December 3, 2020

New Zealand Defence Force Delivers Water Tanks, Renewable Energy Equipment to Tokelau

Tokelauans are to have more drinking water on tap following a major logistical operation by the New Zealand Defence Force. The NZDF operation also delivered equipment to assist Tokelau’s plans for greater use of renewable energy. Over the past few weeks the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury has […]
December 3, 2020

American Samoa Health Department Disappointed Governor Rejected US Mission Stopover Due to Covid-19 Concerns

The American Samoa Department of Health apparently set up a plan to accommodate the US government mission to Antarctica which was later denied access by the local governor. Three planes carrying 31 people were due to arrive in American Samoa last weekend and it was planned that he travellers would […]
December 3, 2020

Miss Solomon Islands and Climate Action

Throughout this year and despite the challenges brought forward by the Covid 19 global pandemic, Miss Solomon Islands Gladys Habu has continued to perform her role in various ways. Apart from her daily job as a pharmacist at the National Referral Hospital as well as her work as being Miss Solomon Islands […]
December 3, 2020

Government Seals Decision on Facebook

The government is adamant that Facebook will be temporarily suspended in Solomon Islands. Communication and Civil Aviation Minister, Peter Shanel Agovaka in a press conference confirmed the government’s decision to suspend Facebook. “The government has now decided to temporarily suspend access to Facebook in the country while policy and lawmakers […]
December 2, 2020

Air Vanuatu has Appointed New Zealand-Tongan resident ‘Atu Finau as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“In appointing you to this position the board has confidence in your professionalism and ability that you will successfully perform the role and responsibilities to the best of your knowledge and to working together carry out the vision of the current board as mandated by the Shareholders in the best […]
December 2, 2020

Tower Announces Major Investment into Pacific Insurance Digitisation

New Zealand and Pacific Insurer Tower Limited (NZX/ASX: TWR) announced it will be rolling out new digital technology to make life easier for its Pacific customers following this week’s profit announcement. In a release to markets, Tower (which also trades as National Pacific Insurance in Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa) […]
December 2, 2020

Congratulations Lisa Richards from Kotuku Adventures

Lisa is a travel agent from Kotuku Adventures C/o Mana Toa Travel and also a Cruise Liner Specialist with Princess Cruises, based in Northland New Zealand.  She has completed her South Pacific Specialist online training successfully.  Her agent specializes in packages that are sold nationally and Internationally including holidays in […]
December 2, 2020

CLIA Outlines New Health Measures for Pathway to Cruise Resumption

With the help of international medical experts, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has developed a range of new health measures in advance of a carefully controlled resumption of local cruise ship operations in Australia. Key to the cruise industry’s plan for resumption of cruising in Australia is a layered prevention, […]
December 2, 2020

Oceania Launches 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway for Agents

Oceania Cruises is rewarding its loyal travel partners in Australia and New Zealand with the launch of its 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, running for 12 business days between 1 December and 16 December 2020. “This year, we want to thank our valued trade partners for their ongoing support and […]
December 2, 2020

From Wanderlust To Wanderlost – Klook Survey Reveals The Impact Of Travel Withdrawal In Asia Pacific

Missing travel? It’s probably Wanderlost. Klook, a world-leading travel and leisure platform coins the wanderlust withdrawal symptoms individuals experience, ‘The Wanderlost Syndrome’. To unpack how the lack of travel has impacted individuals, Klook commissioned a study with a global market research company, YouGov across 15,323 individuals in 13 markets[1] in the Asia […]
December 2, 2020

Vanuatu PM Declares Covid Contained

Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman says the country has contained its first Covid-19 case. Loughman said losing the country’s status as a Covid-19 free country was not important. He said what mattered was how a country had the capacity and resources to contain a positive case. The prime minister said […]
December 1, 2020

Using information and culture to unite – Tokelau journalist

I was working as a bulk-store assistant in early-2018 when an old friend told me about plans towards a community newspaper happening in the Tokelau Media Office. Upon hearing about the newspaper plans, I was interested to know more about it; I loved to read which brought about a love […]
December 1, 2020

GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standard is a GSTC-Recognized Standard

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announce that the GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standard (version 2) for Lodging and Tour Operators has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status.  GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism standard is part of their broader Sustainable Tourism 2030 initiative, which provides programs and services for destinations, tourism businesses, and accommodation providers. The Sustainable Tourism […]
December 1, 2020

Aruba hotel first in world to win Global United Nations 2020 Climate Neutral Now Award

The Caribbean’s most eco-certified hotel is now setting the world standard as Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba is the first-ever hotel in the world to win the prestigious Global United Nations 2020 Climate Action Award for Climate Neutral Now. The United Nations made the announcement 9 a.m. CET at the UNFCCC secretariat […]
December 1, 2020

Unpublished: They plant ancestral strains to produce wines in Rapa Nui

The objective is to develop “a product with high added value for the island and the country, as well as an innovative business line,” says oenologist Fernando Almeda. They plan to produce at least Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With the support of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) , three friends decided […]
December 1, 2020

Tourists will be able to offset the carbon footprint of their trips and support a green economy in Costa Rica

Costa Rica will encourage tourists to offset the carbon footprint generated in air flights and land travel in order to facilitate the raising of financial resources for the Payment of Environmental Services Program (PSA), thanks to the agreement signed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the National Forest Financing Fund (Fonafifo). With […]
November 2, 2020

New Advanced Online Workshop for Pacific Tourism Operators – Discover the Pacific

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, the region’s lead trade and investment promotion agency has partnered with leading experts to provide an advanced online workshop series for Pacific tourism operators looking to elevate their digital skills.
November 2, 2020

Vanuatu Tourism Department to host ‘Niufala Rod Blo Tourism Week’ – Discover the Pacific

The objective of the week is to have collaborative discussions and validation workshops for the recovery of Vanuatu’s tourism industry.
November 2, 2020

How G20 tourism leaders have committed to intensify efforts towards sustainable recovery – Discover the Pacific

Tourism ministers of the G20 nations have committed to stepping up their efforts to place sustainability and inclusion at the heart of tourism recovery and future […]
November 2, 2020

The Changemakers: The Projects Reviving Rural Tourism – Discover the Pacific

At a time when the world is still trying to adapt to the new normal and struggling to keep up with the pandemic, rural tourism has emerged as one of the developing trends. Apprehensive about staying in hotels and visiting popular tourist spots, travellers are seeking offbeat and secluded experiences.