January 22, 2021

This Is When These 10 Cruise Lines Plan To Restart

The cruise industry is slowly recovering after a year of virtually no sailing, and cruise operators have been announcing their plans for restarts. Cruise Industry News has gathered everything we currently know about the following 10 lines’ plans, representing various niche, premium and regional brands.  Ponant Ponant is planning to recommence operations in […]
January 21, 2021

Cook Islands Resorts Ready To Welcome Guests

With high hopes weighing on a two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand by March 31, local accommodation providers are ready to welcome visitors to the island paradise of Rarotonga. Local resorts are gearing up for the much-anticipated two-way travel bubble with New Zealand expected to be implemented […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand To Operate Daily Flights To The Cook Islands From March 28

Air New Zealand will be operating daily return flights to Rarotonga from March 28 in anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand. The announcement came as part of the airline’s Covid-19 international schedule through to June 30 2021. Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council president Liana […]
January 21, 2021

Air New Zealand’s First Quarantine-Free Flight Lands In Auckland

For Virginia Cabral the chance to finally meet 7-month-old granddaughter Maria Virginia was sweet. Straight through the Auckland International Airport on the first quarantine-free flight from the Cook Islands she got to meet the baby for the first time. Cabral was also reunited with her other granddaughter Mahina who she […]
January 21, 2021

New South Wales Premier Pushes For Pacific Bubble In 2021

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the federal government to reconsider the long-term suspension of international travel, saying a Pacific bubble should be established this year. Ms Berejiklian’s push for a faster approach to international travel during the pandemic comes after Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly this week […]
January 21, 2021

Pacific Islands May Not Finish Rolling Out COVID Vaccines Until 2025

Solomon Islands has avoided the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, but new research shows it could take it and other Pacific countries years to vaccinate the majority of their populations. With only 17 coronavirus cases detected from returning nationals at quarantine centres, and no community transmission in Solomon Islands, the […]
January 21, 2021

More Covid-19 vaccines arrive in American Samoa

A new shipment of Covid-19 vaccines has arrived in American Samoa, 7800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Our correspondent said it’s the intention of health authorities to complete 10,000 vaccinations before the first repatriation flight from Honolulu on January 29. Dr Francine Amoa, chair of the Covid Vaccine Working Group […]
January 21, 2021

Sofitel Fiji Special Offers

Sofitel Fiji has now come to the end of its multimillion-dollar renovation program and the resort is looking stunning! We are delighted to share with you some of the special local offers we currently have as follows – 1)     Day Pool Pass “Day Pool Pass”Come and enjoy a day at […]
January 20, 2021

Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated To Lead UNWTO For Four More Years

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a […]
January 20, 2021

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji: Returnees Special from $125 Room Only!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!Take advantage of your January returnee rates from $125 per night. We would love to welcome you back to your Denarau home and enjoy our special discounted rates just for you, our valued returnees over the below dates: 20th – 31st January 2021……  ROOM ONLY RATES EXCLUDING BREAKFAST, INCLUSIVE OF […]
January 20, 2021

Climate vulnerability assessment underway in Bougainville atolls

A United Nations-backed team is touring Bougainville’s outer islands this month, conducting climate change vulnerability assessments. Focussing on remote communities at high risk of climate impacts, the Building Resilience to Climate Change team has already visited a number of islands and atolls in the Papua New Guinea Autonomous Region. The […]
January 20, 2021

Air Travel Down 60 per cent, as Airline Industry Losses Top $370 Billion

A new report from the UN’s air transportation agency confirms there was a “dramatic” fall in international air travel due to COVID-19, of around 60 per cent over the course of last year, to levels last seen in 2003. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on Friday, that as seating capacity […]
January 20, 2021

Tonga Extends Covid State of Emergency

Tonga has extended a State of Emergency for another month, until 15 February, due to ongoing concerns around the global spread of Covid-19. The State of Emergency was first declared 12 March and has been renewed regularly since. The extension, announced on Monday evening, means that a curfew will remain […]
January 20, 2021

Cook Islands: PM Expects Influx of Travellers

Quarantine free travel into New Zealand will encourage more Cook Islanders to return home, says Prime Minister Mark Brown. The announcement of quarantine free travel into New Zealand has freed up about 300 vouchers back into the Managed Isolation Allocation System. According to a spokesperson, these were vouchers booked from […]
January 19, 2021

Reskilling and Labour Migration Vital to the Pacific’s Economic Recovery

SYDNEY, January 18, 2021 – While the Pacific and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have avoided some of the worst health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the closure of international travel and lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 have had serious impacts on employment, international labour mobility, and livelihoods across the […]
January 19, 2021

Research: Kiwis Keen To Get To Fiji – 39% Plan To Book Through An Agent

Fiji is high on the list of New Zealanders’ travel aspirations lists right now and many would pack their bags and go if the borders opened now, according to research released late last week. Tourism Fiji partnered with Mediaworks at the end of 2020 to survey Kiwis around their mindset […]
January 18, 2021

Nauru Airlines targets B737NGs for fleet renewal

Nauru Airlines (ON, Nauru) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to start the process of replacing its B737-300 passenger fleet over the next few years, nominating pre-owned B737-700s or B737-800s as its preferred choice. This is the word from Chief Executive Officer Geoff Bowmaker, who told ch-aviation by email […]
January 15, 2021

The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2021

The days of strolling into an airport, flashing a passport, then hopping on a flight to wherever one likes are, for now, a distant memory. The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the travel landscape, potentially for decades to come. Countries all over the world are entering fresh lockdowns, but even when […]
January 15, 2021

Welcome To The Bubble: Cook Islanders Able To Enter New Zealand Without Quarantine from January 21

“Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ Covid free status, and the implementation of strict health and border protocols, we are now in the position to resume quarantine-free travel for passengers from the Cook Islands into New Zealand,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “These arrangements do not apply to New Zealanders […]
January 15, 2021

Fiji Link Introduces Mobile Boarding Pass, Self-Scanning Options at Major Domestic Airports

Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ wholly owned subsidiary, has introduced mobile (digital) boarding pass options for customers checking in online for domestic flights from Nadi, Suva and Labasa. Customers flying domestically from the three airports are able to use mobile boarding passes generated on their device after they check-in online, without […]