passengers who fly with Cathay Pacific, effective immediately through to 28 February 2021. The insurance cover is automatically applied when customers book their flight, and offers cover for medical expenses related to a COVID-19 […]
December 9, 2020

NCL to Launch Rewards Program for Travel Agents

In recognition of the very valuable travel agents in Australia and New Zealand, and their ongoing support and bookings, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that it will launch a new rewards program, ‘Partners First Rewards’, to reward agents, in 2021. The new rewards program will cover three key areas:· […]
December 9, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine: First Person Receives Pfizer Jab In UK

A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said the injection she received at 06:31 GMT was the “best early birthday present”. It was the first […]
December 9, 2020

Win Prizes Before Xmas with Exciting New PNG Training Website Modules

Built on input from agents, on what training and information was needed to support them to sell Papua New Guinea, the new destination training website, launched by Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) this month, aims to immerse agents in the unique stories of this exciting destination. We are really hopeful […]
December 9, 2020

EU Reaches Accord with African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

Negotiators clinched a political deal last Thursday on a new, 20-year treaty that will broadly define relations between the EU’s 27 member countries and 79 nations that belong to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) The new treaty will replace the Cotonou Agreement, which was enacted in 2000 […]
December 9, 2020

Whyte Remains Optimistic

The Sigatoka River Safari has this year incurred a substantial loss because of COVID-19. However, managing director Jay Whyte is adamant that business would soon pick up for them. He said as a result of the pandemic the business had only been able to employ a few of its staff. […]
December 8, 2020

70% Of Destinations Have Lifted Travel Restrictions, But Global Gap Emerging

The number of destinations closed to international tourism has continued to fall. According to the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 70% of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparison, just one in four destinations continue to keep their […]
December 8, 2020

Fiji Welcomes Private Island Vacation

As part of Phase 2 of the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework (Framework), on behalf of the Fijian Government, the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) is pleased to announce the “Luxury Vacation in Paradise” initiative in partnership with Fiji Airways and the Fijian tourism industry. Globally, services-driven countries are […]
December 7, 2020

Tourism professor Angela Fa‘anunu sees the economic slowdown as a chance to develop agritourism

Assistant Prof. Fa‘anunu challenges her students to reimagine the conventional mass tourism industry in favor of alternative, more regenerative models centered around agritourism and indigenous tourism. Angela Fa‘anunu, assistant professor of tourism at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, is no stranger to teaching innovative strategies to her classes on sustainable […]
December 4, 2020

World Travel & Tourism Council Calls for 72-Hour Quarantine-Free Journeys

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has said that international business travel could restart if agreements are secured to safeguard journeys of up to 72-hours free from quarantines. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EASA/ECDC) have joined forces to call […]
December 4, 2020

First Batch Of Vaccines Arrives In The United Kingdom

The first consignment of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has arrived in the UK. It has been taken to a central hub at an undisclosed location, and will now be distributed to hospital vaccination centres around the UK. The UK has ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million […]
December 4, 2020

New at ZQN hotel

Carl Amos is now general manager, Mipad Hotel Queenstown.He joins the hotel from Hospitality New Zealand where he was marketing,communications and events manager. Prior to this, Amos was based in Wellington at Tourism IndustryAotearoa leading the partnerships area, the commercial componentfor the delivery of TIA’s annual key tourism events. Before […]
December 4, 2020

Climate Risk Insurance Initiative For The Pacific Officially Launched

In a landmark event held today, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Jonathan Curr launched the Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era: Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme. It is a first of its kind initiative for the region where market-based climate risk insurance solutions will […]
December 4, 2020

Maintaining Her Father’s Legacy Through Seaweed Farming

Teue Sito started seaweed farming in 2004 when she was only 7 years old. Her father taught her the basics and over time seaweed farming has become her main source of income. Teue comes from Wagina, where most of her family engages in seaweed farming. Now 23 years of age […]
December 4, 2020

Pasifika Families Miss Out Celebrating Christmas Together

Border restrictions in the Pacific due to Covid-19 are keeping Pasifika families apart over Christmas. For many families, it’s an annual tradition to travel to the islands to see their families and re-connect with their culture, and for others it is a long awaited holiday away from New Zealand. Kaumosi […]
December 4, 2020

Cook Island Travel Bubble Delay ‘Extremely Frustrating’ For Operators

Some Cook Islands business operators are feeling deflated after months of promised updates and ongoing delays to a travel bubble with New Zealand. The last vet is due to leave the islands soon, while restaurants and hotels there have spent weeks setting up social distancing and contact tracing arrangements. Covid-19 […]
December 4, 2020

No Hope Of Pacific Travel Bubble Before Christmas – NZ Covid-19 Response Minister

A travel bubble with the Cook Islands will not be in place before Christmas. New Zealand officials travelled to the Cook Islands last month to investigate a possible travel bubble. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said preliminary advice suggested they were confident with the border restrictions in place. However, he […]
December 4, 2020

Accessible Tourism Identified As ‘Game Changer’ For Destinations

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. A new set of  Inclusive Recovery Guides from the World Tourism Organization, produced in partnership with the European Network for Accessible […]
December 3, 2020

Covid-19 Impacts on Pacific Business Improving Slightly – Report

Australia’s Pacific Trade Invest Commission says the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a negative impact on businesses in the region as borders remain closed. In its Pacific Business Monitor, the commission said the top three challenges for the Pacific as a result of Covid-19, remained poor cashflow, impact of […]