December 4, 2018

Fiji Airways receive first 737 MAX 8 and name it Island of Kadavu

Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX for Fiji Airways, which plans to use the fuel-efficient, longer-range version of the popular 737 jet to expand and modernize its single-aisle fleet. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen says they are thrilled to take delivery of their very first 737 MAX […]
November 30, 2018

Government should phase out use of plastic bottles: Lenora

Opposition Member of Parliament Lenora Qereqeretabua says the government should phase out the use plastic bottles in the parliament area. Qereqeretabua says almost 100 bottles are used per day with even more used and discarded in a week. She says there is a need to walk the talk on being […]
November 29, 2018

‘No Pelesitiki’ – Tongans turning to traditional bags

A new community group in Tonga is encouraging people to say no to plastic and use fabric bags and baskets woven from coconut fibres as an alternative. The group has launched the ‘No Pelesitiki’ campaign and says it has received support from the Royal household, nobles, politicians and the New […]
November 20, 2018

Mailelani Samoa reconnects with Auckland market

Mailelani Samoa, a natural skincare business from Samoa revitalised its Auckland ties with a promotional event at Lei Café in Grey Lynn this month. Ms Tailani Salanoa, Executive Assistant for Mailelani Samoa, was front and centre for the relaunch campaign, thanks to the Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP) […]
November 20, 2018

VaiWai water makes waves at London’s Caffe Culture

Cate Pleass, Marketing Director of Fiji-based Pleass Global Limited’s VaiWai natural artesian water is clear about her reasons for making the decision to invest in exhibiting at London’s two-day trade-only Caffe Culture Show 2018. “Taking part and exhibiting on the Pacific Trade Invest-Europe stand at the Caffe Culture Show 2018 […]
November 20, 2018

Harness Cultural Routes and Experiences for Competitive Tourism, Concludes UNWTO Congress

Following the first edition held two years ago, the 2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes (15-16 November) concluded today in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the EU-China Tourism Year, the event explored how tourism along historic routes can help […]
November 16, 2018

Community Involvement Needed in Cultural Tourism’s Digital Transformation, says UNWTO Seminar

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology and 40th Affiliate Members Plenary Session concluded with a renewed call for community participation in development of cultural tourism using cutting-edge technologies (12-14 November 2018, Hamedan, Islamic Republic of Iran). Cultural and heritage attractions are […]
November 15, 2018

Vanuatu Food Policy Forum

An unhealthy nation is an infertile nation. Those were the words conveyed by the Acting Director General of Agriculture, Benjamin Shing, on Wednesday 8th November, during the Vanuatu Food Policy Forum held at Ramada Resort. The consultation maps the progress on the Food Policy, identifying gaps and plan further action to […]
November 15, 2018

Conference focuses on plastics

Research shows that if nothing changes, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. “It’s incredible how we’ve treated the ocean over the years, thinking we could never do any harm to it,” says Kevin Iro, reflecting on his recent trip to Indonesia to attend the […]
November 12, 2018

Tourism sector key to green economy

The tourism sector in Samoa might hold the keys to developing a green economy with decent work, says a climate policy officer. As the impacts of climate change become more apparent, investment into quality, environmental jobs is coming into focus. Steven Turnbull works in the environment unit of the department […]
November 1, 2018

Sustainability Set to Shape New Standard of Tourism Statistics

The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) initiative Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) received a boost last week when its working group met in Madrid (24-25 October). After successful pilot studies to produce credible and comparable data, the initiative is on track with its aim of getting the MST framework adopted […]
October 26, 2018

Empowerment, Inclusiveness & Equality: Tracking Sustainable Development in the Pacific

At this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, Leaders endorsed the region’s first Pacific Sustainable Development Report. The Report illustrates how we are progressing in terms of improving the quality of life for Pacific people, and ensuring empowerment, inclusiveness and equality. It provides the first evaluation of progress under the Pacific Roadmap […]
October 25, 2018

Regionalism Sub-Committee Looking for new Smaller Island States Representative

The Pacific Islands Forum’s Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism is looking for a new member to represent its Smaller Islands States. “This is an exciting opportunity. We are looking for an individual who is committed to the Forum’s vision of a free, healthy and prosperous Blue Pacific region that draws strength […]
October 22, 2018

‘Let Fiji’s Food Revolution Begin!’

Executive chefs from Fiji’s leading re­sorts have come together to collabo­rate on a mission to develop the culi­nary talent to an international level. It also aims to transform Fiji into an exotic food destination. The Culinary Federation of Fiji (CFF) has for the first time tourism, brought together the executive […]
October 22, 2018

Adopt a shark initiative launched; Island Business magazine adopts a shark

Recollecting words of the former president of Palau Toribiong – ‘If you look at the sharks in the ocean, they are the kings of the sea. If you get the King, you get the Kingdom’. With this recollection, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Sustainable Tourism Development Manager Christina Leala-Gale said […]
October 18, 2018

Conservation Efforts to Preserve Life Below Water

A new initiative designed to support marine ecotourism and the Sustainable Development Goal 14 was launched today, marking a new era in marine conservation. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation in partnership with Beqa Adventure Divers (BAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Australian Government proudly […]
October 17, 2018

Sustainability the focus of Pacific tourism meeting

Dealing with the effects of climate change, while protecting the livelihoods and cultures of the Pacific were the key issues discussed at a recent meeting about tourism in the region. The meeting, organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, was held in Apia recently to discuses strategies for industry and […]
October 12, 2018

Sustainable tourism on a little coral cay

In the deep blue Fijian waters of the Lomaiviti archipelago, there sits the coral cay that is Leleuvia Island Resort, a 68,000 square metre islet that is adopting and implementing sustainable tourism practices because they understand that acting locally impacts globally. Leading this work on the island is Leleuvia Resort […]
October 11, 2018

Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism

Seeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session (12-14 November 2018). The seminar recognizes the significance of […]
October 11, 2018

International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017. All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fuelled by strong demand from major source […]