Pacific Islands

Solomons Is… still standing

Monday, 30 March 2020 21:48

Tourism Solomon Islands is reminding the trade that the destination is known as the ‘Hapi Isles’ for a good reason.

BLC 70 years young

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:20

There was quite a crowd on the MV Fiji Princess at Port Denarau on Thursday night when Blue Lagoon Cruises held its 70th birthday celebration.

Combined CK message

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:52

Edgewater Resort and Spa and Club Raro in the Cook Islands are increasingly being marketed as a ‘combined force’ under the banner of Island Hotels Group.

Tour at Fiji’s ‘forgotten’ side

Monday, 24 February 2020 23:23

A new tour to an often overlooked part of Fiji was promoted by Pacific Destinations during a trade event in Auckland yesterday.

NiuePocketGuide in

Friday, 14 February 2020 00:05

It wasn’t just the launch of the NiuePocketGuide that was celebrated in Auckland this week.

Vanuatu land diving

Friday, 14 February 2020 00:00

Vanuatu Ecotours has a new three-day package for clients wanting to better understand Vanuatu’s land diving ceremony and the mysterious South Pentecost region.

Samoa wedding workshop targets Kiwi trade

Monday, 10 February 2020 22:42

Obvious potential in the marriage and romance markets has encouraged Samoa Tourism to hold a weddings workshop for the trade in Auckland early next month.

Brunel scores Tahiti Tourisme

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:38

Sydney-based Caroline Brunel of Nouvelle Vague Marketing is the new representative for Tahiti Tourisme in the Australia and New Zealand markets.

PNG cruises into trade’s focus

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 00:09

Papua New Guinea’s emergence in the cruise sector is encouraging both trade and clients to view the destination in a new way, according to PNG representatives who visited New Zealand last week.

New CEO at Tahiti Tourisme

Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:12

Jean-Marc Mocellin has been appointed chief executive officer of Tahiti Tourisme.

Vomo rocks for couples

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:28

The opening of The Rocks adults-only area last year has helped Vomo Island Fiji strengthen its position as a couples resort, while not detracting from its appeal as a luxury family destination, says general manager Justin King.

PNG brochure new option

Monday, 16 December 2019 21:40

What is believed to be the first substantial and dedicated brochure for Papua New Guinea in the New Zealand market is set to be released to the trade early in 2020.

New South Pacific GM for IHG

Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:29

Lachlan Walker is the new GM of IHG’s South Pacific hotels.

New BLC itinerary

Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:09

Specially created itineraries around Blue Lagoon Cruises’ 70th anniversary give agents a chance to take a fresh approach to one of the Pacific’s most popular products, the company says.

New Cal’s self famils

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 22:25

New Caledonia Tourism and Aircalin hosted their last trade lunch update for 2020 at Maison Vauron last week for NZ Travel Brokers.

Matai famils: luxury and more...

Monday, 25 November 2019 22:57

Thirty six agents from around New Zealand have just returned from a series of eight day famils in Fiji.

New GM at Fiji resort

Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:15

John Ambler is the new resort manager at Yatule Resort & Spa in Fiji.

Samoa travel advice – measles epidemic

Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:43

 

The Government of Samoa on the 15th of November 2019 declared a Proclamation of State of Emergency for 30 days for the measles epidemic.

New CEO – Edgewater, Club Raro

Monday, 18 November 2019 22:34

Andrew Whittaker has been appointed group CEO of Island Hotels Group and will lead the implementation of the group’s growth strategy for Edgewater Resort & Spa and Club Raro Resort.

Trade website for New Cal

Thursday, 14 November 2019 22:05

Prizes and incentives will be part of a new trade training website for New Caledonia in 2020.

‘Fuzionites’ discover Niue

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:12

A yacht club where none of the members have yachts or are interested in sailing (but the hospitality is great), and a jail with no inmates are just two of the quirky touches to Niue that Fuzion Travel brokers discovered during their conference in the destination over the weekend.

Pacific takes group approach

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 20:57

Agents who deal with group travel of various sorts were the target audience of a joint destination Pacific event at Villa Maria Estate near Auckland Airport mid October.

Organiser Faye Spooner says Meet the Pacific was aimed at incentive, meeting and conference organisers but beyond that had appeal to wedding planners and organisers of sports and educational tours, as well as travel agents who send inter-generational and other family groups to the Pacific. While most of the ‘buyers’ were from Auckland, agents also came from Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth and Rotorua.

Port Vila resort spreads appeal

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:20

Ramada Resort Port Vila is continuing to diversify its market appeal to embrace sectors such as families, weddings and meetings, says Susan Jones, the hotels sales and marketing rep for New Zealand and Australia.

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.

New Caledonia trade fares, self famils

Thursday, 03 October 2019 23:06

Sharp industry airfares with Aircalin and a selection of trade deals with New Caledonia properties and transport operators are encouraging New Zealand agents to conduct a self famil of the destination.

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 samoa.travel 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.

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