February 26, 2021

Samoa Tourism Sector – first to pilot the EPIC Tool in the Pacific

The Samoa Tourism Sector is the first to pilot a very useful tool that can assist all sectors with the review of their respective Sector Plans called the – Every Policy Is Connected (EPIC) Tool. The EPIC tool which is an online app that replaces the Excel tool, identifies the […]
February 26, 2021

Expedia Cruises has unveiled a new suite of tools to support its Vacation Consultants

Designed to help cruise lines, franchise partners and agents more easily search for, choose and distribute cruises, the new tools were launched in response to North America search data in Q4 last year, which found that there is substantial pent-up demand for cruises in 2021. “The cruise industry is experiencing […]
February 26, 2021

Climate Change: Now is not the time to mince words

There is no greater long-term challenge confronting the United States and the world than climate change. The progress we make in the United States is crucial. At the same time, with more than 85% of global emissions coming from beyond our borders, we need the rest of the world to […]
February 26, 2021

Survey Shows Increasing Optimistic Outlook in Pacific Businesses

The month’s Pacific Business Monitor, a regular survey tracking the effects of COVID-19 on businesses in the Pacific region by the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) global network, indicates an increasingly optimistic trajectory in business outlook, despite a decrease in business confidence Since tracking began in May 2020, between 84 and […]
February 25, 2021

‘Iumi Tugeda Holiday Packages’ Domestic Bubble Initiative Timely Lifeline for Tourism Industry

Minister for Culture & Tourism (MCT), the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo will tomorrow (Friday, 26 February) officially launch a new series of domestic travel packages aimed specifically at stimulating business for local operators struggling to stay afloat in the current environment. An MCT initiative in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Services […]
February 25, 2021

Vanuatu Government Begins Implementation Of Tamtam Travel Bubble

Port Vila, Vanuatu 24 February 2021: The Vanuatu Government has officially announced that it has started implementing the Tamtam Travel Bubble. The Tamtam Travel Bubble was first announced during the celebrations of Vanuatu’s fortieth anniversary of Independence in 2020. It provides a staged pathway for the safe re-opening of Vanuatu’s […]
February 25, 2021

Sea Cloud to Start Cruising in May

Sea Cloud Cruises has announced it will resume operations on May 7, 2021 with the Sea cloud sailing from Piraeus. All voyages until the middle of August 2021 will comply with current COVID-19 related restrictions and the company´s hygiene and prevention protocols have been certified by DNV GL. With the […]
February 25, 2021

Costa Restarts Cruises With New Program From March 27

Costa Cruises will be restarting service on the Costa Smeralda from March 27 and on the Costa Luminosa from May 2. This was announced by its parent company, Carnival Corporation, in a press release. “The cruise ships of Costa Cruises … are ready to set sail again and offer guests […]
February 25, 2021

AIDA Announces Start of Season on March 20

AIDA Cruises has announced that it will open its 2021 cruise season starting March 20 with the AIDAperla sailing around the Canary Islands. The German cruise line said that the Canaries is a favorite “fly and cruise” vacation for German travelers looking to enjoy the region’s “eternal spring” weather and […]
February 24, 2021

Tahiti Islands Travel Wins 1st Grand DMC Champions Award for 2021 For Traveller Made

For the second year in a row, Tahiti Islands Travel was presented with the prestigious Grand DMC Champions Award this week in recognition of our commitment to providing the best service to our partners and our mutual clients. This award is voted on by the travel advisor community and is […]
February 24, 2021

Renovations of Tourism Sites Aim to Increase Economic Value for Samoan Economy

Generating more economic opportunities for the Samoa Tourism Industry is the objective of continuous development works by the Government including renovation of tourist sites. The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) is leading ongoing renovation works for sites within the country, with the kind assistance from the Government of NZ through the […]
February 24, 2021

Air NZ Trials ‘vaccine passport’, a Glimpse of Post-COVID Travel

Air New Zealand will ask passengers to use a digital health pass on flights to Australia in a trial run of a “vaccine passport” system for travellers to prove they have been immunised against COVID-19. The Kiwi airline said on Monday it will test the industry-developed Travel Pass app on Auckland-Sydney flights […]
February 24, 2021

Warwick Fiji “Week-end Getaway”

Perfectly positioned between Suva and Nadi, along a stretch of golden sandy beach with crystal clear lagoons in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast WARWICK FIJI is the perfect getaway location for friends and family. (please open the download button below to view the flyers”) Warwick-Fiji-weekend-getawayDownload (Source: Warwick Fiji media […]
February 20, 2021

Vanuatu And New Caledonia Launch Safe Travel Tamtam Bubble

Vanuatu’s prime minister has announced the creation of a safe travel bubble between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. From April, the so-called ‘Tamtam Bubble’ will allow easier travel between the covid-free Melanesian neighbours. Travel will be restricted to Vanuatu’s main island of Efate. Launching the bubble on Friday, Bob Loughman said […]
February 19, 2021

SPTO Plastic Tourism Waste Action Initiative set to benefit 3 more Small Island States

Planning is underway for the implementation of the SPTO Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative (PTWAI) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The initiative entails a practical skills development training on PET plastics repurposing, targeting community level participants. The workshops will […]
February 19, 2021

It is time to end extractive tourism

As we draw closer to the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, many are hopeful that the vaccine roll-out will help us return to our pre-pandemic “normal”. For a certain privileged group of people, this would mean getting back the “freedom” to travel anywhere […]
February 19, 2021

Transforming Tourism: UNWTO Global Startup Competition Winners Announced

Startups from around the world have been recognized for their unique contributions to sustainable and responsible tourism in the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition. The competition, which was supported by the United Nations Innovation Network, attracted some 10,000 initial proposals. From these, the jury chose 25 winners from 18 countries, […]
February 19, 2021

Pacific Islanders Turn to Local Economies to Drive Post-pandemic Recovery

While Pacific Island countries have, so far, been spared a catastrophic spread of COVID-19, their economies have been devastated by the effects of border closures, internal lockdowns and the demise of international tourism and trade. With the global pandemic far from over, Pacific Islanders are looking to their local and […]
February 19, 2021

Government sticking to target for travel bubble

Despites key setbacks this week, Government is sticking to its target of opening the border to two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand by the end of next month. With new community cases in Auckland and ongoing delays in setting up mass Covid-19 testing capabilities at Rarotonga Hospital, the Government is […]
February 19, 2021

P&O Australia Targets June Cruise Start

P&O Cruises Australia announced that it “is maintaining its optimism for the ultimate restart of cruising while, in the meantime, again taking a practical approach in extending its current operational pause to departures on or before 18 June, 2021.” Guests with bookings affected by the pause extension are being given […]