June 6, 2019

Sustainability a Key Part of Tourism Policies, But More Still to Be Done, UNWTO/UN Environment Report Notes

Countries around the world are integrating sustainability in their tourism policies but the evidence on the results of their implementation remains limited, research carried out for the first “Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies” has found. The Baseline Report, prepared by the […]
June 5, 2019

New buoy in Fagatele Bay

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners have launched a new buoy in Fagatele Bay within NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. The scientific buoy works by collecting water quality information and measures a variety of parameters in the ocean, such as pH and temperature, which are […]
June 5, 2019

Raffe Hotels and Resorts Partners with Oceanic Global

Raffe Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce that it is partnering with global NGO, Oceanic Global, to work towards eliminating all single use plastics from the operations of Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Fiji Gateway Hotel. Oceanic Global, who is the official non-profit and production partner to […]
May 28, 2019

A Little Chocolate Milk Goes a Long Way at Nanuku Auberge

Nanuku adds a new ‘Kids Kava’ experience to a long list of child-friendly Fijian activities Nanuku’s commitment to sustainability goes far beyond merely swapping plastic straws for biodegradable options. Yes, it proudly operates an award-winning ‘Planet Auberge’ program incorporating marine conservation, a strict recycling protocol and a renewable and organic […]
May 28, 2019

“Gastronomy tourism” drives job creation and entrepreneurship

“Gastronomy tourism” or food tourism is an opportunity to promote local economic growth and include more people in development. Because we are all “eaters” the exploration of food has become a large part of the tourism experience worldwide. Around 500 participants from 90 countries attended the 5thUNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism […]
May 20, 2019

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa supports ambitious tree planting goal for Samoa

As part of Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa’s ever-evolving efforts to ensure a healthier and greener earth, the team is proud to announce their involvement in the Young Pacific Leaders’ (YPL) 2019 carbon offsetting drive. YPL is a network of Pacific leaders working together to address the global challenges impacting […]
May 17, 2019

UN chief lauds Fijians as ‘natural global leaders’ on climate, environment, hails ‘symbiotic relationship’ with land and sea

Fiji’s strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and its “symbiotic relationship” with its surroundings, has made its people “natural global leaders on climate and the environment”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the nation’s Parliament on Thursday. “Fiji has taken on the sceptics and the deniers” in a loud […]
May 17, 2019

Guterres calls climate change ‘the battle of my life’

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised Fiji as a strong committed partner in peacekeeping and for taking a leading role in the battle against climate change. Mr Guterres was speaking after formal talks with the Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama this morning. Mr Guterres said it needs to […]
May 17, 2019

2019 South Pacific Tourism Exchange hailed a success

The South Pacific Tourism Exchange held on May 9-10 in Auckland, New Zealand, was one of the best that the South Pacific Tourism Organisation has convened in recent years according to Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker. “The SPTE attracted 62 buyers or travel agents from 14 countries around the world […]
May 17, 2019

Solomon Islands to host 2019 SPUMS Annual Scientific Meeting & Conference

In what represents a significant opportunity for the Solomon Islands dive industry and tourism in general, the destination  will next week welcome more than 100 members of the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) for the organisation’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference. SPUMS is acknowledged around the world as the […]
May 14, 2019

Bougainville expects resurgence in tourism

Bougainville has risen from the crisis and embraced tourism development everywhere in the region. There are locally designed and built resorts, lodges and guesthouses that can cater for any tourist types. These facilities can also cater to the meetings, incentive, conference and events (Mice) segment of the tourism market. There […]
May 14, 2019

UN head to mobilise world around Pacific climate needs

The UN Secretary General says he intends to mobilise the international community around the Pacific’s need for action on climate change. Antonio Guterres attended a community roundtable event in Auckland today, as he kicked off his Pacific tour. He departs for Fiji on Tuesday before heading to Tuvalu and Vanuatu […]
May 14, 2019

Miss Pacific Islands takes climate message to tourism event

Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha has added her voice to the global climate change campaign – last week addressing participants from around the world at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange event in Auckland. Ms Kariha, of Papua New Guinea, said more needs to be done – from banning plastics to […]
May 8, 2019

Fiji to promote its culture

Fiji stands a good chance of attracting more tourists from the other markets apart from Australia and New Zealand. Faced with competitive markets from Bali, Maldives, and other smaller countries, Fiji is hopeful that with more attractive marketing, more tourists will opt to visit the country. The South Pacific Tourism […]
May 2, 2019

Nanuku Auberge Resort Wins The ‘2019 Best Sustainable Travel or Tourism Initiative’ Award

Nanuku’s Planet Auberge program recognised for its social and sustainable commitment at the 2019 Travel Daily Sustainability Summit. The inaugural Sustainability Summit saw the tourism industry gather to share best practices in travel to preserve the planet for future generations. Hosted by Travel Daily key note speakers, panellists and general […]
May 1, 2019

Cook Islands marine conservationist wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Jacqui Evans won the Goldman Environmental Prize after leading a five-year campaign to better protect Cook Islands waters. Her work led to the Marae Moana Act which established marine protected areas and banned large-scale commercial fishing and seabed mining within 50 nautical miles of the 15 Cook Islands. Jacqui Evans said she […]
April 25, 2019

Samoa 2019 announces move to go single-use plastic free for Pacific Games

Falefata Hele Ei Matatia, the chief executive of Samoa 2019, made the announcement at a press conference that included the launch of the “Greening of the Games” slogan and campaign that begins this week. “The decision to go plastic-free during the Games is a bold one and is aligned to […]
April 11, 2019

AgriTourism Experiences Survey

Experiential & agricultural tourism is growing globally, travelers looking to connect with their holiday destination in more culturally immersive ways. We’re scoping the landscape for existing & potential agricultural experiences as tourism products across Fiji, Vanuatu & Tonga. Findings will inform future targeted research to support the development of this […]
April 11, 2019

Mana Tiaki Eco Certification Launched

To coincide with the Mana Tiaki week, Cook Islands Tourism helped launch the new Mana Tiaki Eco Certification.  This was held at the Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre in Arorangi on Wednesday the 3rd of April. The Mana Tiaki Eco Certification often referred to as eco accreditation or green […]
April 9, 2019

Pacific central banks cooperate on climate change

New Zealand’s Reserve Bank is joining central banks of South Pacific islands to mitigate the impact of climate change on financial systems. The effort will involve the Network for Greening the Financial System, an international group of central banks co-ordinating work on climate change and fostering investment in green technology. […]