April 16, 2021

Luxury Cruisers Are Ready to Sail and See the World

Passengers are prepared to spend more on luxury cruises today than pre-pandemic due to a long break from vacationing, as well as future cruise credits accumulated from pandemic-related cancellations, according to the2021 Luxury Market Report by Cruise Industry News. This is according to luxury cruise specialists Cruise Industry News spoke to. “No question […]
April 16, 2021

UNWTO, ONCE FOUNDATION AND ENAT – Delivering Accessible Tourism For All

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will continue to build on its successful partnership with the Spanish ONCE Foundation and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). The three parties have agreed to extend their partnership agreement for a further four years to ensure that their work to improve accessibility, in […]
April 16, 2021

Advancing Harmonized Travel Protocols and Financing Tourism’s Survival

The ninth meeting of the Crisis Committee advanced solutions to the biggest challenges standing in the way of international travel returning. Committee members, drawn from political leadership, international organizations, including UNWTO’s sister UN agencies, finance and the private sector, discussed the Crisis Committee’s Recommendations, which focus on four core areas: the resumption […]
April 13, 2021

French Polynesia obtains the international certification “Safe Travels by WTTC”

“Safe Travels by WTTC” is the world’s first global health and safety label for travel and tourism, designed specifically to deal with COVID-19 and other similar health situations. After reviewing the protocols and awareness actions deployed by French Polynesia, Mrs. Gloria GUEVARA, President and CEO of theWorld Travel & Tourism […]
April 13, 2021

The Islands Of Tahiti To Reopen Borders On May 1st, 2021

The President of French Polynesia, Mr. Edouard Fritch travelled to Paris to meet several members of the French government and President Mr. Emmanuel Macron. The following subjects have been discussed in particular: the COVID-19 pandemic in French Polynesia has clearly improved and is under control with less than 20 new […]
April 9, 2021

Trans-Tasman Bubble: Loophole means Australians can travel to other countries via NZ

A trans-Tasman travel bubble is set to open on the evening of April 18, but for Australians looking to visit countries beyond New Zealand, a loophole in the agreement will allow them to do so. While Australians currently require special permission to leave Australia from the federal government’s Border Force, […]
April 9, 2021

Expert: Koreans have money, desire, to travel, when safe

There is strong demand for travel from South Korea, with many Koreans indulging in pricy “stay-cations” at luxury hotels in the country, according to travel expert James Lee, who said occupancy in Korea’s 5-star hotels is more than 80%. “People don’t have much to do. They really want to travel […]
April 9, 2021

New Zealand travel bubble to allow Australians to fly overseas later this month

New Zealand will allow Australian travellers to enter the country without mandatory hotel quarantine from April 19. “Cabinet was presented with advice today that conditions for opening up quarantine-free travel with Australia had been met,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. Ms Ardern warned people to be prepared to […]
April 9, 2021

Tourism Industry Helps with National Vaccination Effort

Nadi, April 9, 2021 – A strong and positive contingent of tourism frontliners were this week vaccinated, thanks to the combined effort of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services working arm-in-arm with the industry, through the Tourism Recovery Team.  A number of transport companies also provided vehicles to the […]
April 9, 2021

New Zealand travel bubble: Loophole means Australians can travel to other countries via NZ

A trans-Tasman travel bubble is set to open on the evening of April 18, but for Australians looking to visit countries beyond New Zealand, a loophole in the agreement will allow them to do so. While Australians currently require special permission to leave Australia from the federal government’s Border Force, […]
April 9, 2021

Fiji Airways Announces Return to Service for Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Following Regulatory Approval

1 April 2021: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today confirmed the acceptance of return-to-service requirements of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by its regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF). CAAF’s acceptance and approval follows that of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia and the Civil Aviation […]
April 9, 2021

CMI: 4 Weeks To Prepare a Cruise Ship for Sailing Again

It takes about four weeks to prepare a cruise ship for sailing again, said President and CEO of CMI, Jim Barreiro de León. “We are on a schedule of four weeks prior to the actual activation and moving of the vessel at the moment because of the quarantine periods for […]
April 9, 2021

Royal Caribbean Suspends Most Cruises Through June; Eyes July Restart

Royal Caribbean International announced that it has decided to extend the suspension of sailings for its global fleet through June 30th, 2021, but excluding sailings onboard Quantum, Spectrum, Voyager, Anthem, Adventure, Vision, Jewel, and Odyssey of the Seas. “Our plan is to resume further operation in July,” the company said. Other Notes: […]
April 9, 2021

Post-Pandemic Luxury Travel

Once the pandemic subsides, luxury clients are considering a wide range of destinations and experiences that virtually blanket the globe, travel advisors said. “My clients are looking for all sorts of off-the-beaten-track vacations,” said Gloria Hobbins of Global Village Travels. “They have been reading and watching lots of virtual stuff […]
April 9, 2021

Criterion A1: Hotel Sustainability Management System – Implementation Guidance

This Guidance document aims at helping hotels get started in fulfilling criterion A1 – Sustainability Management System (SMS) of the GSTC Industry Criteria. GSTC Member Greenview, a leading sustainability consulting and research firm with over a decade of experience working with dozens of hotel companies, has prepared this guidance document […]
April 9, 2021

GSTC Announces Expanding Online Training to Sustainable Business Travel and Sustainable Hotel Courses

he Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the leading global authority on sustainability standards for travel and tourism, expands its successful Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) to include Sustainable Business Travel courses and Sustainable Hotels courses. The program has been providing practical insights and expert guidance to help thousands of tourism […]
April 9, 2021

Samoa Tourism Authority Launches ‘Try Something Different’ Campaign

As part of ongoing marketing efforts targeting the domestic market, the Samoa Tourism Authority recently launched its ‘Try Something Different’ campaign. The initiative, which is part of Government’s strategic response to supporting the local industry during the Covid-19 Pandemic, promotes the range of tourism and hospitality products and services available […]
April 9, 2021

Some Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Fiji: ANZ Report

There is some light at the end of the tunnel. This was highlighted in the ANZ Research Pacific Economic Outlook Fiji report, co-authored by ANZ’s International Economist Kishti Sen and Senior International Economist Tom Kenny. The report was released yesterday. The report said: “We are optimistic that some tourism can […]
April 9, 2021

Aga Progresses in ‘The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World’ Contest

Samoa’s Aga Reef Resort has taken out the Africa, Middle East and Oceania category of the contest to progress to the semifinal of Luxury Travel Advisor’s “The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” competition. In the semi-final, the luxury boutique resort located on Upolu’s famed south coast close to Lalomanu […]
April 9, 2021

Tourism Australia campaign to attract Kiwis starts.

Tourism Australia is kicking off its first international campaign in more than a year today to remind New Zealanders of the experiences that await them across the Tasman. Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison says she hopes New Zealanders will make the most of the two way bubble that starts […]