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 […]
February 19, 2021

Re-Opening The Pacific: A Phased Approach To Resuming International Travel

Across the world – including here in the Pacific region – countries are now beginning to look at how to ease travel restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. As vaccines roll out, international travel begins to resume between Australia and New Zealand and discussions of a ‘Pacific […]
February 19, 2021

New Zealand Govt To Discuss Vaccine Rollout In Pacific

The New Zealand government is looking to hold talks with Pacific counterparts about how to distribute Covid-19 vaccines in the region. Medical authorities in New Zealand have already approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for use to immunise people 16 years and older. “We’ll be really looking to have conversations with […]
February 19, 2021

Fiji Has Not Given Up On ‘Bula Bubble’ With New Zealand

Fiji is continuing to push for a travel bubble between its major tourist markets Australia and New Zealand. Fiji’s borders have been closed since last March and with New Zealand and Australia still battling Covid-19 cases at home, the wait may be longer. But the government said Fiji had proven […]
February 19, 2021

WTTC URGES GOVERNMENTS TO ABANDON CONCEPT OF ‘HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES’

THE WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL (WTTC) IS CALLING FOR GOVERNMENTS TO ABANDON THE CONCEPT OF ‘HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES’ AND INSTEAD FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTTC said governments should redefine their whole approach to risk assessment to revive international travel. […]
February 19, 2021

SPTO partners with Rosie Holidays to deliver virtual trainings

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has contracted Rosie Holidays to conduct training programmes for selected Small Island States and Territories (SIST) in the region. Focused on Inbound Travel Management and Small and Micro Enterprise Business Recovery, the trainings are part of a joint CROP programme on capacity building for Small […]
February 18, 2021

PACIFIC TOURISM ORGANISATION LAUNCHES JOB PORTAL TO ASSIST FORMER TOURISM WORKERS

In response to the widespread and significant impacts of COVID-19 on the Pacific tourism industry, The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has launched SPTO Jobslink. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between unemployed tourism workers and employers throughout the region, via a free and easy to use website. The SPTO […]
February 18, 2021

Kiribati Tourism Q4 2020 Tourism Review Report

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati’s (TAK) 2020 Quarter 4 Tourism Review Report is now available in the Resource Centre of TAK’s corporate website. The report contains domestic travel data and highlights maritime and air travel numbers, quarantine and repatriation information and domestic tourism supply for Kiribati. The report highlights a […]
February 18, 2021

Travel Agencies, Cruise lines and Airlines Gear up for Rebound in Bookings

“Many people are already actively planning their next big trip,” said one travel expert. “And it is not too early to book for 2022, especially with trip protection.” As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is ramping up, so is consumer confidence — and with it, a surge in travel bookings […]
February 18, 2021

Fiji Targets ‘vaccine Passport’ for Economic Recovery

Speaking in Parliament, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Global Tourism Crisis Committee had called for a vaccine passport. Sayed-Khaiyum said the passport should serve as an essential travel document to help restart global tourism. He said it was also important that every eligible Fijian registered for vaccination. The minister said […]
February 18, 2021

NCL, Oceania, Regent Suspend Cruises Embarking Through May

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings suspended all voyages embarking through May 31. This applies to Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises embarking through May 31. Passengers are asked to contact their travel advisor or the cruise line for more information. (Source; Sea Trade Cruise news 16 February […]
February 18, 2021

State of the Industry Lineup for Seatrade Cruise Virtual Expedition Cruising

Top names in expedition cruising are booked for Seatrade Cruise Virtual’s Expedition Cruising keynote session on March 8. They include Sven-Olof Lindblad, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions; Geoffrey Kent, founder and co-chairman, Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies; Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO, Silversea Cruises; Asta Lassesen, CEO, Hurtigruten Expeditions; and Hervé Bellaiche, chief sales, marketing and […]