January 5, 2021

Governor of Guam Looks To Reopen Tourism By March

With the number of COVID positive cases continuing to go down, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is considering the reopening of Guam’s tourism industry by March this year. In an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo, the governor said that as the COVID community spread continues to decrease, she is willing […]
January 5, 2021

Air Tahiti Gets Subsidies Extended Until July

The French Polynesian government has agreed to subsidise the domestic carrier Air Tahiti for another six months to maintain loss-making routes. The transport minister Jean-Christophe Bouissou signed an agreement to give Air Tahiti just over $US4 million to keep flying to 34 islands earmarked for cuts. The deal was extended […]
January 5, 2021

Samoa Tightens Entry Terms Because of New Virus Strain

Samoa is tightening access further by banning the entry of travellers who might be carrying the new Covid-19 strain. Samoa is now banning travellers transiting through 13 countries, including Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Canada. Last week, Samoa banned all travellers from Britain and South Africa because of the […]
January 4, 2021

Solomon Islands is Eyeing Support for the COVID-19 Vaccination

Dr. Yogesh Choudri, an advisor and international staff in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says some countries have started their COVID-19 vaccination program under what is called the ‘Emergency Use Authorisation’. However he says these vaccines are not yet approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) but […]
January 4, 2021

Australia recommits to second phase of Vanuatu-Australia Policing Justice Program

The Government of Australia, through the Australian High Commission in Vanuatu, has reaffirmed its support towards policing in Vanuatu by recently signing the second phase of the Vanuatu-Australia Policing Justice Program (VAPJP). Australia has been supporting the justice sector and policing in Vanuatu since 2000. In 2017, it launched the first […]
January 4, 2021

UK Paramedic And Ex-Santo Volunteer Awarded British Empire Medal In Queen Elizabeth II’s 2020 New Year’s Honours List

British national, Nicholas Woolf, who until recently worked as a volunteer paramedic on Santo, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Mr. Woolf received the honour for services to emergency medicine and disaster response. Mr. Woolf led a team of ProMedical staff […]
January 4, 2021

American Airlines restarts commercial flights using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft following crashes that killed 346 people

Boeing’s 737 MAX resumed passenger flights in the United States for the first time on Tuesday (local time) after a 20-month safety ban was lifted last month. American Airlines Flight 718 landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport around 1:08pm after departing Miami about two-and-a-half hours earlier. A CNBC reporter said […]
January 4, 2021

Coronavirus: UK shuts all London primary schools as more infectious strain spreads

The British government has decided to close all primary schools in London for the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread of a more infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus, the capital’s Mayor said on Friday. On Wednesday, the education minister, Gavin Williamson, outlined a plan to delay the […]
January 4, 2021

Coronavirus: Masks compulsory in New South Wales as cluster grows

Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales on Saturday made masks compulsory and imposed new restrictions as its coronavirus cluster expanded by seven, while neighbouring Victoria recorded 10 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian banned dancing and singing at night clubs while restricting numbers at gym […]
January 4, 2021

Vanuatu Graduates From List Of Least Developed Countries

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971.  The graduation is “testimony to years of effort resulting in hard-won sustainable development gains,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in […]
January 4, 2021

Grants on Offer for Pacific Businesses to Rebuild

The New Zealand government has contributed $6.9 million to help businesses in the Pacific recover from the pandemic. Border closures and a loss of trade routes has left many countries struggling, with a recent survey finding just under 50 percent of small to medium businesses in the Pacific have closed […]
January 4, 2021

Fiji Allows Passenger Flights Back in After Reviewing Border Processes

Fiji’s government is again allowing passenger flights into the country. The flights were suspended last week after a new variant of Covid-19 was confirmed in the United Kingdom. The government said it would allow for a review of its border processes, which includes two weeks’ quarantine. The country’s Covid-19 mitigation […]
January 4, 2021

First Batch of Covid Vaccines Arrive in Palau

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines arrived in Palau early on Saturday morning, greeted on the tarmac by the president-elect and health minister. Health minister Emais Roberts said 2,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived on a special flight from the United States. “Vaccines arrived,” Roberts said in a text […]
December 30, 2020

Cook Islands, Niue Travel Bubble Could Start To Open As Early As January, According To Local Officials

Officials in the Cook Islands have indicated that a travel bubble with New Zealand may start as early as next month. That is at least two months earlier than what the Government here has said in the past few weeks – that the air bridge would be established by the […]
December 30, 2020

Marshalls First Independent Pacific Nation To Launch Covid Vaccines

The Marshall Islands has become the first independent nation in the Pacific region to begin Covid-19 vaccinations, with high-ranking leaders and Ministry of Health doctors and nurses being administered US-provided medicine. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delivered an initial batch of 1200 vaccines to Majuro  on Tuesday morning and […]
December 30, 2020

Aircalin Joins The A320neo Club

New Caledonian carrier Aircalin has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1000 turbofans and has 168 seats in a single class layout, says Airbus. The airframer says that the type will allow Aircalin to open new Pacific routes. “With its […]
December 30, 2020

Amid pandemic, Pacific Islands Work To Offset Food Shortages

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain that brings crucial food imports and sending prices soaring as tourism wanes. With a food crisis looming, many governments have begun community […]
December 24, 2020

UN and Pacific Tourism Organisation host roundtable on sustainable tourism and COVID-19 recovery

The United Nations [UN] in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)] Monday hosted a roundtable dedicated to the theme of ‘Restarting Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific’.   The initiative brought together governments, international development partners and key stakeholders in the tourism industry, from Fiji, Vanuatu and Palau, to share […]
December 24, 2020

Airport Vanuatu: Financial Year 2019 Dividend

Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) has declared a financial dividend for the year ending September 2019 and today was proud to present a cheque to our Prime Minister, Hon. Bob Loughman, and Shareholders, Minister for Finance, Hon. Johnny Koanapo Rasou, and Minister Infrastructure & Public Utilities, Hon. Jay Ngwele. The Prime […]
December 24, 2020

As 2020 Ends, Tourism Looks Forward With Determination

We are almost at the end of what has been the most challenging year in the history of tourism. Almost overnight, the pandemic brought global tourism to a complete standstill. Millions of people missed chances to explore different places and embrace different cultures and customs. And the world lost out on opportunities for tourism to create jobs, […]