February 9, 2021

WTTC calls for focus on individual travellers to boost safety

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. The body is urging governments around the world to shift their focus from whole countries, towards individual travellers. Instead, WTTC […]
February 9, 2021

UNWTO Prepares for Morocco General Assembly

Officials from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Morocco met to prepare for the general assembly event set to take place in October. The meeting will be the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the beginning of the pandemic. Led by the secretary general, […]
February 9, 2021

Journey Continues Towards a More Sustainable and Resilient Tourism Industry

In 2019, the Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the first sector policy for tourism in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy. To gain support in the implementation of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) the DoT held the first ever Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference in November 2019. A key […]
February 9, 2021

Santo Travel Centre Revitalised

A new look for the Santo Travel Centre, located at the ACOM Building in Luganville, has been revealed on Wednesday by the Special Advisor to the Tourism Minister, Mr Thompson Pakoa. The fresh and vibrant new centre features maps of each province and highlight experiences you can have across Vanuatu. “The […]
February 9, 2021

VTO Free Fun Bus Continues into 2021

The Vanuatu Tourism Office’s popular Free Fun Bus service which was on hot demand over Christmas and New Year’s, will continue throughout 2021 as part of VTO’s ‘Sapotem Lokol Tourism’ campaign to encourage people to get out to rural areas and support tourism businesses. CEO Mrs Adela Issachar Aru states, “Having […]
February 9, 2021

Care Fiji Commitment receives World Travel and Tourism Council recognition

Fiji’s Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) Programme has received recognition by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a global body on Travel and Tourism. With this recognition, Fijian tourism businesses that have made the Care Fiji Commitment can access both the CFC branding tools and the globally recognised WTTC ‘Safe […]
February 9, 2021

Fiji Airways Extends Use Of Flight Credits To End Of 2022

Fiji Airways is offering greater flexibility to customers holding flight credits by extending validity up to 31st December 2022. The credits are for cancelled flights resulting from COVID-19 enforced border closures from 19th March last year. Scheduled commercial flights on the airline’s international network suspended in March continue while border […]
February 8, 2021

Pacific Sustainable Tourism Framework – Stakeholder Consultation

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February 5, 2021

Fiji Airways Awarded Highest Diamond “Hospital-Grade” Airline Certification by APEX Health Safety

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has been awarded the Diamond certification, the highest standard for travel safeguards in a COVID-19 world by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying. The ‘Diamond’ rating is the highest attainable rating in the audit conducted by APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying and […]
February 5, 2021

Regional Working Group For Sustainable Tourism, Research and Statistics Holds Its First Meeting

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) this week convened the first meeting of its Regional Working Group (RWG) for Sustainable Tourism, Research and Statistics. Comprising of representatives from SPTO member countries, the private sector, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners, the RWG will guide the work being undertaken to […]
February 5, 2021

Pacific Tourism Organisation’s Plastics Repurposing Initiative In Kiribati Wins International Acclaim

The Pacific Tourism Organisation’s (SPTO) plastic repurposing programme has been internationally recognized by the World Creative Tourism Network, who have awarded the Tourism Authority of Kiribati with the Best Strategy in the Creative Tourism Development category of the 2020 Creative Tourism Awards. The initiative, which was launched in 2019 alongside […]
February 5, 2021

New Covid-19 measures in American Samoa

American Samoa’s governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga has made it mandatory to wear masks and social distancing in both public and private sector. The governor’s new directive amends provision of his Covid-19 emergency declaration on January 30th, which is to run until March. Under an amended provision, social distancing and wearing […]
February 5, 2021

Tokelau officials taking no chances with Covid-19

Covid-free Tokelau is the only Pacific Realm nation of New Zealand not in talks with the country about a possible one-way travel bubble. The Cook Islands one-way travel free bubble is already in place with New Zealand, and talks are under way for a similar scheme with Niue. That is […]
February 5, 2021

Seabourn Announces Signature Savings Event On 2021-2022 Voyages

A Preliminary Analysis Report completed in January highlights that ‘sustainable tourism will only be a reality in the Pacific when there is a shared understanding, clear priorities and a collaborative approach to address them’. Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, is offering guests exceptional savings on select 2021 and 2022 […]
February 4, 2021

Policy Framework for a Shared Vision for Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific

A Preliminary Analysis Report completed in January highlights that ‘sustainable tourism will only be a reality in the Pacific when there is a shared understanding, clear priorities and a collaborative approach to address them’. The report is part of the development process in establishing a Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework […]
February 4, 2021

Tourism a Priority for Kiribati

Tourism remains a priority for the Government of Kiribati. This was revealed at the Ministry of Information, Communication, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD) Ministry Strategic Plan(MSP) retreat at the Nemat Lodge in Buariki, North Tarawa on Saturday 30 January 2021. The retreat was organized by the MICTTD Planning and Research […]
February 4, 2021

Travel Restrictions To French Polynesia

Faced with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases around the world and in order to preserve French Polynesia which has for its part, shown significant improvement for several consecutive weeks, the authorities have decided to temporarily suspend travel to French Polynesia including for tourists from all origins until further notice. As of Wednesday, […]
February 4, 2021

Henry Puna Selected As New Secretary General

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February 4, 2021

Pacific Leaders Place Focus On COVID-19 Vaccine, Select Henry Puna As New Secretary-General 

Forum HQ, Suva, FIJI–   Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have concluded their Special Leaders Retreat overnight and have announced Henry Puna as the incoming Secretary General.  Also on the agenda of the Special Leaders Retreat was the COVID-19 pandemic, including the distribution of vaccines to the region.    Leaders acknowledged the region’s efforts to date to manage the spread of the COIVD-19 pandemic in the Pacific region, including […]
February 3, 2021

New Caledonia receives ‘Best of the World – 2021 Sustainable Destination’ accolade by National Geographic Traveller

National Geographic Traveller has selected New Caledonia as one of its ‘Best of the World – 2021 Sustainable Destinations’. From carbon-neutral cities in the making to destinations offering a blueprint for sustainable nature and wildlife tourism, this list highlights places in the world that aim to safeguard our precious planet’s natural […]