Sustainable

May 5, 2021

French Polynesia reopens again

French Polynesia has re-opened its borders for quarantine-free travel, with the first flight from Los Angeles arriving on Tuesday morning [NZT]. Such access is however restricted to vaccinated tourists from the United States who have tested negative for Covid-19 no more than three days before departure. Air Tahiti Nui relaunched […]
May 5, 2021

Cook Islands and New Zealand Annoounce Travel Bubble for May 17th

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel […]
May 5, 2021

Fai Meaalofa campaign targets diaspora in key markets

In efforts to further boost domestic tourism, Samoa Tourism is developing a campaign which will target overseas based Samoans with the aim to further assist the local tourism industry. The Campaign, known as ‘Fai Meaalofa’, will utilize the available platforms that are currently used by the VFR segment across source […]
May 5, 2021

Industry Assistance with Equipment handover

Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) handed over tents and camping equipment to the value of $38,000 to the Samoa Hotel Association (SHA), Savaii Samoa Tourism Association (SSTA) and the operators of Mt Silisili trail at Aopo. The tents and camping equipment (inclusive sleeping bags & tents) were donated to the Authority […]
May 5, 2021

Adventure highlighted in Try Something Different domestic campaign

Samoa Tourism Authority recently launched the second video in its “Try Something Different” campaign to further push domestic tourism and stimulate demand.  The campaign encourages locals to rediscover their backyard and try different experiences. The second video highlights a range of adventures. From catching your own fish to trekking along […]
May 5, 2021

Vaccine roll-out bodes well for travel-ready preparations

The community roll-out of Samoa’s Covid-19 vaccination drive got underway earlier this week. Faamatuainu Lenatai Suifua, Samoa Tourism Authority CEO said that ‘the roll-out to the community is a welcome development especially as efforts at the industry-level are well underway to ensure Samoa is in a position to welcome and […]
May 4, 2021

Micronesian scientist becomes first Pacific Islander to reach ocean’s deepest point

Nicole Yamase visited the Challenger Deep trench, which lies nearly 11km below the surface It is a place that has been visited by fewer people than have flown to the moon – pitch black, 11km down, the last frontier. Last month, Nicole Yamase became the first Pacific Islander, the third […]
May 4, 2021

Earth Day Poetry Slam Targets Youth

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the FSM Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management organized a nation-wide poetry slam for secondary school students, with the theme “How do we restore our Earth?” The aim of the event was to strengthen engagement and awareness on the shared […]
May 4, 2021

High Level Support Shown For FSM Plastics Repurposing Initiative

A plastics repurposing training, held in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from 27-29 April, greatly benefitted from the support of the honorable First Lady, Ms. Patricia Edwin. Through the FSM Division of Tourism, the workshop attracted 24 participants some of whom included girl scouts groups, representatives from the indigenous […]
April 30, 2021

AVL welcomes the return of passenger travel following the Efate travel suspension

AVL congratulates the Efate community on the respect shown to the suspension of travel declared by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) last week. Such short-term shutdowns of public travel have been widely used as a tool to limit any potential spread of Covid-19 elsewhere in the world and AVL […]
April 30, 2021

WTTC Global Summit closes with Travel & Tourism leaders uniting to restart safe international travel

The world’s leading private and public sector Travel & Tourism leaders took a united stand to safely restart international travel at the closure of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit. They used the prestigious forum to share their experiences from the last 12 devastating months, which had […]
April 30, 2021

Marshalls gets Pacific voice heard at climate summit

The Marshall Islands has issued a plea for help and a call to action at the US Leaders Summit on Climate Change. Addressing the virtual meeting on Friday, President David Kabua laid out the existential threat facing his country and the Pacific. Kabua is the lone Pacific leader invited by […]
April 30, 2021

UNWTO and IATA Collaborate on Destination Tracker to Restore Confidence in Travel

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announce a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel. It is the result of both organizations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen. The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker […]
April 30, 2021

IATA / IATAN ID Card Benefits for Travel Agents Expanded

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the benefits available to the travel agent community through the ID Card and the AgentExperience platform.  Eligible travel professionals (in possession of an IATA or IATAN ID card) can already access benefits such as special offers for flights, hotels, car rentals, sightseeing, ground transportation, familiarization […]
April 30, 2021

Royal Caribbean CEO Bayley Highlights Role of Vaccine in Caribbean Cruising

Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO Michael Bayley highlighted the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines in the company’s planned restart in North America and the Caribbean. “Nine months ago, we formed a task force with the cruise industry, bringing together the cruise lines that operate in the Caribbean and the […]
April 30, 2021

The Biggest Cruise Brands By Capacity This Summer

MSC Cruises may be the biggest cruise brand based on confirmed resumption plans (as of late April 2021) and ships and berths back in service by August 31, using data from the 2021 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. On a corporate level, Carnival Corporation will have the most ships and […]
April 30, 2021

UNWTO and Google Partner to Guide Restart of African Tourism

In a special capacity building event, researchers and marketing professionals from 20 African National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) benefitted from two days of training on themes designed to help them attract visitors and better manage their tourism sectors. As well as insights into data collection, analysis and management, the regional course […]
April 30, 2021

Wyndham Releases 2021 Environmental, Social And Governance (ESG) Report, Highlighting Commitment To Operate In A Socially, Ethically And Environmentally Responsible Way

yndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) – the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 8,900 hotels across nearly 95 countries and territories – today released its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report highlighting its commitment to operate in a way that is socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. “As the world’s largest […]
April 30, 2021

Webjet.co.nz Launches Carbon Offset Program

Leading online travel agent Webjet has today announced the launch of its carbon offset program, Sustainable Traveller, in New Zealand, which enables customers to take action on climate change by offsetting their flights when booking with Webjet.co.nz. From today, Webjet customers in New Zealand will be offered the option to […]
April 30, 2021

Corporations Increase Demand for Hotel Sustainability Data

Multiple lodging companies told BTN that the number of corporate travel buyer requests for hotel sustainability information has soared in the past year. A few years ago, Marriott International had requests from about 20 customers for their carbon footprint with the hotel operator, said Marriott VP of sustainability and supplier […]