August 28, 2019

Short Term Contract – Environmental and Social Sustainability Consultant

The Pacific Learning Partnership for Environmental and Social Sustainability (PLP-ESS) is a collaboration between the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank (through the World Bank Australia Safeguards Partnership, with support from the Australian […]
August 20, 2019

Daku goes green

Daku Resort is nestled along the main highway a few minutes away from Savusavu Town in Fiji. The resort boasts spacious beachside bures, self-contained villas and eco-friendly houses that caters for backpackers, family retreats and couples getaways.With about a 8–9 hour journey beginning with a 2 hour bus ride to […]
August 8, 2019

Pacific Resort Hotel Group encourages guests to help protect the Cook Islands coral reef and lagoon by using Reef-Safe sunscreen!

When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products used affect oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.
August 1, 2019

Pacific Island States Declare Climate Crisis

A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’ The PIDF Leaders’ Summit had representation from 10 of the 14 member states, which are most at risk to climate […]
July 30, 2019

Tuvalu bans single use plastic from August 1

A single use plastic ban and importation levy comes into force in Tuvalu from the beginning of August to help deal with waste in the small remote islands. It’s hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population lives. Single […]
July 25, 2019

NZ company completes solar project in Cooks

New Zealand company Infratec has completed a $US10.8 million Asian Development Bank project to deliver reliable renewable energy to four islands in the southern Cook Islands. Over the past two years Infratec has designed and delivered solar mini grids and new underground network distribution systems on Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and […]
July 24, 2019

Palau Wins PATA Gold Award

Palau’s Airai State Cultural Tour won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award along with 28 other destinations for its promotion of community-based tourism. PATA announced the winners on July 15, revealing four PATA Grand awardees and 29 Gold awardees who will be given the accolades during the PATA […]
July 19, 2019

Young Pacific Leaders Carbon Offsetting Project

As part of our ever evolving efforts to ensure a healthier and greener earth we, the Sinalei team, were delighted to take part in this years Carbon offsetting drive initiated by the Young Pacific Leaders Program and supported by The US Embassy, Samoa, The Ministry of Natural Resource & Environment, […]
July 19, 2019

Testimonial from Tuvalu on SPTO Training

Lita Pita is the proprietor of Afelita Island Resort in Funafuti, Tuvalu. She was one of the participants at the SPTO convened training in June for  hotel staff, communities and youth groups focused on Food and Beverage, Food Safety and Handling and Customer Service.  Held in Funafuti, it was a […]
July 18, 2019

Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises Brand Presents Latest Sustainability Report

AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, documented further progress on its path toward emission-neutral cruising in the latest edition of “AIDA cares.” As early as 2023, 94% of all AIDA guests will be sailing on ships that can be fully operated with low-emission liquefied natural gas […]
July 18, 2019

Promoting One Destination for sustainable tourism in Pacific

Pacific island countries are famous for their beautiful, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, green mountains, endemic flora and fauna, unique culture and arts as well as friendly people. Those are precious assets for these countries which do not have many natural resources to exploit as their income sources. Among […]
July 17, 2019

Opportunity to overcome water scarcity

With a decrease of the availability of rain and the salinization of many of the atoll aquifers, water scarcity is becoming a pressing issue in the region. Fortunately, state-of-the-art technology allows us to benefit from the natural resources around our islands. Elemental Water Makers, who joined us last year in […]
July 8, 2019

The Cook Islands Sustainability of our Paradise

Worldwide, waste is an absolute crisis which some countries choose to address and others ignore.  There comes a time when you need take stock of where you stand as a Country, as a Company, as an employer and as an individual. I believe the Cook Islands are a beacon for […]
July 4, 2019

SPTO assists Tuvalu prepare for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is working with the Government of Tuvalu to prepare communities and the tourism industry for the influx of visitors to the nation during the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in August said SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Cocker. The training which commenced on June 25 […]
July 2, 2019

Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of plastic trash from the Pacific

Environmentalists have removed more than 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. The group, Ocean Voyages Institute, said the cleanup mission was the “largest and most successful ocean cleanup to date” in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The patch, between Hawaii and California, is the biggest concentration of floating […]
June 28, 2019

Tuvalu receives support from SPTO in preparation for Leaders’ Meeting in August

A team from SPTO is in Tuvalu for two weeks to conduct a Plastics Repurposing Workshop and Hospitality Training in preparation for the Leaders Forum in August. The trainings are held in conjunction with the, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism Environment and Labour towards support for the Leaders Forum. […]
June 21, 2019

Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island Resort Announces Global Best Practice Approach to Environmental Sustainability

Fiji’s most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Private Island, is leading by example in its endeavour to operate as an environmentally sustainability resort and ensure the preservation of its beautiful habitat. Initiated by owner Lang Walker, an expert team has been assembled with efforts towards sustainability seamlessly incorporated into the […]
June 20, 2019

Why sustainability should be on your plate when you travel

In Vanuatu, as in other popular destinations across Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, farming and tourism can support one another while making our holidays more sustainable. According to one survey, 60 percent of food consumed by tourists in Vanuatu was imported, all of which could have been produced in-country. […]
June 19, 2019

Plastic Repurposing project aims to protect oceans

In an effort to protect the ocean – women from Galoa village in Serua are converting discarded plastic bottles into jewelry and decor. This is part of the South Pacific Tourism Organization’s plastic repurposing initiative, which contributes to women’s economic empowerment and protection of the marine ecosystem. Villager Meredani Pei […]
June 19, 2019

Tourism: A Global Force For Growth And Development – UNWTO Executive Council meets in Baku

Baku (Azerbaijan), 18 June 2019 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the […]