May 6, 2021

Update from the Division:

Kaselehlia from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division at SPTO. In this issue of the Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat, our feature country is the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). A key highlight in this issue is the Micronesian Challenge, which recently celebrated 15 years of progress since the original Micronesia Challenge […]
May 5, 2021

Inclusive dialogues to ensure climate security in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

From rising sea levels to reduced access to natural resources and increased severity of natural hazards, the impacts of climate change on sustainable livelihoods and human security are already a reality for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). A collection of 34 low-lying coral atolls, RMI is among the […]
May 5, 2021

The Islands of Tahiti are reopen to tourism!

Since May 1st, The Islands of Tahiti are reopen to tourism! The new protocol take into account vaccinated travelers and those who are immunized in order to continue managing the health situation in The Islands of Tahiti and to protect its population as well as its visitors. Regarding “other travelers”:Upon […]
May 5, 2021

Sustainable travel survey 2021 – 83% say sustainable travel is important

for The Vacationer was conducted to find out how important sustainable travel is to Americans and if they are willing to do their part. The survey included 504 Americans over the age of 18 and was conducted online using SurveyMonkey’s interface/audience on our behalf from April 21-22, 2021. I, Eric Jones, analyzed […]
May 5, 2021

New Australian missions in the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia

Australia is continuing the growth of our strong ties with the Pacific, today opening two new diplomatic missions in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia. Today’s openings bring Australia’s diplomatic network in the Pacific to nineteen missions, making it the largest diplomatic network in the region of […]
May 5, 2021

Department of Tourism Vanuatu Launches Tourism Business Support Program

As part of its Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Program the Department of Tourism (DoT) has launched the Tourism Business Support Program (TBSP). The Director of Tourism, Mr. Jerry Spooner, welcomed the new National Coordinator of the TBSP, Ms. Carissa Jacobe, who will join the current DoT Management team and explained […]
May 5, 2021

PRHG Unveils $10 Million Renovation and Repositioning of Iconic Cook Islands Resorts

Pacific Resort Hotel Group has long been a pioneer when it comes to developing and operating the Cook Islands leading luxury resorts. Today they are pleased to announce the completion of a $10 million renovation and repositioning of the iconic Little Polynesian Resort and Pacific Resort Rarotonga. The comprehensive renovation […]
May 5, 2021

The Pandemic Effect: An Increased Desire To Travel More Sustainably

Earth Day 2021 will be a moment of reflection for travelers around the world. Instead of reminiscing about the trips they have taken in the past 12 months, it will be a milestone moment for many to reflect on how their future travels can have a more positive impact, both […]
May 5, 2021

Expedia Group Offers Additional Revenue Streams To Airlines Via Its Template Technology To Boost Pandemic Recovery

Expedia Group is offering airlines an additional revenue stream in the wake of COVID-19 via its template technology, which provides travelers with the option of adding lodging or car to their flight booking. The easy-to-integrate technology from Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS) enables airlines to cross-sell additional travel components on their […]
May 5, 2021

The Path to Recovery for Travel Destinations

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s special session on destination recovery was held virtually last week, moderated by Travel + Leisure’s Editor in Chief, Jacqueline Gifford along with special guests from Google, Brand USA, Visit California and more. The session, titled “Reboot, Adapt and Thrive: The Path to Recovery for Destinations,” analyzed […]
May 5, 2021

Covid-19 UK variant hits Guam

The Centre for Disease Prevention in Guam has raised the territory’s Covid-19 travel advisory back to three or high risk. Pacific Islands Times says this comes after the emergence of two clusters, amid confirmation the more highly transmissable UK variant has reached Guam. To date, there has been nearly 8,000 […]
May 5, 2021

Royal Caribbean Crew Vaccination in Full Swing

Royal Caribbean International’s crew vaccination program is full swing thanks to PortMiami, as COVID-19 vaccinations continued on Tuesday. Crew from the Navigator and Freedom of the Seas received COVID-19 vaccines this morning in a terminal building at the port. This included Navigator Captain Angel Oviol (pictured above).  This effort follows the […]
May 5, 2021

‘Happy To Have A Job’ Crew Excited to Return to Cruise Ships

Thousands of crew members have already come back onboard as more and more cruise lines announce service resumptions. But how far in advance do operators notify their employees about work opportunities, and what do they need to go through to get back on ships with COVID-19 still affecting travel? Cruise […]
May 5, 2021

High Testing Costs Could Stall the Recovery

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to ensure that high costs for COVID-19 testing don’t put travel out of reach for individuals and families. To facilitate an efficient restart of international travel, COVID-19 testing must be affordable as well as timely, widely available and effective. An IATA […]
May 5, 2021

G20 Ministers Welcome UNWTO Recommendations for Tourism’s ‘Green Transformation’

UNWTO has served as tourism’s global voice as the Tourism Ministers of the G20 nations met to devise a way forward for an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery for the sector. Upon assuming Presidency of the G20, Italy has drawn on UNWTO data to highlight the impact the pandemic has […]
May 5, 2021

The Micronesia Challenge – Towards 2030

On Wednesday 21st April, H.E David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), hosted a virtual forum to celebrate 15 years of progress towards the achievement of the Micronesia Challenge (MC). Initially agreed in 2006, the first MC targeted the conservation of at least 30% of near-shore […]
May 5, 2021

French Polynesia reopens again

French Polynesia has re-opened its borders for quarantine-free travel, with the first flight from Los Angeles arriving on Tuesday morning [NZT]. Such access is however restricted to vaccinated tourists from the United States who have tested negative for Covid-19 no more than three days before departure. Air Tahiti Nui relaunched […]
May 5, 2021

Cook Islands and New Zealand Annoounce Travel Bubble for May 17th

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel […]
May 5, 2021

Fai Meaalofa campaign targets diaspora in key markets

In efforts to further boost domestic tourism, Samoa Tourism is developing a campaign which will target overseas based Samoans with the aim to further assist the local tourism industry. The Campaign, known as ‘Fai Meaalofa’, will utilize the available platforms that are currently used by the VFR segment across source […]
May 5, 2021

Industry Assistance with Equipment handover

Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) handed over tents and camping equipment to the value of $38,000 to the Samoa Hotel Association (SHA), Savaii Samoa Tourism Association (SSTA) and the operators of Mt Silisili trail at Aopo. The tents and camping equipment (inclusive sleeping bags & tents) were donated to the Authority […]