February 12, 2021

Tourism Solomons Welcomes Australian PM’s Comments on Potential South Pac travel Bubble.

Tuamoto – “We will support everything necessary to make this a reality” Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has welcomed news the Australian government is now in “conversation” with several South Pacific nations regarding the potential creation of a regional travel bubble. His comments come in response to reports Australian […]
February 12, 2021

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of Services – Issue 10, 11 February 2021

South Sea Cruises has made the decision to further extend the temporary suspension of our services through to 31 March 2021. It has become clear that travel from the key source markets to Fiji is still unlikely to resume prior to 01 April 2021 at the earliest.  Should any announcements be made […]
February 12, 2021

COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced. “Even if you have the circulation of a variant in a country, […]
February 11, 2021

Survivor Fiji to Begin Shooting

A number of film productions have been approved by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce with the Survivor series expected to begin shoot soon. Minister, Faiyaz Koya says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, film production around the world was either postponed or cancelled. He says these film productions are expected […]
February 11, 2021

Captain Cook Cruises Celebrate International Women in Science Day

Captain Cook Cruises in Fiji employ a team of female Marine Biologists who are proud to be able to celebrate International Women in Science day on 11th February. The team have been focused on an expansion of their sustainability programs with the reef at Tivua island – The Captain Cook […]
February 10, 2021

Daku Resort Savusavu – Conference Venue Update

In an effort to better serve our guests at Daku Resort, we are happy to announce that the repair works to our Conference venue after the devastation caused by TC Yasa, is now complete and we are fully operational once again. We are excited at the opportunity to serve you […]
February 10, 2021

Tahiti President Warns About Long Covid-19 Border Closure

French Polynesia’s president Edouard Fritch says he hopes last week’s border closure ordered by Paris because of the Covid-19 pandemic won’t exceed three months. Travel to and from Tahiti has been restricted to compelling cases only, which now excludes tourism – a key pillar of French Polynesia’s economy. Fritch said […]
February 10, 2021

PM Reveals Plans for Travel Bubble with Popular Tourist Destinations

After almost a year without international travel, Australia’s Prime Minister has revealed his hopes for a travel bubble with a handful of neighbouring nations. PM Scott Morrison spoke about the issue with 2SM’s John Laws on Monday morning, saying he would “love to see a Pacific bubble”. Touching briefly on Australia’s travel […]
February 9, 2021

Visitor Arrival for 2021 Similar to 19th Century

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the largest ever economic decline last year. The decline of 19 percent in economic activity, translates to a loss of Gross Domestic Product of two billion dollars. Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while providing an Economic and Fiscal Performance update in Parliament this morning says our […]
February 9, 2021

2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN chief tells Member States

The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe.  António Guterres was speaking to Member States meeting as part of […]
February 9, 2021

Expedia Opens up Discount Rates to COVID-hit Travel Agency Partners

Expedia Group says it is recognizing the impact of the pandemic on the travel agency community and is opening up package travel rates to all its customers. The company’s affiliate program, which has around 10,000 agency partners, will be “opened up” so that exclusive rates for hotel and air ticket packages […]
February 9, 2021

WTTC calls for focus on individual travellers to boost safety

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. The body is urging governments around the world to shift their focus from whole countries, towards individual travellers. Instead, WTTC […]
February 9, 2021

UNWTO Prepares for Morocco General Assembly

Officials from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Morocco met to prepare for the general assembly event set to take place in October. The meeting will be the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the beginning of the pandemic. Led by the secretary general, […]
February 9, 2021

Journey Continues Towards a More Sustainable and Resilient Tourism Industry

In 2019, the Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the first sector policy for tourism in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy. To gain support in the implementation of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) the DoT held the first ever Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference in November 2019. A key […]
February 9, 2021

Santo Travel Centre Revitalised

A new look for the Santo Travel Centre, located at the ACOM Building in Luganville, has been revealed on Wednesday by the Special Advisor to the Tourism Minister, Mr Thompson Pakoa. The fresh and vibrant new centre features maps of each province and highlight experiences you can have across Vanuatu. “The […]
February 9, 2021

VTO Free Fun Bus Continues into 2021

The Vanuatu Tourism Office’s popular Free Fun Bus service which was on hot demand over Christmas and New Year’s, will continue throughout 2021 as part of VTO’s ‘Sapotem Lokol Tourism’ campaign to encourage people to get out to rural areas and support tourism businesses. CEO Mrs Adela Issachar Aru states, “Having […]
February 9, 2021

Care Fiji Commitment receives World Travel and Tourism Council recognition

Fiji’s Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) Programme has received recognition by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a global body on Travel and Tourism. With this recognition, Fijian tourism businesses that have made the Care Fiji Commitment can access both the CFC branding tools and the globally recognised WTTC ‘Safe […]
February 9, 2021

Fiji Airways Extends Use Of Flight Credits To End Of 2022

Fiji Airways is offering greater flexibility to customers holding flight credits by extending validity up to 31st December 2022. The credits are for cancelled flights resulting from COVID-19 enforced border closures from 19th March last year. Scheduled commercial flights on the airline’s international network suspended in March continue while border […]
February 8, 2021

Pacific Sustainable Tourism Framework – Stakeholder Consultation

Join the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework – Stakeholder Consultation – February 2021. Click on download to access consultation schedule.Download The post Pacific Sustainable Tourism Framework – Stakeholder Consultation appeared first on Pacific Tourism Organisation. Source: New feed
February 5, 2021

Fiji Airways Awarded Highest Diamond “Hospital-Grade” Airline Certification by APEX Health Safety

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has been awarded the Diamond certification, the highest standard for travel safeguards in a COVID-19 world by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying. The ‘Diamond’ rating is the highest attainable rating in the audit conducted by APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying and […]