Pacific Islands

Double Tree for Noumea

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:34

L’Escapade Island Resort is likely to re-open as a Double Tree by Hilton in September 2020 after a major refurbishment from May through August.

South Pacific trade event

Monday, 30 September 2019 20:02

The South Pacific will be out in force for two days in Christchurch next year.

Eco tours: off the beaten track

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:31

New adventures to Vanuatu’s emerging destinations of Ambrym and Malekula have been developed by Vanuatu EcoTours, and follow the launch of the company’s three-day Trek Tanna tour earlier this year.

Fiji mega famil fills fast

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:01

All 38 spots for Tourism Fiji’s Matai mega famil scheduled for 17 to 24 November 2019 have been filled after more than 200 expressions of interest were registered earlier this month.

Cook Islands roadshow

Friday, 06 September 2019 00:17

A steady stream of new developments in the Cook Islands helped attract some 200 agents to the destination’s ‘Love a Little’ educational event and function this week.

Fiji bride businesses combine

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:05

Bula Bride has acquired the wedding business I Was Married In Fiji (IWMIF). Bula Bride’s director, Leanne Goff says Bula Bride is the busiest weddings website in Fiji and wanted to extend its potential reach further.

Vanuatu's new vision

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 02:55

Public-private partnerships and a shared vision between Vanuatu Tourism Office, Air Vanuatu and Vanuatu Airports Ltd were some of the initiatives shared at the 17th Tok Tok tourism event in Vanuatu last week. This followed the previous week’s reveal of the country’s new tourism brand and tagline – Answer the Call of Vanuatu. Launched in January, the 2030 Aviation and Tourism Vision pulls together in-market destination awareness, air connectivity and aviation infrastructure development to ensure not only more international visitors, but dispersal into the provinces. According to Vanuatu’s 2018 International Visitor Survey, just 10% of visitors travelled beyond the main island of Efate.


‘Our aim is for 10 to 30% of visitors to disperse among the six provinces, says Adela Issachar, chief executive officer of VTO. ‘We need the connectivity to work, the pricing has to be right and the flights reliable and on time.’ In addition to the Tourism Vision, an upcoming amendment to the Vanuatu Tourism Office Act will mean that all tourism operators will need to contribute to tourism office funding. Issachar says the amendment will also ensure that operators abide by tourism standards. ‘They will need to obtain a permit and be market ready and able to benefit from destination marketing. It is about the quality of the product and experience they are offering.’ More than 50 buyers and 50 sellers enjoyed a positive vibe at Tok Tok, filling the conference centre at Warwick Le Lagon in Port Vila. Scheduled appointments doubled over 2018 to 1020 and there were around a dozen new products exhibiting.


Many of the new products had come on line over the last two years but were only now ready for the international market. The VTO has worked with training providers and established operators to help get them up to speed. ‘They are now able to exhibit because they are market ready,’ says Issachar. ‘We’re also helping travel centres package better itineraries and product. ‘We have come along way, the last two years have been busy working and this is a great result. We’ve had private sector input, shared resources and identified specific market segments.’ One of those segments is weddings which continues to be a big focus for VTO. Business events is another, and by the end of the year the VTO intends to appoint a dedicated business events specialist.

Love A Little Raro & Aitutaki

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:30

The Cook Islands’ increasingly diverse range of accommodation will be one of the destinational features highlighted at a trade event in Auckland early next month.

Finding the way to Fatboys

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:25

Fatboys Resort’s restaurant and bar juts out onto the ocean like a beacon for guests and is an immediate introduction to the laid back atmosphere of the place (it’s where arriving guests disembark).

Fiji’s grand dame

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:57

The grand dame of Fiji’s Coral Coast is enjoying overwhelmingly positive feedback after the completion of a $US50m makeover that has touched almost every aspect of the resort.

Multi-generational grows

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:39

Multi-generational travel continues to fire in Fiji, and high-end resorts have been quick to cater for this market.

Seldom touched Pacific reaches out

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:32

It is time for travel agents to embrace the opportunities offered by the Pacific Islands’ smaller, harder to reach destinations as travellers increasingly look for something different and relatively untouched, say exhibitors at a travel exchange in Honiara last week.

Solomons reaches out to trade

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:32

It is time for travel agents to embrace the opportunities offered by the Pacific Islands’ smaller, harder to reach destinations as travellers increasingly look for something different and relatively untouched, say exhibitors at a travel exchange in Honiara last week.

Solomons’ opportunities, challenges

Friday, 05 July 2019 00:10

The Solomon Islands’ second Me Save Solo is being held in Honiara today, with an increased international buyer attendance on last year’s event and participation of other small island states as sellers.

Niue turns it on

Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:16

Business development manager for Scenic Hotel Group, Michelle Geale, recently took a group of corporate agents and events organisers to experience Niue and Scenic Matavai Resort Niue plus the Matavai Conference Centre Niue.

New rep for Paradise Norfolk

Thursday, 13 June 2019 22:54

Paradise Hotel & Resort on Norfolk Island has appointed Mike Geary from Eye 4 Travel as its New Zealand and Australia marketing representative.

Familiar face to Kiribati

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:20

Petero Manufolau is the new chief executive officer at Tourism Authority of Kiribati.

Premium Pacific for high end clients

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:47

Turama Pacific Travel Group has launched a Premium Collection, highlighting high end product and new exclusive travel experiences.
Robert Skews, managing director, says the collection reintroduces The Coral Route Experience for modern day travellers, utilising Air Rarotonga’s Pacific private jet.

Samoa bike ride ‘add-on’

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:11

Three or four-day bike tours around Upolu and Savaii are growing in popularity and make an excellent add on for agents to sell with a hotel stay, according to Ross and Frances Bidmead, owner operators of Outdoor Samoa.
The company started 10 years ago, exclusively offering tours around Savaii (supported largely by school groups) but now has expanded into kayaks, bike hire and day tours, and four-day, three-night ‘taster tours’ on Upolu as well.

GLP Hotels updates NZ trade

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:06

New openings, expansions and refurbishments were announced by GLP Hotels and Promenade Tours to a select group of trade personnel in Auckland this week.
Armelle Tahi, managing director of the companies, says construction has commenced on the Hilton Wadra Bay on Lifou. The new hotel, which will feature 50 villas and rooms on or close to the beachfront, is due for completion at the end of 2021.

Samoa confident of 7% growth

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:09

Samoa has had a number of ‘game changing’ developments that have given the country’s tourism a boost and justified predictions of 7% annual growth in the near future, says Leituala Joe Chan Ting, sales and marketing manager with the Samoa Tourism Authority.

NZ SM for Matamanoa

Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:44

Melanie Nicol has been appointed sales manager New Zealand for Matamanoa Island, Fiji commencing in May.

Samoa’s major profile upgrade takes shape

Thursday, 02 May 2019 21:26

A significant revamp to is set to be revealed late July, with the destination’s new agents specialist programme to be officially launched two or three months later.

Wellness escape to Fiji

Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:22

Why ‘fly and flop’ when you can ‘fly and rejuvenate’? Tourism Fiji is asking travel agents.

Samoa resort to add adults’ area

Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:19

Saletoga Sands Resort in Samoa will be adding an adults-only area due to demand from that sector, with construction starting later this year. Owner Gavin Brightwell says the resort has always been family friendly and will keep that side of the business. ‘The family market has made this resort successful,’ he says. However, the dedicated adults area, with approximately 18 newbuild rooms, will add a new aspect to the property. ‘They will all have sea views and there will be a grove of coconut trees with a wide pathway. ‘We are just keeping up with trends, so couples can enjoy all the facilities of Saletoga but also have a quieter area to themselves.’

Agents return from Fiji Foray

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:22

Thirty eight agents from around New Zealand returned from Fiji yesterday as Tourism Fiji’s Matai conference and famils came to an end.

Honiara – AKL flights ‘dream’

Friday, 08 March 2019 00:49

Having direct flights between Honiara and Auckland would be a logical next step for the Solomon Islands when it comes to air connections, according to the head of the destination’s tourism office.

Fiji Princess has upgrade

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:14

Blue Lagoon Cruises’ ship, the M.V. Fiji Princess, sailed from Port Denarau late last week with an entirely new look following an extensive three-week refurbishment.  
Improvements include new contemporary deck furniture, high-quality tiled flooring and refreshed cabinetry and joinery in public areas and more items added to the boutique.
The 34 Hibiscus and Orchid cabins on board Fiji Princess have also had a makeover, with new bed runners, pillow and ottoman covers, lampshades and air-conditioning units.

FJ’s companion getaway

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:37

Fiji Airways has launched The Great Companion Getaway, a two for one deal being sold through to 19 January.

New Caledonian adventure

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 03:11

Soft adventure will be New Caledonia Tourism’s key message to Kiwis next year as the NTO builds on the 60% visitor growth it has seen out of this country over the past two to three years.
‘When I started in this role in 2015, about 6000 Kiwis travelled to New Caledonia,’ says Sally Pepermans, New Caledonia’s New Zealand representative. ‘In 2017 we hit 10,000 and 2018 is looking strong.

Major refurb for Sofitel Fiji

Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:07

One of Denarau, Fiji’s most popular resorts is having a major facelift that will see enhancements to its luxury high end product, a dedicated Fiji Airways check in lounge, and a new child friendly area.
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa will have a F$45m refurbishment, with work starting next week and expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

TN inaugural flight

Friday, 09 November 2018 00:18

Air Tahiti Nui’s inaugural Tahitian Dreamliner touched down in Auckland yesterday on the cusp of the airline’s 20th birthday celebrations.
President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch welcomed a delegation of Pacific ministers at a formal ceremony at Auckland Airport yesterday, saying the inaugural flight from Tahiti to New Zealand is a stepping

Destination Fiji expands

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:26

Destination Fiji is expanding its services to work with the travel trade beyond its core meetings, incentives, conference and weddings business.


Malamala – wedding destination

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:22

Malamala Beach Club is ramping up its positioning to the trade and consumers as a wedding destination in Fiji with the launch of its new Marry Me at Malamala brochure.


Combo famil showcase

Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:02

A recent educational that combined Fiji with Club Med Bintan Island (just off Singapore) was designed to showcase Fiji Airways’ wider network beyond Fiji.


New tours from Awesome Adventures

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:39

Awesome Adventures Fiji has launched three new short tours ideal for travellers basing themselves on the mainland as part of its new programme for 2019-2020.


More island at The Islander

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:58

The Islander Hotel, Rarotonga, has added an extra weekly Island Night. From 6 October the Islander Hotel will feature two weekly Island Nights, Tuesday & Saturdays.

Repairs to close pool in Febrary

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:43

Stevensons @ Manase in Samoa advise that its swimming pool will be closed 4 – 24 February 2019 inclusive to replace damaged tiles of the pool.


The pool closure has been scheduled to coincide with the low season. Whilst there will be onsite work during this time from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, Stevensons @ Manase envisages that after the existing tiles are removed (which should take approximately three days) there will be minimal noise and impact. Agents are reminded over this time that Stevensons has a 30% off special for stays of three nights or more and that all stays include daily continental breakfast and complimentary use of kayaks and paddleboards. Contact

Beach bures for South Sea

Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:09

South Sea Cruises has new accommodation options for overnight guests on South Sea Island – three beachfront bures with modern decor, outdoor bathrooms, ceiling fans and patios.


More rooms for Tanna, Santo

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:44

Two new resorts on Vanuatu’s Tanna and Santo islands were showcased at the recent Tok Tok trade event in Port Vila.


Offline option for Vanuatu app

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:00

The Vanuatu Bucket List travel app was introduced at Tok Tok recently, and it features an offline capability for locations without internet.

Spoilt in unspoiled Niue

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:39

APX ambassadors returned from Niue on Saturday after four days of adventure, relaxation and sun at the Scenic Matavai Resort in Niue.

NF’s CEO to Kiwi travellers: ‘Don’t miss out on Vanuatu’

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:13

New Zealand and Australian travellers could be missing out on a back yard destination unlike anywhere else in the world, according to new Air Vanuatu chief executive officer, Derek Nice, who attended his first Tok Tok last week after being in the job just eight weeks.

Looking beyond runway: Vanuatu’s airport key to arrivals growth

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:33

Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport runway upgrade is due for completion early next year, and when it is, the welcome mat will be rolled out to Air New Zealand to resume services.

Vanuatu: ‘Quality of product increasing’

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 21:56

Long term goals and collaboration were evident to buyers in Port Vila last week when tourism operators got behind Vanuatu Tourism Office’s Tok Tok 2018.

New product in Vanuatu

Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:22

Eight new operators were showcased at Vanuatu’s 16th Tok Tok that wrapped up last week.

Answering the ‘what to do’ questions

Friday, 31 August 2018 02:27

Yoga on a stand up paddle board, getting dirty on a Raro Buggy Tour, and travelling around restaurants by tuk tuk were just a few of the activities promoted to travel agents and corporate meeting and incentive organisers at the Love a Little Raro / Aitutaki evening in Auckland this week.

Kadavu Discovery cruise dates

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:07

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has new 2019 and 2020 departure dates for its 11-night Lau & Kadavu Discovery Cruise onboard small ship MV Reef Endeavour.

Cruising Fiji’s remote north

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:23

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released the 2019 and 2020 departure dates for its two Northern Fiji seven-night Discovery cruises - The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise and Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise, onboard small ship MV Reef Endeavour.

New face for Solomons introduced

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:36

Niche wholesalers were introduced to the new marketing officer for the New Zealand market when Tourism Solomons hosted lunch at Lula’s in Auckland yesterday.

Solomons Discovery Cruises

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:32

Heralding a long-awaited return to dedicated Solomon Islands small ship cruise programmes, Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has announced its plans to operate six adventure itineraries in 2018-2019.

Samoa showcases its new side at roadshow

Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:57

The new side of Samoa has been showcased to the trade this week as the country’s tourism roadshow has made its way around four centres in the North Island.

Toberua Island Resort offer

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:36

World Resorts of Distinction has a limited-time offer at one of its boutique Fijian resorts, Toberua Island Resort.

Samoa self famils for agents

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:20

Aga Reef Resort is offering frontline consultants ( and a companion) a two night self famil deal of WST$530 advises Eye 4 Travel.