Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau Island scoops 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards for Luxury, Families and Top Hotels in Fiji and the South Pacific

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau Island scoops 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards for Luxury, Families and Top Hotels in Fiji and the South Pacific

Radisson Blu Resort Media Release – 7th February, 2019

The Radisson Blu Resort Fiji are again proud winners of the Number 1 Family Resort in Fiji accolade through the reputable TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2019 also making a debut in the category of Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Fiji.

The resort is also awarded top positions in two other categories – Top 3 Hotels for Families in the South Pacific and Top 10 Hotels in Fiji, coming out ahead of other hotels in Denarau in terms of ranking.

“This is the resorts fourth consecutive year to win the award for Number 1 Family Resort in Fiji and our positioning for top family resort in the South Pacific has now climbed to the Number 3 ranking which is a great achievement for us,” says Charles Homsy, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji. read more….Media Release – Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – Denarau Island Scoops 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards for Luxury Families and Top Hotels in Fiji and the South Pacific

Australian govt provides USD8m boost to ADS to attract Chinese tour groups

Australian govt provides USD8m boost to ADS to attract Chinese tour groups

Blue Swan Daily – 6th Feb, 2019

Australia‘s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham reported (05-Feb-2019) the government announced an AUD11 million (USD8.0 million) boost to the Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) to attract Chinese tour group tourists to Australia. The government’s ADS accounted for one quarter of all Chinese visitors to Australia p/a and around AUD1 billion (USD723.5 million) in expenditure. “China still presents enormous opportunities for growth and the more tour groups we can attract to Australia under the ADS, the more tourism dollars injected into Australian businesses and our economy”, Mr Birmingham said. read more…

New Zealand warned of ‘tropical trouble’ as possible cyclone brews in Pacific

New Zealand warned of ‘tropical trouble’ as possible cyclone brews in Pacific

Newshub – 6th Feb, 2019

New Zealand could be about to bear the brunt of a possible tropical cyclone forming in the Pacific.

Weather Watch warns that “tropical trouble” is brewing, and could come in with a “double-whammy tropical low”.

“The tropics are about to switch up a gear with a number of big lows developing, including a possible tropical cyclone in our backyard,” weather forecaster Phillip Duncan says.

New Zealand is currently sheltered in a “tiny bubble” of good weather, but this could be about to end. read more….

 

147 tourists board PAPA as it resumes flights to Palau

147 tourists board PAPA as it resumes flights to Palau

Fiji Times –  6th February, 2019

147 tourists board PAPA as it resumes flights to Palau. Picture: ISLAND TIMES KOROR, 06 FEBRUARY 2019 (ISLAND TIMES) – One hundred and forty-seven tourists boarded the Palau Asia Pacific Air (PAPA), which now flies under the management of Global Development Group, as it began its flight to Palau, carrying passengers from Hong Kong and Macau on January 31. A ceremony for its inaugural flight was held at. read more…

FijiCare, tourism stakeholders discuss possibility for micro-insurance bundles

FijiCare, tourism stakeholders discuss possibility for micro-insurance bundles

Fiji Times – 6 February, 2019,

FIJICARE Insurance Ltd has provided micro-insurance bundles for farmers in the dairy, sugar, copra and rice farming sectors with the possibility of the tourism industry joining in the near future. Company managing director Peter McPherson said they were having discussions with stakeholders in the tourism sector on the possibility of micro-insurance bundles for workers in ..read more

Fijian citizens to soon have ePassports during this transition period

Fijian citizens to soon have ePassports during this transition period

Fiji Village – 6th Feb, 2019

Fiji will soon have ePassports however during this transition period, the Immigration Department says the current traditional passports will be gradually phased out resulting in likely delays.

Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa says the temporary drawback will be remedied immediately upon the delivery of new ePassports.

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Suncoast Ocean Swim 19 launched

Suncoast Ocean Swim 19 launched

Fiji’s newest sporting event launched at Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel

The Suncoast Ocean Swim 19 was launched at an event at Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel on Fiji’s Suncoast on Monday 4th February 2019. Fiji’s Suncoast Ocean Swim 19 event will this year be on 23rd March 2019.
There are distances for everyone and local accommodation with packages especially for you.
The event was launched by Tourism Suncoast President Mr Nick Darling, and was attended by Tourism Suncoast members and media.
“We’d like to acknowledge the support of Tourism Fiji’s Events team in pulling this together so well. It’s important to have support from all our partners in the tourism industry, and along with the resorts and tour operators on Fiji’s Suncoast, the support of our national tourism office has been critical and very much appreciated.
Matthew Stoeckel, Tourism Fiji CEO, stated, “The Tourism Fiji’s Events team was put in place in 2017 to assist regional DMOs develop new and exciting events to attract more visitors to the outer regions of Fiji.
He continued “Fiji’s events calendar is loaded with festivals and celebrations to delight and attract visitors, and this latest event on Fiji’s Suncoast will be a great addition.”
“Our Events Management Team led by Luisa Finiasi will be assisting at every opportunity to ensure the success of this sporting event.”
Mr Darling also acknowledged support from MDF in Suva, “We’re grateful to the ongoing input of MDF in continuing to assist and support Tourism Suncoast in our young start up phase. MDF assisted us throughout last year and were instrumental in launching this latest event”
The Suncoast Ocean Swim 19, with 500m, 1.5km. 3km and 5km distances is scheduled for Saturday 23rd March 2019.
There are some excellent accommodation packages from No Worries Bay, The Beehive, Wananavu Beach Resort, Tanoa Rakiraki and Volivoli Beach Resort so many different options to visit the Suncoast.
Swim categories
  • Child: 6 – 10 years (same fees as youth)
  • Youth: 11 – 16 years
  • Open Women (17 and over)
  • Open Men (17 and over)
Race distances
  • 5k
  • 3k
  • 1.5k
  • 500m

Warwick Hotels and Resorts – Pacific Ranked Amongst Top Family Resorts

Warwick Hotels and Resorts – Pacific Ranked Amongst Top Family Resorts
Fiji Sun – 5th Feb 2019
Warwick Hotels and Resorts – Pacific adds new honors to its portfolio with three properties earning awards in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards for 2019. These are the highest awards that the global review platform can bestow on a business.
Warwick Fiji and The Naviti Resort, located on the Coral Coast of Fiji, alongside Warwick Ibah – Bali, Indonesia, all received the coveted accolade.
The properties in Fiji received recognition for excellence as a Top Family Resort. Warwick Fiji ranked 4th out of 10 in Fiji and 14th out of 25 in the South Pacific, while The Naviti Resort ranked 8th in Fiji and 24th in the South Pacific. Read more:

Media Release 03/2019 _FETA Announces 2018 Finalists.

NADI, FIJI, 05 February 2019

ANZ FETA announces finalists

The Board of Trustees of the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards is pleased to announce
the finalists for the 22nd ANZ FETA season.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of FETA Bill Whiting said the finalists have been selected
by an independent judging panel made up of industry leaders.
Whiting said it is encouraging to see new entrants as well as previous winners amongst the
strong list of finalists.

05 Feb 2019_FETA announces Finalists