2019/2020 National Budget: $67.1m allocated to Trade and Tourism ministry.

2019/2020 National Budget: $67.1m allocated to Trade and Tourism ministry.

Fiji Times – 8th June, 2019

The Industry, Trade and Tourism Ministry has been allocated a total of $67.1 million in the 2019/2020 National Budget.

According to the budget estimates, the ministry would continue to add fuel to the Fijian tourism industry ensuring that tourism numbers from visitors to dollars spent continued on their upward trajectory.

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‘Stop the speculation’

‘Stop the speculation’

The Fiji Times, 07 June 2019 – THE Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) says people should stop speculating on what may have led to the unfortunate deaths of two American tourists in Fiji.

FHTA president Dixon Seeto said everyone should await the outcome of tests being done by the authorities.

“We really don’t know anything,” he said.

“We have advised our members of the latest updates from the Ministry of Health and are keeping them abreast of this.…read more

IATA: international passenger demand remains ‘solid’

IATA: international passenger demand remains ‘solid’

Blue Swan Daily, 31 May 2019 – Global trade has weakened, trade wars are intensifying and fuel prices have risen significantly. In addition, geopolitical tensions are leading to airspace closures in key regions. It is no wonder that IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said the airline industry is “seeing some headwinds” and noted the “last six months have been tough for airlines” ahead of this weekend’s IATA AGM in Seoul, South Korea.

Solid international passenger growth was the best of a bad set of performance metrics revealed by IATA for Apr-2019 as the industry continued to struggle in the fast-changing operational landscape. International passenger demand rose +5.1% year-on-year. All regions recorded traffic increases, led by airlines in Europe. Total capacity climbed +3.8%, and load factor climbed 1.1ppts to 82.5%.…read more

When it comes to electric vehicle uptake, the opportunity is there, but the infrastructure is not

When it comes to electric vehicle uptake, the opportunity is there, but the infrastructure is not

Blue Swan Daily, 31 May 2019 – Most understand the need for the travel industry, one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, to find innovative ways to rapidly reduce its impact on climate. In the automotive industry, this is led by the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), including plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).


  • Electric vehicles are expected to make up 57% of the global passenger car sales by 2040 driven by falling battery costs and changing consumer habits, according to a new report;
  • New EV models will increase competition and likely drive down costs;
  • EVs nonetheless still lag heavily behind ICEs, mainly due to charging infrastructure restrictions.

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Marriott International Fiji, 06 June 2019 – Marriott International Fiji is delighted to announce staged refurbishment of Sheraton Fiji Resort commencing 1 October 2019

Due to popular demand for the iconic Sheraton Fiji Resort, the refurbishment plan has been updated to ensure that guests can continue to enjoy the resort whilst the transformation to the new global Sheraton standard takes place.

Following the support from guests and the travel community, and the overwhelming requests for the resort to remain open during refurbishment, it is very fortunate that the layout of the resort with seven individual accommodation wings and separate lobby building, can easily allow the refurbishment works to proceed in isolated areas.

Initial works will commence on one of the seven accommodation blocks, with areas screened to minimise guest impact. During refurbishment, up to 85% of the accommodation and resort venues will continue to operate as usual and the project is expected to be finished mid-year, 2020.

The Sheraton Fiji Resort was established 30 years ago and is one of many Sheraton Resorts globally to undergo a transformation to align with our focus as The World’s Gathering Place.

Centered around the concept of community, the lobby environment has been reinvented to focus on bringing people together to create a meeting space for locals and travelers alike, to create a differentiated Fijian experience to connect and foster collaboration and friendships.

Curated food and beverage concepts, luxurious accommodation, interactive guest experiences, unique meeting venues and studios, the latest technology and best environmental practices are only a few of the amazing highlights. “When completed, Sheraton Fiji Resort will usher in a truly world-class, resort experience for our international and local guests”, explained Neeraj Chadha the Multi Property Vice President and General Manager for Marriott International Fiji and Samoa.

As we look forward to Sheraton Fiji’s transformation, our 4 additional leading resorts in Fiji continue to welcome guests. Sheraton Denarau Villas, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki Island and our newest addition, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay on the Coral Coast offer 771 bedrooms, 16 restaurants and bars, 7 conference venues and a host of recreation facilities including the 18 hole Denarau golf and racquet club. Neeraj explained, “due to this great diversity, we continue to deliver exceptional guest experiences for leisure and conference guests through our 4 resorts”.

To our frequent and new visitors, our Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott members, we look forward to continuing to welcome you to our beautiful Fiji resorts and invite you on this exciting journey as the iconic Sheraton Fiji Resort transforms.

Fiji’s tourism industry needs to remain competitive with Asia – Seeto

Fiji’s tourism industry needs to remain competitive with Asia – Seeto

Fiji Village – 7th June, 2019

Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association President, Dixon Seeto says they are impressing on government that Fiji’s tourism industry needs to remain competitive with the rest of the world and in particular with Asia.

As the industry stakeholders await the announcement of the 2019/2020 National Budget tonight, Seeto says they are hoping for a budget that will help develop the tourism industry more.

Seeto says they hope for a budget that will give support to various segments of the industry. Read more..

Fiji commemorates China Cultural Week & Food Festival for China Pacific Tourism Year (CPTY)

Fiji commemorates China Cultural Week & Food Festival for China Pacific Tourism Year (CPTY)

SPTO Media Release

SPTO member countries have convened and will convene national events to celebrate the 2019 China Pacific Tourism Year (CPTY) according to SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker.

These events include Food & Cultural Festivals, Chinese Tourism Symposium and tourism exhibitions. Mr. Cocker made the comment while addressing guests at the Opening Ceremony for China Tourism & Culture Week and Food Festival in Suva, Fiji this week.

Over the last five years, Chinese arrivals to the Pacific grew by an average of 13.36%, increasing from 88,708 in 2014 to 153,119 in 2015, the peak year, but declined to 125,347 in 2018, following the decline in Chinese arrivals to Palau the top destination for this market

However, in 2019 Chinese arrivals to Pacific is forecasted to rebound, with an expected increase in Chinese arrivals to other destinations such as Fiji, PNG, French Polynesia. The outlook for 2019 is positive, with Chinese arrivals to the Pacific is expected to increase by 4 %.

Meanwhile, the China Tourism & Culture Week and Food Festival included the China Food Festival (Huaiyang) Cuisine from Jiangsu Province of China, Folk Art Performances and Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition and Display from Ningxia Province, Tourism Photo Exhibition and Tourism Promotion from Ningxia Autonomous Region and Jiangsu Province and meetings between Ningxia Tourism officials with SPTO and Tourism Fiji.

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority Appoints PR Agency for Australia and NZ

Papua New Guinea

SPTO – 5 June, 2019

Example, a Sydney-based communications agency that specialises in hospitality, travel and lifestyle, will be handling all PR, trade relations and marketing for the PNGTPA, with a focus on driving increased visitation from Australia and New Zealand.

Working closely with the travel trade and consumer media, Example will create storytelling moments and experiences in order to educate travellers of Papua New Guinea’s culture and showcase the country as a must-visit destination.

The announcement follows a competitive tender process and sees Example’s head of marketing, Andrew Cavallaro, reinstated as the Australian and New Zealand lead for the tourism board, following his previous tenure in the role between 2014 and 2016.

PNGTPA chairman Kennedy Wenge said: “Australia is PNG’s most important source market for visitors. Read more…

Tourism Solomons chief executive calls for additional accommodation

Tourism Solomons chief executive calls for additional accommodation

Blue Swan Daily – 5th June, 2019

Tourism Solomons chief executive Josefa Tuamoto reported wholesalers need to increase the number of hotel rooms available from 360 to a minimum of 700 to meet the country’s target of handling 60,000 visitors p/a by 2025 (Radio NZ, 29-May-2019).

Mr. Tuamoto said the main issues are the limited number and quality of rooms in the Solomons, and the “Government is pushing really hard to entice investments”.

Mr. Tuamoto noted a rebranding campaign will further support increasing visitation to the island.