March 6, 2019

Plasticity Pacific the plastic sustainability conference

A one-day intensive collaboration of business leaders and industry influencers, Plasticity sparks the conversations that ignite world-changing initiatives. Utilising a “Ted-Talks” style format, Plasticity introduces practical sustainability concepts that are relevant to today’s business world, and showcases new market opportunities for transforming plastic waste into valuable second-life resources. Plasticity is much more than a conference: it’s a global movement of informed eco-optimism, fuelled […]
March 1, 2019

Innovators, Business Leaders To Converge For Plasticity Pacic Forum, March 13

Plasticity – is nding practical business solutions that get plastics out of the environment and back into circulation. With 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering oceans each year, causing an estimated USD$13Bn2 worth of ecosystem damage, action is needed now. For the economies of the Pacific, plastic pollution directly […]
February 28, 2019

Marshall Islands plans to raise islands to escape sea level rise

Facing possible extinction from rising sea levels, the Marshall Islands is for the first time focusing on how to raise islands in this atoll nation. “Raising our islands is a daunting task but one that must be done,” President Hilda Heine said in an interview with the Marshall Islands Journal published Friday. […]
February 28, 2019

Fiji extends 10 year ban on hunting and selling turtles

The Fiji Government says a ban on the harvesting of sea turtles will continue this year. A 10 year moratorium on the harvesting and sale of turtles expired at the beginning of the year but the government said it will continue to prohibit the sale, possession and transportation of the […]
February 27, 2019

Addressing the plastic problem through innovative partnerships

Op-ed by Christopher Cocker, CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation The health of our oceans is under threat from the effects of climate change, overfishing and pollution- specifically plastic pollution.  And it can get worse; a 2016 study The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics stated that […]
February 26, 2019


The Uprising Beach Resort is looking for an Environmental Steward (ES) to assist the Environmental Manager in everyday task. The post VACANCY – ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.
February 19, 2019

Nanuku Recognises Sustainable Practices

The resort has been nominated alongside Castaway Island Fiji, InterContinental Fiji Golf and Spa, Malamala Beach Club and Maqai Eco Surf Resort. Nanuku Auberge Resort honoured to be named as a finalist in the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards Culinary Services category. The awards will held tomor­row at Sofitel […]
February 19, 2019

Nadi International Airport Receives Green Airports Recognition

Nadi International Airport is one of the 9 airports celebrated in Green Airports Recognition 2019. ACI Asia-Pacific announced the results of the Green Airports Recognition 2019 in which Nadi International Airport received Silver Recognition in the less than 10 million passengers per annum category. The programme recognises airports’ outstanding achievements […]
February 19, 2019

Prime Minister Bainimarama Gives Environment Warning To All Prospective Developers

Voreqe Bainimarama announces Government would roll out a hotline soon where Fijians could report any environment abuse. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night issued a stern warning to prospective developers that any breach of environmental protections would be met with the full force of the law. Mr Bainimarama sent the […]
February 15, 2019

Invitation to join the Agritourism Experiences Talanoa 27-28 February 2019, Nadi Fiji

The Pacific Agribusiness Research in Development Initiative (PARDI2) and International Finance Corporation (IFC), alongside the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON), invite you to attend an AgriTourism Experiences Talanoa.  The event will be held at Tokatoka Resort, Nadi, Fiji from 27 – 28 […]
February 14, 2019

Full steam ahead: a look at 2019 cruise trends

The coming year will no doubt be another exciting one for the cruise industry. According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruise passenger volume has been growing since it began tracking in 2009. At that time, just 17.8 million passengers had cruised. Nine years later, CLIA forecasted 28 million passengers to cruise in […]
February 8, 2019

SPTO welcomes University of Winnipeg intern

Ms. Madisen Hiebert, a Business Administration student from Manitoba, Canada has recently joined the SPTO team in Suva for a 3-month internship.  Madisen is the second intern from the Semester in Development-Fiji program coordinated by Insights Global Education, a Vancouver-based social enterprise with a mission to change the attitudes and […]
February 7, 2019

SPTO eyes China market to offset decline from traditional markets

The Pacific tourism industry is poised to benefit from the China Pacific Tourism Year initiative announced by President Xi Jinping during the Pacific Leaders’ meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting last November. South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Chief Executive Officer Chris Cocker made the comment while conveying his Chinese […]
February 7, 2019

Samoa Joins The Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Samoa has become the latest Pacific island country to enforce a ban on single-use plastics in a bid to address the growing issue of plastic pollution. The Waste (Plastic Ban) Management Regulation 2018 was officially endorsed by Cabinet of the Government of Samoa in 2018 to manage the plastic problem […]
February 6, 2019

Plantation island Resort Kids Swimming Pool completion

The refurbishment of Plantation Island Resorts Kids Pool was due to be completed at the end of February 2019. The refurbishment has been completed early with pool being be completely retiled, handle rails applied to the stairs and anti-slip applied to the outside areas of the pool. The  have also […]
February 4, 2019

Launch of Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for Coastal Tourism Development for The Pacific Islands and Territories

While tourism already directly contributed to more than 12% of the total GDP for Pacific island economies in 2016, the World Travel & Tourism Council has forecast a further increase of 5 – 6% per annum for the tourism sector’s share to GDP in the Pacific between 2017 and 2027. […]
February 4, 2019

Awareness Raising Event on Emerging Environmental Issues Targeting Pacific Judges

As new technologies create a growing demand for metals and minerals, mining companies and governments are demonstrating a growing interest in exploring the potential commercial benefits arising from seabed resources such as seafloor massive sulphides, manganese nodules and cobalt-rich crusts. However, the deep-sea ocean floor is home to a diversity […]
January 18, 2019

Greetings from the SPTO CEO

Warm Pacific Greetings from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation We are committed to working with our members, partners, supporters and friends in progressing the industry in 2019. A key theme of our work this year is re-affirming our Blue Pacific Identity. This follows on from of the successful 2018 Council […]
January 18, 2019

GES 2019 Launches Call for Applications for Entrepreneurs

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the premier annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative thinkers that underscores the United States’ commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation.  The 2019 GES will be held in partnership with the Dutch government June 4-5, 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands. Approximately […]
January 17, 2019

Fiji turning to coral gardening to save its lucrative South Pacific reefs from bleaching

Tourism is the backbone of Fiji’s economy but it’s under threat; the Pacific island paradise and many of the vibrant coral reefs that hundreds of tourists, particularly Australians, come to see have been killed off in mass coral bleaching events. But could “coral gardening” restore these reefs, and in doing […]