Sustainable

April 1, 2021

Royal Caribbean Announces Summer 2021 UK Program, Free Cruises for Key Workers

Royal Caribbean International has confirmed a summer 2021 cruising season in the UK on the Anthem of the Seas. Select key workers will have an opportunity to sail for free. The Anthem of the Seas – a “firm favorite in the region,” according to Royal Caribbean’s press release – will […]
April 1, 2021

Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of New Odyssey of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of the new Odyssey of the Seas from shipbuilder Meyer Werft. The Quantum-Ultra class cruise ship marks the completion of a series of five ships whose construction Meyer Werft started in January 2013 with the launch of the Quantum of the Seas, according to […]
April 1, 2021

Strengthening Pacific Islands Private Sector Export capability

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTI NZ) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA Plus) are forging closer engagement to support Pacific Islands’ private sector to improve market access and grow exportability to the New Zealand market. PTI NZ and PHAMA Plus will work together to better […]
April 1, 2021

SPTO & UNWTO Host Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Product Development in the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) convened a workshop on sustainable tourism product development on Wednesday 31st March at the Holiday Inn in Suva.The workshop, which also engaged virtually with some participants, was aimed at achieving the following objectives: To support […]
April 1, 2021

PIC Supports Pacific Islands Companies At Virtual FOODEX Japan 2021

PIC set up a booth independently at the FOODEX JAPAN 2021 (46th International Food and Beverage Exposition) which is one of the largest food-related expositions in Asia. As the Exposition was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic, PIC decided to set up its booth for the support of those […]
April 1, 2021

Environmentally Responsible Building for Kiritimati

Kiritimati (Christmas) Island in the Line Group on the Eastern part of Kiribati is better known for world class game and bone fishing with spectacular fishing flats that continue to attract fishing enthusiasts from around the world. It is also where every new day begins and leads the world in […]
April 1, 2021

Ecotourism in Abemama

Ecotourism packages featured prominently at the recent Cultural Trade Fair held on the island of Abemama from 12 – 13 March 2021. An initiative by the Cultural and Museum Division of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and in collaboration with government stakeholders, the Cultural Trade Fair showcased how the Cultural […]
April 1, 2021

Tourism celebrated at Ministry Showcase.

The Ministry of Information Communication Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD) hosted its 1st National Showcase with theme ‘Sustainable Connectivity Enhances Productivity and Wealth’ on Friday, 05 March 2021 at the Bairiki Square, South Tarawa. In his opening address, the MICTTD Minister, Honourable Tekeeua Tarati said that the main purpose of the MICTTD Day […]
April 1, 2021

TAK Staff completes JICA Marketing training

Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) Senior Marketing and Promotion Officer, Ms Sarah Teetu, has completed the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tourism Promotion and Marketing online virtual training course under the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP) for the JFY2020. The virtual training was held from 15 – 26 February 2021. […]
April 1, 2021

South Tarawa Marketing Consultation

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) conducted its first marketing consultation with South Tarawa Operators on Thursday 11 March 2021. The consultation is part of the TAK’s Recovery Marketing Plan development program and was also an opportunity to gather updated product information and discuss issues that are important to operators […]
April 1, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton opens its first hotel in New Caledonia

Surrounded by a 200-hectare marine reserve near Noumea, the DoubleTree by Hilton is the only establishment in New Caledonia to offer overwater bungalows.The fifth hotel in the South Pacific and the latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio, the DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort has just opened […]
April 1, 2021

The Most Instagrammable Hotel In The World 2021: Aga Reef Resort In The Semis

Aga Reef Resort has been declared the winner of the Africa, Middle East and Oceania bracket as the organizers have decided that entrants are unable to solicit votes by use of a competition. The poll has been removed and the hotel will move onto the semifinals, where it will face the winner […]
April 1, 2021

Tourism’s Recovery Strategies Highlight at WTO Aid for Trade Event

According to the latest data from UNWTO, the pandemic led to a 73% fall globally in international tourist arrivals in 2020. The drop has been even steeper in Asia-Pacific where ADB estimates a decline of over 80% for 2020, as many Asian countries continued to impose strict travel restrictions. This sudden fall has placed […]
April 1, 2021

Kiribati Presents At UNWTO Sustainable Tourism workshop

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) participated in the UNWTO hybrid Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Product Development in the Pacific Islands as a key virtual presenter for Pacific Small Island States on Wednesday 31st March 2021. The event was hosted at Holiday Inn Suva, Fiji, and participants included government and national tourism office […]
April 1, 2021

Vaccinate Sids to Restart Tourism Kickstart Recovery, UNWTO Urges

With tourism a leading employer and economic pillar for many of the SIDS, the United Nations specialized agency has stressed that pledges to ensure ‘nobody is left behind’ in the recovery phase of the crisis must be backed up with firm actions. Given the relatively small size of the populations […]
April 1, 2021

Fiji receives $1m in humanitarian aid from China

The Chinese government donated US$500,000 (FJD $1million) in humanitarian aid to Fiji in support of the Fijian Government’s rebuilding and recovery works in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclones Yasa and TC Ana. At the grant handover certificate signing program held today at the Office of the Prime Minister, the […]
April 1, 2021

SPM Welcomes A New Luxury Private Island To Its Portfolio: Motu Nao Nao

Nao Nao is located on a 62 acre motu in the southern lagoon of Raiatea, less than a mile from the main island. Nestled in the blue lagoon and surrounded by white sand beaches, this relaxing motu is paradise on earth.The island has three unique villas that can each accommodate […]
April 1, 2021

Tourism tour operator distributes food vouchers to staff

Rosie Holidays has distributed 220 food vouchers to its staff across Fiji last week. The company said those staff had been heavily impacted by the closure of Nadi International Airport. “From June 2020, Rosie Holidays started providing food voucher to the value of $100 for each of our staff in […]
April 1, 2021

Niue hopes for June travel bubble with NZ

Niue’s Director of Health says the island is aiming to have its border with New Zealand opened by June. Dr Eddie Akau’ola said New Zealand had committed to providing vaccines for Niue’s adult population starting next month. Akau’ola said if they could administer all first doses during April they would […]
April 1, 2021

Surge in flight bookings to Rarotonga as hope grows for May travel bubble

Kiwis appear eager to begin travelling again, with a significant uptick in flight bookings to Rarotonga in the winter months following the announcement of a quarantine-free travel bubble. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after her Friday meeting with Cook Islands counterpart Mark Brown, said there was as yet no set date […]