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 stone for generating better ties across the Pacific. ‘It’s a great day for our Polynesian links, and it means that for tomorrow there’s large possibility to make these links stronger. ‘I’m pleased that we can all share this moment as a stepping stone to increase more traffic into the Pacific region and grow the Coral Route.’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
Encourage clients to book their Cook Islands’ holidays well in advance.
More than 30 buyers from Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the US attended the Mi Save Solo Solomon Islands tourism exchange yesterday at Honiara’s Coral Sea Resort & Casino.
A new brand, a new logo and a new name for the Solomon Islands’ national tourism organisation was launched in Honiara last night.
The winners of the 2017/18 Bred Bank Vanuatu Tourism Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Vanuatu National Convention Centre last Saturday, which recognised the efforts of over 50 tourism businesses across all sectors and provinces of Vanuatu.
The first Tonga trade update ‘for many years’ has come with a call for the Tongan Government to focus on getting in front of its core markets – New Zealand and Australia.
The organisers of Blackwoodstock Festival are hoping New Zealand wholesalers will begin to package the annual music festival for their retailers and clients.
With Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) gearing up for it’s annual TOK TOK to be held in August this year, agents have been getting a taste of what’s to come through the 2018 Vanuatu Roadshows that have been held throughout Australia and New Zealand last month.
Promenade Tours has an expanding team and new tours in its range.
Sales and marketing manager Julie Cassin says new off-road tours are designed to get people out of Noumea and into the New Caledonian outback. ‘The key is that we have made this easy to book and easy to experience. We want people to think beyond transfers and city tours.’
Eleven agents accompanied by Go Holidays escort Nick Mallinder experienced the Island of Upolu, Samoa. Throughout their short stay they experienced culture, sights, and culinary delights. Highlights included participating in the Cooking with Culture Tour along with site inspections and a visit to To-Sua Trench.
Sa’Moana Beach Bungalows Resort on Upolu Island in Samoa is tapping into a niche fitness market that hasn’t yet been explored in the South Pacific, while also giving back to its local village. The resort’s new boxing fitness programme, ‘Underwraps’, will run in conjunction with New Zealand based boxing businesses, kicking off with a soft start initially and eventually catering to both amateurs and pros.
Niue’s annual bike race event ‘Ride The Rock’ is back for 2018.
The rally consists of five 8km speed stages through the centre of the island, where riders leave at one minute intervals and compete against the clock, the heat and their mates.
The luxury Six Senses Fiji opened on Saturday 14 April, but it already had a tick of approval from one of the Kiwi trade’s leading South Pacfic specialists before it opened.
Trade and media from around the world were due to attend the Fiji Tourism Expo (FTE) last week and and many of them would have had site inspections out at Six Senses – the latest addition to choices on Malolo Island.