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 […]
October 8, 2018

Council of Tourism Ministers reminded of its blue Pacific identity to foster partnership and growth

Tourism Ministers of the Pacific have concluded deliberations on regionalism and ways to further stimulate visitor growth through sustainable tourism development. The 28th Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting culminated a week of meetings in Apia, Samoa on the theme, ‘Protecting our Blue Pacific, our Livelihood and our Home’. “The blue […]
October 5, 2018

UNESCO Roundtable on Building Sustainable Tourism for Green/Blue Livelihoods in Pacific Island Countries and Territories

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) teamed up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to showcase sustainable tourism at UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, as well as initiatives from across the Pacific that emphasise the importance of culture, nature, social inclusion […]
October 2, 2018

Roundtable looks at sustainable tourism

The inaugural U.N.E.S.C.O. roundtable on building sustainable tourism for green/blue livelihoods in Pacific Island countries was opened in Apia yesterday. Held at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel, the roundtable marks the opening of the week-long 28th annual Council of Tourism Ministers meeting where stakeholders and dignitaries from 17 Pacific […]
October 1, 2018

Samoa hosts Pacific tourism ministers

Tourism Ministers from 17 Pacific Island countries will meet in Apia for the 28th annual Council of Tourism Ministers meeting this week to discuss tourism development in the region. The theme for this year’s conference is “Protecting our Blue Pacific, Our Livelihood and Our Home” and Samoa Tourism Authority C.E.O., […]
October 1, 2018

SPTO Working at promoting local food in the region

Figures revealed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization has shown that 67 percent of food consumed by the tourism sector in the region is imported. This has prompted the South Pacific Tourism Organization to call on pacific island countries to use more local food in their dishes. SPTO Research and […]
September 28, 2018

Promoting Blue Pacific priorities at 73rd United Nations General Assembly

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders are in New York this week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), providing an opportunity for collective advocacy and engagement as the Blue Pacific. Falling just two weeks after the 49th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting which was held in Nauru, UNGA provides a […]
September 28, 2018

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Scores Two Awards

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has won the ‘Best Fijian Property’ category tying with the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa from a field of 16 finalists at the annual hotel management (HM) Awards. Now in its 16th year, the prestigious HM Awards, overseen by an independent panel of industry judges, […]