South Pacific Tourism Organisation News

South Pacific Tourism Organisation News

Pacific Pulse – 08 February 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of Pacific Pulse – your one-stop shop for the latest tourism news and highlights from across the Pacific.

SPTO eyes China market to offset decline from traditional markets​

The Pacific tourism industry is poised to benefit from the China Pacific Tourism Year initiative announced by President Xi Jinping during the Pacific Leaders’ meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting last November. Read more.  Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

Solomon Islands High Commissioner Visits SPTO

The new Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji,  HE William Soaki paid a courtesy call on the SPTO CEO Chris Cocker and the Management team this week. Read more.  Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Thanked Local Inbound Tour Operator And Tourism Partner

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Thanked Local Inbound Tour Operator And Tourism Partner

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa – Media Release 8th Feb, 2019

The Sales & Marketing department of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa team expressed their appreciation to local tour operators and key tourism stakeholders with an incredible & Colours of the Orient themed event celebrating the contributions, business support and relationships which make InterContinental Fiji a premium destination for Fiji.

Acknowledging the emerging business opportunities from Asia, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
drew inspiration from their theme & Colours of the Orient with stylish oriental decor, showcasing
flavourful menus, traditional Chinese lion dancing and contemporary Japanese Taiko drumming. With the
elaborate celebration underway, guests were dressed to impress in stylish Asian themed outfits, with the
colour red being a favourite amongst the crowd. The evening was further complemented by multi-genre
Live Band, Resonate, captivating the attendee's with familiar tunes to dance to.Media Release – InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Thanked Local Inbound Tour Operator And Tourism Partner..

Pacific Pulse: Highlights this week

Pacific Pulse: Highlights this week

South Pacific Tourism Organisation News

SPTO eyes China market to offset decline from traditional markets​

The Pacific tourism industry is poised to benefit from the China Pacific Tourism Year initiative announced by President Xi Jinping during the Pacific Leaders’ meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting last November. Read more.  Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

Solomon Islands High Commissioner Visits SPTO

The new Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji,  HE William Soaki paid a courtesy call on the SPTO CEO Chris Cocker and the Management team this week. Read more.  Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

SPTO welcomes University of Winnipeg intern​

Ms. Madisen Hiebert, a Business Administration student from Manitoba, Canada has recently joined the SPTO team in Suva for a 3-month internship.  Read more.  Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

Register NOW for SPTE 2019

This is a unique opportunity for international buyers (international travel wholesalers and tour operators) to network and establish a business network in the Pacific Islands. It also extends to our Pacific tourism sellers (hotels, airlines, tour, excursion, transport operators) to showcase their range of products and services.    Tweet Button Facebook Like Button

Regional  News

Tourism Solomons announces date for 2019 ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange​

Tourism Solomons has confirmed the second annual ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange will take place in Honiara on 05 July 2019. Read moreFacebook Like ButtonTweet Button

The Kiribati National Tourism Office Visitor Satisfaction Survey (VSS) 2019 – Kiritimati Branch

We are pleased to announce that the VSS for the year 2019 commenced on Wednesday 9th of January 2019 to all departing visitors to Fiji and Hawaii, and this will be carried on until the last flight on December 2019. Read moreFacebook Like ButtonTweet Button

Tourism Fiji Hosts Brand Launch in Auckland​

Tourism Fiji is pleased to announce that beginning in February, its two newly launched brand videos will be running on TV.  Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Samoa welcomes first Fiji ambassador​

Fiji’s first ambassador to Samoa says his appointment symbolises the desire of the two countries’ prime ministers to work together on common issues. Read moreFacebook Like ButtonTweet Button

Watch This Hub Growing​

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil makes no secret of his desire to see PNG rival Fiji as a hub of the Pacific.  Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Sustainable Tourism News

Awareness Raising Event on Emerging Environmental Issues Targeting Pacific Judges

As new technologies create a growing demand for metals and minerals, mining companies and governments are demonstrating a growing interest in exploring the potential commercial benefits… Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Samoa Joins The Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Samoa has become the latest Pacific island country to enforce a ban on single-use plastics in a bid to address the growing issue of plastic pollution. Read more. Tweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

The recent Sustainable Resource Management in Hotels Trainings and individual stakeholder consultations in Samoa and Fiji saw keen interest from the hotel industry to support the pilot phase of its Sustainability Monitoring Programme as Tourism Sustainability Champions. Read moreFacebook Like Button Tweet Button

Launch of Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for Coastal Tourism Development for The Pacific Islands and Territories​

While tourism already directly contributed to more than 12% of the total GDP for Pacific island economies in 2016, the World Travel & Tourism Council has forecast a further increase of 5 – 6% per annum… Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Improve your hotel performance, while making a difference. This program is designed to connect you with useful tools and information that will make your job easier and your business more successful. Participating in the program is not only free, but it can also lead to long-term savings and an enhanced brand reputation – all while helping to conserve our region’s natural and cultural resources! Read more.
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Industry News

Holiday Inn Vanuatu launches all-inclusive​

All-inclusive accommodation packages have been launched for the first time by Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu. Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Strong growth for Fiji weddings website​

Popular weddings website Bula Bride has finished the 2018 year with a 100% increase in reader numbers year on year. Read more . Tweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Plantation Island Resort Kids Swimming Pool completion​

The refurbishment of Plantation Island Resorts Kids Pool was due to be completed at the end of February 2019. Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Air Vanuatu gives grace period for ID cards​

Vanuatu’s national airline has given a grace period for people living in remote islands for obtaining a National ID card for use in domestic flights.  Read moreFacebook Like ButtonTweet Button

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

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. Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Return to Paradise Wins Samoa’s Top Tourism Award​

Return to Paradise Resort & Spa has won the supreme award for Overall National Tourism Excellence at the annual Samoan Tourism Awards. Read moreFacebook Like Button Tweet Button

Seabreeze Resort wins Five Awards in Two Days​

Seabreeze Resort, Samoa’s only adult’s only resort, has does the unthinkable winning five awards in two days. Seabreeze was a winner in three categories at the 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards and won two categories at The Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards. Read moreFacebook Like ButtonTweet Button

Change of general manager at VOMO​

VOMO Island Fiji resort GM Mark Leslie will move on in March after six years at the luxury resort.  Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Fiji Airways launches Love is in the Air…fare​

Get extra love this Valentine’s with sweetheart flight deals from Australia, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore to Fiji.  Read more.
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APTC welcomes new Country Director for Fiji and Tuvalu​

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Jovesa Saladoka as the Country Director for Fiji and Tuvalu. Read moreTweet Button Facebook Like Button

Crusoe’s Retreat continues renovations

Physical and digital renovations will continue at Fiji’s Crusoe’s Resort in 2019 after the pool was upgraded and Taki Beach Bar & Grill was launched beachside last year. Read moreTweet ButtonFacebook Like Button

Cruise News

German cruise ship visits Samoa​

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Fiji Government to prosecute rogue resort island developer.

Malolo Island Resort

RNZ – 8th Feb

Freesoul Real Estate Development has begun constructing a resort with plans for around 370 bures on Malolo just off Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.

Some of the bungalows were to be built over the water and others amid protected mangroves.

Villagers on the island this week called for the construction of the resort to stop because they said it was damaging their islands’ environment.

In a statement yesterday Fiji’s environment minister, Mahendra Reddy, said the company’s original plans had been rejected in December last year after an environmental impact assessment determined they would be too destructive. read more….

Useful Links

Below is a list of useful links and contacts to Government departments, national bodies, Embassies and High Commissions, etc for future reference. Just click on the listing name you wish to visit to access their website;

Government Portal – Ministers & Institution contacts

Fiji Immigration: (website temporarily unavailable)

Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) – Tourism Arrivals

Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS) – Online portal & Tax information

Industry Licenses:

Maritime & Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) – Regulations, Courses, Officials contacts

National Occupational Health & Safety Services (OHS): – Contacts, Labour Laws, Forms

Fiji Meteorological Services

Fiji Police Force – Force Directory

High Commissions/Embassies:

OTHER:

Publications:

  • EIA Guidelines for Coastal Tourism Development in PIC’s & Territories : viewed HERE
  • Economic Impact Assessment on Fiji’s Yachting Industry : viewed HERE

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….