January 26, 2021

Daku Resort Savusavu – JAN & EASTER SPECIALS 2021

Bula Vinaka! Happy New Year and warmest greetings from Daku Resort! We trust your year has started on a high and positive note, and we hope it only gets better throughout 2021!  2020 will always be seen as a devastating year for the Tourism Industry worldwide. Despite the global pandemic, […]
January 26, 2021

Boeing Lays Out Plans For Sustainable Aviation

  Boeing has laid out ambitions to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation. The company hopes to offer commercial planes which are capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100 […]
January 26, 2021

World Tourism Organization Calls For Vaccine Passport

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee, at a meeting in Madrid last week organized by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is calling for a vaccine passport, saying it must become an essential travel document to help restart international tourism. “The rollout of vaccines is a step in the right […]
January 25, 2021

Vanuatu to Benefit from Israeli Agricultural Trainings

Vanuatu is among the Pacific Island countries that will benefit from Agriculture Trainings conducted through the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. “Following the Pacific Leaders’ summit with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, in Nadi on February 20, 2020 and its concluding declaration of the Israel – Pacific Food Security Alliance […]
January 25, 2021

Blue Lagoon Cruises: New Locals Cruise Departure Dates Announced

What a wonderful summer we have had so far with a number of successful ‘locals only’ cruises around Fiji’s Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. Due to the popularity and fabulous feedback from guests, we have launched some exciting cruise departures. We hope you can join us! 3 Night Valentines CruiseThursday 11 to […]
January 25, 2021

Passengers Told to Wear Masks

As 41 people arrived back on Rarotonga on Friday, another 125 Cook Islanders head back to New Zealand this afternoon. It’s been more than a year since Mariata Tavioni-Pittman has been home to Rarotonga. She was one of 41 passengers (40 adults and one child), who was on Air New […]
January 23, 2021

World Bank Group’s Game Plan to Reset Economic Recovery for Olympic Rugby Champions, Fiji

In 2016, Fiji celebrated its first ever Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games in Brazil from sevens rugby, a sport that placed the small island nation on the same pedestal as other developed nations.   Four years later, the nation like many countries in the world experienced unprecedented economic […]
January 22, 2021

New project-based appointments at Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)

SPTO is pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff to support the implementation of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) funded projects for 2021. Ms Luisa Finiasi joins SPTO as Project Coordinator, Mrs Nalini Devi as Finance & Administration Officer and Mr Lasarusa Saqusaqu […]
January 22, 2021

World Travel & Tourism Council Releases Mental Health Guidelines For Travel And Tourism Sectors

THE WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL (WTTC) HAS LAUNCHED ITS NEW MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES TO HELP BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES IN THE INDUSTRY SUPPORT THEIR EMPLOYEES. The mental health guidelines build on the diversity and inclusion guidelines released by WTTC in 2020, going one step deeper to focus on mental […]
January 22, 2021

Cruise Lines International Association – CLIA Names New Global Chairman

MSC CRUISES’ PIERFRANCESCO VAGO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO A TWO-YEAR TERM AS GLOBAL CHAIRMAN OF THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA), EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Vago served as chief of MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, before becoming the cruise line’s executive chairman in 2016. He also previously served as chairman of […]
January 22, 2021

Aviation in the Pacific in the Spotlight for Ministerial Meeting

Aviation is a critical service and enabler in the Pacific, acting as a bridge in the skyconnecting us to the world. To heighten the role of aviation in the region, particularlyto the tourism sector, the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has taken the lead inpreparing a White Paper ahead of the […]
January 22, 2021

Pacific Asia Travel Association Predicts Full Recovery Make Take 3 Years

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has predicted, that even in the base case scenario, visitor numbers to the region will still be below 2019 levels in two years’ time. The finds are included in the just-released Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2021-2023 report. The document includes three growth prospects for international visitor arrivals […]
January 22, 2021

World Travel & Tourism Council Forecasts Return Of 100m Tourism Jobs In 2021

More than 100 million jobs could return to the global tourism sector during 2021, as the world recovers from the crippling Covid-19 pandemic. That is according to the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). A strong summer of travel is expected as the sector begins its […]
January 22, 2021

Samoa’s International Industry Training Initiative

Samoa is taking a major step towards strengthening travel bubble relations with a new virtual exchange program, and is seeking collaboration from Kiwi businesses. The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has launched the ​South Pacific Tourism Virtual Exchange Program ​and is calling on fellow New Zealand tourism and hospitality specialists and […]
January 22, 2021

UAE Carriers Launch IATA’s New COVID-19 Travel Pass

Both Etihad and Emirates will become the first airlines globally to trial the new travel pass from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This mobile app will help travelers to ensure their pre-travel test and/or vaccination records meet the needs of the destination to which they are traveling. Click HERE […]
January 22, 2021

Global Tourism Crisis Committee Meets Again to Explore Safe Travel in Age of Vaccines

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has met for the first time in 2021. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the cross-sector body met in Madrid during the 113th session of the UNWTO Executive Council to advance solid plans to restart tourism. The meeting focused on the integration of vaccines into a […]
January 22, 2021

Sustainable tourism: 4 lessons 2020 taught us about travel.

Change was needed in the travel industry, even before the pandemic took place. Here’s what 2020 taught us about sustainable tourism and travel for 2021. With 2020 basically putting a halt to all but essential travel, and hotels, monuments, airlines, museums and restaurants trying to reinvent themselves, repurpose their spaces […]
January 22, 2021

Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands. On a cold February morning last year, as she lay curled up in a fetal position on her kitchen floor, Melissa Jackson called her manager at a New Jersey beauty salon to ask […]
January 22, 2021

Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand.

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday […]
January 22, 2021

We are sailing! Cruises are back but over-50s travel firm Saga says all customers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding

Saga announces all customers on its cruises and holidays will need Covid jabs Firm says travellers must have had both shots at least a fortnight before travel It is the first cruise line to make vaccinations compulsory for its holidaymakers Saga says it plans to resume river cruises, escorted tours and […]