December 17, 2020

State Of Disaster In Fiji As Cyclone Yasa Bears Down

A state of disaster has been declared in Fiji, with a powerful cyclone due to bear down on much of the country overnight. Cyclone Yasa is due to make landfall on Fiji’s two main islands this evening, with winds gusting as high as 350 kilometres per hour. A nationwide curfew […]
December 17, 2020

Kiribati Hosts Virtual Plastic Repurposing Training

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), launched the region’s first Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative Virtual Training on Monday 14 December 2020 at the AMAK Centre in Bikenibeu, Tarawa. Funded through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s (PIFS) CROP Attachment Programme, the training […]
December 17, 2020

Fiji Tourism Hit With Climate, Pandemic Double Whammy

Fiji dive operator Ashwin Pal was living his dream until the global pandemic hit, guiding tourists around an underwater wonderland of dazzling Pacific coral reefs. Now the 35-year-old hunts the neon-hued fish he once proudly showed off to international visitors, forced to kill the creatures he loves to feed his […]
December 17, 2020

New Zealand and Niue agree to deal outlining steps toward quarantine-free travel bubble

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi have announced the next steps being taken towards quarantine-free travel between the two countries.  Negotiations on the text of an official ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between Niue and New Zealand’ have concluded and both governments have agreed […]
December 17, 2020

Hilton Expands Presence In French Polynesia With Signing Of Hilton Tahiti

SYDNEY, Australia – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of its second Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel in French Polynesia. Under a management agreement with Hotel Tahiti SAS, Hilton will manage Hilton Tahiti in the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete, the vast territory’s main centre of government and economic activity. A major conversion […]
December 17, 2020

NZ ready to provide $75m for Pacific and global COVID-19 vaccination support

New Zealand is preparing to support our Pacific partners to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at the earliest opportunity, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio say. “Pacific countries have worked hard to keep COVID-19 out, or to stamp it out, and New Zealand […]
December 17, 2020

Launch of the Duavata Conservation Leadership Programme

We trust this finds you safe and well. As we approach the end of 2020 and reflect on what has been a roller coaster of a year, we hope that you don’t mind us contacting you with a bit of a request to help us do what we do best.  […]
December 17, 2020

Merry Christmas from PNG Trekking Adventures

Our team here at PNG Trekking Adventures would like to thank our trekkers and friends for their continued support.  2020 has been a challenging year. There has been many ups and downs which has impacted us all emotionally and financially.  Despite this and the complete shutdown of tourism due to the COVID-19 […]
December 16, 2020

Blue Lagoon Cruises – New Locals Cruise Departure Dates Announced

Due to the success of our first five Summer Series cruise departure dates, we are adding two further cruise departures into the schedule 3 Night Summer Series CruiseThursday 21 to Sunday 24 January 2021 We are pleased to announce a 4 day, 3-night cruise exploring the beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. This cruise includes all […]
December 16, 2020

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of Services

South Sea Cruises Extension to the Suspension of our Services through to 28 February 2021 – Issue 9, 15 December 2020 South Sea Cruises has made the decision to further extend the temporary suspension of our services through to 28 February 2021. It has become clear that travel from the key source markets […]
December 16, 2020

Australia a Committed Partner in Combatting Climate Change

It has been an extraordinary year for Vanuatu and Australia. Together, we have faced a series of complex challenges, including a global pandemic, bushfires, tropical cyclones and volcanic ashfall. Australia congratulates Vanuatu for its significant efforts to plan for and respond to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold. Australia is proud to […]
December 16, 2020

Travel Advisory: Impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa on Fiji Airways and Fiji Link Flights

A number of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights will be impacted due to projected adverse weather conditions  associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Yasa in the region. A number of domestic Fiji Link flights for Thursday 17 December and Friday 18 December will be cancelled, and impacted customers will […]
December 16, 2020

PASO NEWS – 2021 Pacific Regional Aviation Minister’s Meeting Proceeding

Regional preparations are underway for a virtual Regional Aviation Minister’s Meeting (RAMM) in April 2021 to progress Pacific aviation solutions, after the planned March 2020 RAMM in Papua New Guinea was postponed due to COVID-19 disruption. At a Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Special Council Meeting hosted virtually on Wednesday, […]
December 15, 2020

Newly Announced Travel Bubbles Inspire Confidence In The Pacific

Plans for an Australian travel bubble with New Zealand have reignited hopes that tourism dependent countries across the Pacific will also soon be able to open their international borders to tourists. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated economies around the world but Fiji has been hit particularly hard by international travel […]
December 15, 2020

UNWTO And CNN Partner For Global #RestartTourism Campaign

After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and “travel tomorrow”, the World Tourism Organization and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway. Centred around a 45-second film launched […]
December 14, 2020

CNMI To Open Travel Bubble With South Korea

A travel bubble is set to open between the Northern Marianas and South Korea on 8 January with a charter flight from South Korea. Under the arrangement, tourists must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before arriving in the Northern Marianas. They will then take another test […]
December 12, 2020

Cook Islands And New Zealand Announce Quarantine-Free Travel For Q1 2021

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Hon Mark Brown have agreed an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands’. Both Prime Ministers and their Cabinets have instructed officials to continue working together to […]
December 11, 2020

Terau and Mary’s Win at National Business Awards

Terau Beach Bungalow in Abaiang and Mary’s Motel in Bairiki scooped the top prizes for Best Accommodation Hospitality categories for the Outer Islands and South Tarawa respectively at the 2020 National Business Awards. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) on the 05 December […]
December 10, 2020

Man Buys Turtles Only to Release Them at Sea

While searching for crabs last Saturday along the Suva foreshore, Jone Tanuku and his employer Jason Yang Guangxin met a young boy who discreetly told them he had a pair of live turtles for sale. After some negotiation, Mr Guangxin parted with $100 for both turtles. Mr Tanuku’s fears about […]
December 10, 2020

Early Bird Savings on South East Asia Sailings 2021/22

Tall-ship sailing company, Star Clippers, is offering early bird savings on sailings in South East Asia departing November 2021 through to March 2022. Available to book until 30 April 2021, save up to 30%* on 17 of Star Clippers idyllic island sailings around Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, PLUS receive a free hotel […]