December 22, 2020

Palau on Track to Start Covid-19 Vaccination in 2021

Palau health officials said they are on track to conduct its first Covid-19 vaccination by January and according to the Center for Disease Control website ,the nation will get its Moderna allocation, simultaneous with Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) this week. The US […]
December 22, 2020

Lights! Models! Garbage! Taiwan designer turns waste into fashion

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Inspiration for high fashion can come from strange places. For one Taiwanese designer, it’s upcycling old wires and bolts from the power industry. Wang Li-ling, 36, scours dumps, picking up old bits of metal and wires from Taiwan’s main electricity supplier to add extra flair to her […]
December 22, 2020

Vaccine Only Part Of The Cure For Resumption Of Pacific Travel: World Bank Report

With COVID-19 vaccine distribution now in its early stages, early steps toward the resumption of labour migration in the Pacific region underway, and hopes for an international travel ‘bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand, questions are now arising as to what additional measures will be needed before international tourism returns […]
December 22, 2020

Apple Temporarily Shuts California Stores in Virus Surge, Some in UK after New Curbs

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California because of a coronavirus outbreak and 16 stores in the United Kingdom following restrictions introduced by the government in London, a spokesman said on Saturday. The company said on Friday it was temporarily shutting some stores […]
December 22, 2020

Feel the rush

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December 21, 2020

Discovering Fiji: Arrival of the Kioan Islanders

Dancing and feasting presided over Kioa in Cakaudrove as its people, now scattered around the Fiji group, converged at their island home on October this year to mark Kioa Day. The celebrations, which fall on Monday, October 26, marks the arrival of the Kioan Islanders from their original home in the village of Vaitupu on the then […]
December 21, 2020

******* and ****** aligning at night for first time in 800 years

For most of us, 2020 has been a year we’d rather put behind us, but Monday brings the chance for something really worth remembering because it hasn’t been seen in almost 800 years. For the first time since the Middle Ages, we’ll be able to see ******* and ****** align […]
December 21, 2020

Parts of Europe Shut Borders to UK Travellers as COVID-19 Cases Climb

European countries began to close their doors to travellers from the United Kingdom on Sunday, with several banning planes and trains over concerns about a new coronavirus strain that is spreading quickly through the country. Belgium said it would close its borders to flights and trains – including the popular […]
December 21, 2020

Air Vanuatu’s ATR Aircraft to Recommence Service Tomorrow

Air Vanuatu’s ATR72-600 aircraft will finally recommence service tomorrow. The ATR returned on December 4 after nine months undergoing maintenance in Cairns, Australia. The two flights from Port Vila to Tanna tomorrow, Sunday 20th December 2020, are fully booked, and two return flights, from Tanna to Vila, on the same […]
December 21, 2020

RNZ Pacific Xmas – Missing the Motu in Munda

RNZ Pacific staff share their Christmas memories and traditions. The best memories of Christmas food for me was growing up in Munda in the Western Solomons and it was all about the process. I remember as a very little person helping, (more like getting in the way of), my great, […]
December 21, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Roll out Starts in Parts of the Pacific

Covid-19 vaccinations begin in the Northern Mariana Islands this weekend, but it’s not yet clear when other Pacific countries will have access to a vaccine. The Northern Marianas, which is a US territory, was expecting 5,000 doses of the The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to arrive during the week, and vaccinations […]
December 21, 2020

Samoa Modifies State of Emergency

The Samoan government has made some significant changes to the State of Emergency Orders for the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet has decided that supermarkets can be open on Sundays from 3pm till 10pm. They have also been allowed to open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Saturday each week. Restaurants […]
December 21, 2020

American Samoa starts Covid-19 vaccinations

The vaccination of health workers and first responders in American Samoa with the Pfizer Covid vaccine is to begin this morning. The first shipment of the vaccine arrived on the Asia Pacific cargo plane yesterday afternoon. From the airport the boxes containing the vaccine were transported to the Tafuna Community […]
December 18, 2020

Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to all of the finalists in this year’s Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards for the 2018 – 2019 year. It was a spectacular evening under the Domes at the National Auditorium. Meitaki ma’ata to the Sponsors, Awards Committee, Industry Council, Cook Islands Prime Minister the Hon. Mark […]
December 17, 2020

Tourism Back To 1990 Levels As Arrivals Fall By More Than 70%

International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism […]
December 17, 2020

Covid-19 Wiped Out 81M Jobs In Asia-Pacific This Year: UN Agency

The economic blow from the coronavirus has wiped out 81 million jobs across Asia-Pacific this year, with women and young people disproportionately affected, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). “Covid-19 has inflicted a hammer-blow on the region’s labour markets,” Ms Chihoko Asada Miyakawa, the group’s regional director for Asia […]
December 17, 2020

Asia Pacific Can Lay The Foundation For Healthier, More Sustainable Post-Pandemic Growth

Orderly and strategic tourism policy responses can mitigate the worst negative impacts of COVID-19 and, in some cases, lay a foundation for healthier, more sustainable post-pandemic growth, according to a report by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), conducted by  Clickable Impact Consulting Group and supported by the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), […]
December 17, 2020

Diversification, Digitization And Duty Of Care To Drive Business Travel Recovery In Asia Pacific

A revival in APAC business travel will vary across sectors and will accelerate revenue diversification and digitization in the industry, according to executives from business travel agencies. The perspectives were shared in Amadeus’ new report “Reboot. Recharge. Rethink Business Travel”, that explores the factors and trends influencing the timeline for global business travel recovery. The […]
December 17, 2020

Can Chinese Tourists Save The World?

According to UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP and 1 in 10 jobs in the world. And China is the world’s largest market for outbound travel with its outbound travelers skyrocketing from 4.5 million in 2000 to 150 million in 2018, according to a 2019 […]
December 17, 2020

Hilton reaches one million room milestone

In a year when the travel industry has faced challenges like never before, Hilton has reached a historic milestone. Even as the company faced the biggest test in its 101-year history, its resilient, capital-light business model enabled it to reach the one million room milestone in the fourth quarter. Only […]