January 27, 2021

British High Commissioner Optimistic About 2021 Projects

The British High Commission is ready to kickstart planning and implementing projects earmarked for 2021. British High Commissioner Karen Bell affirmed the Commission is already in the planning phase. She said they are excited to work in Vanuatu, mainly on environmental and climate change related projects as Britain will be hosting […]
January 27, 2021

Rescue Mission In Tourism Fight To Survive Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic dominated the Year 2020 and still does up to now.  Our health-guided response has remained tolerant and resilient for the sake of our own protection and safety. Our frontline workers have kept us safe these past 10 months and still are. As a country we are indebted […]
January 27, 2021

Cabinet Makes Call on Next Incoming Flight

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has just finished chairing a Cabinet meeting focused on the ramifications of the widely reported COVID-19 community case in Northland, New Zealand. Tomorrow’s flight will arrive with cargo and essential goods but no passengers. Wednesday’s departure will not be affected. To read more, click HERE . […]
January 27, 2021

Vanuatu Launches Campaign to Support Post-pandemic Sustainable Tourism

In an innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought global tourism to a halt in March 2020, the marketing agency for Vanuatu’s Department of Tourism, the ‘Vanuatu Tourism Office,’ launched a campaign to encourage tourists to return to the country once travel restrictions are lifted. The campaign’s slogan is […]
January 27, 2021

New Zealand’s Borders May Stay Shut For Most Of The Year But Will Pursue Travel Arrangements With Australia And Other Pacific Nations

New Zealand’s borders will remain closed for most of this year as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, but the country will pursue travel arrangements with neighbouring Australia and other Pacific nations, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday. Medical authorities, meanwhile, may approve a Covid-19 vaccine as early as next week, Ardern said, as pressure mounts […]
January 27, 2021

Four of the Most Beautiful Locations to Visit While on Holiday in Samoa

Before the world was ravaged by COVID-19, Samoa was a popular tropical holiday destination for New Zealanders wanting a break from day-to-day life.  The close relationship between the two countries and their populations made it one of the most popular island destinations for flying Kiwis. With Samoa more than likely […]
January 27, 2021

‘England vs America’: The friendly war that unites a Tokelau atoll

Every January, Tokelau stops as its people come together for an annual cricket tournament, but it’s played differently here. Elena Pasilio takes us inside the colour, feasting and culture of territory’s beloved sport. Telehia Tionisio chases points for Egelani. Photo: RNZ / Elena Pasilio Dawn had barely broken over Nukunonu, the roosters were crowing, […]
January 27, 2021

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers and partners find new record-sized coral colony in American Samoa

NOAA-funded researchers have identified a new record size coral colony at Ta’u Island in American Samoa, even larger than the island’s Big Momma colony, one of the largest in the world. The colony was measured and described during a monitoring survey conducted by a multi-agency team including NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary […]
January 26, 2021

Government to Control Movement of Foreigners In and Out of Solomon Islands

NATIONAL government while dealing with covid-19 will introduce some control on the ‘frequency’ of foreign nationals leaving and re-entering the country. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his fortnightly nationwide address yesterday said “such frequent trips put a lot of pressure on the country’s covid-19 front-liners, all of whom had not […]
January 26, 2021

Daku Resort Savusavu – JAN & EASTER SPECIALS 2021

Bula Vinaka! Happy New Year and warmest greetings from Daku Resort! We trust your year has started on a high and positive note, and we hope it only gets better throughout 2021!  2020 will always be seen as a devastating year for the Tourism Industry worldwide. Despite the global pandemic, […]
January 26, 2021

Boeing Lays Out Plans For Sustainable Aviation

  Boeing has laid out ambitions to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation. The company hopes to offer commercial planes which are capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100 […]
January 26, 2021

World Tourism Organization Calls For Vaccine Passport

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee, at a meeting in Madrid last week organized by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is calling for a vaccine passport, saying it must become an essential travel document to help restart international tourism. “The rollout of vaccines is a step in the right […]
January 25, 2021

Vanuatu to Benefit from Israeli Agricultural Trainings

Vanuatu is among the Pacific Island countries that will benefit from Agriculture Trainings conducted through the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. “Following the Pacific Leaders’ summit with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, in Nadi on February 20, 2020 and its concluding declaration of the Israel – Pacific Food Security Alliance […]
January 25, 2021

Blue Lagoon Cruises: New Locals Cruise Departure Dates Announced

What a wonderful summer we have had so far with a number of successful ‘locals only’ cruises around Fiji’s Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. Due to the popularity and fabulous feedback from guests, we have launched some exciting cruise departures. We hope you can join us! 3 Night Valentines CruiseThursday 11 to […]
January 25, 2021

Passengers Told to Wear Masks

As 41 people arrived back on Rarotonga on Friday, another 125 Cook Islanders head back to New Zealand this afternoon. It’s been more than a year since Mariata Tavioni-Pittman has been home to Rarotonga. She was one of 41 passengers (40 adults and one child), who was on Air New […]
January 23, 2021

World Bank Group’s Game Plan to Reset Economic Recovery for Olympic Rugby Champions, Fiji

In 2016, Fiji celebrated its first ever Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games in Brazil from sevens rugby, a sport that placed the small island nation on the same pedestal as other developed nations.   Four years later, the nation like many countries in the world experienced unprecedented economic […]
January 22, 2021

New project-based appointments at Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)

SPTO is pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff to support the implementation of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) funded projects for 2021. Ms Luisa Finiasi joins SPTO as Project Coordinator, Mrs Nalini Devi as Finance & Administration Officer and Mr Lasarusa Saqusaqu […]
January 22, 2021

World Travel & Tourism Council Releases Mental Health Guidelines For Travel And Tourism Sectors

THE WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL (WTTC) HAS LAUNCHED ITS NEW MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES TO HELP BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES IN THE INDUSTRY SUPPORT THEIR EMPLOYEES. The mental health guidelines build on the diversity and inclusion guidelines released by WTTC in 2020, going one step deeper to focus on mental […]
January 22, 2021

Cruise Lines International Association – CLIA Names New Global Chairman

MSC CRUISES’ PIERFRANCESCO VAGO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO A TWO-YEAR TERM AS GLOBAL CHAIRMAN OF THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA), EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Vago served as chief of MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, before becoming the cruise line’s executive chairman in 2016. He also previously served as chairman of […]
January 22, 2021

Aviation in the Pacific in the Spotlight for Ministerial Meeting

Aviation is a critical service and enabler in the Pacific, acting as a bridge in the skyconnecting us to the world. To heighten the role of aviation in the region, particularlyto the tourism sector, the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has taken the lead inpreparing a White Paper ahead of the […]