Pacific Islands

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.

Message from Cook Islands: ‘Get clients booking early’

Thursday, 09 August 2018 21:55

Encourage clients to book their Cook Islands’ holidays well in advance.

Win pre-paid Visa card with Tourism Solomons

Thursday, 09 August 2018 21:04

As part of the launch of its new ‘Solomon Is.’ re-branding initiative, Tourism Solomons is offering travel agents a chance to win a $100 pre-paid Visa card and two $50 pre-paid Visa cards.

Sinalei spices up menu

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:22

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, Samoa’s adults only eco resort, has appointed two new chefs to enhance the food offering at its two onsite eateries.

Treasure Island’s self famil

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:18

Treasure Island is offering an agent self famil – stay three nights for FJ$399 between 15 October to 17 November 2018, 2 December to 23 December 2018 or 7 January to 31 March 2019.

Switched on newcomer

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:16

Bernard Garo of Ginger Beach Retreat is one of a growing number of operators embracing Solomon Islands’ tourism potential.

Excite's Ultimate New Caledonia guide

Monday, 30 July 2018 19:45

Excite Holidays has announced the launch of its latest campaign ‘The Ultimate Guide to New Caledonia’, in conjunction with New Caledonia Tourism.

Solomons' new programme

Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:01

Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has applauded the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s move to introduce a Minimum Standards and Classication for Tourism Accommodation programme.

August Samoa roadshows

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:29

Agents can expect to connect with an increased number of tour operators and experience providers when the destination hits the road around New Zealand next month.

TN adds fleet of choppers

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:30

Air Tahiti Nui has added a fleet of four helicopters to its air operations in Tahiti to fill a void for private transfers, high end experiences and scenic flights.

Wedding package at Outrigger

Monday, 16 July 2018 23:27

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is offering clients a ‘dream destination wedding’ from $6950.

New Cal combo famil with GO

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:04

A small group of agents spent five nights on a famil in New Caledonia early this month.

Focus on infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Monday, 09 July 2018 22:45

The upgrading of Munda Airport to cater for international flights, and the laying of an undersea communications cable are critical items on the agenda for the Solomon Islands Government.

Solomon Islands travel mart

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:48

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.

New brand comes with big target for tourism growth

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:04

A new brand, a new logo and a new name for the Solomon Islands’ national tourism organisation was launched in Honiara last night.

Vanuatu Tourism Awards

Thursday, 28 June 2018 23:10

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.

New CEO appointed at Air Vanuatu

Thursday, 28 June 2018 20:07

The Board of Directors of Air Vanuatu have appointed a new chief executive officer, Derek Nice.

New role with South Sea Cruises

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:33

Shandelle Battersby has been appointed to the newly created role of marketing and communications executive at South Sea Cruises based in the Auckland office.

New role with South Sea Cruises

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:33

Shandelle Battersby has been appointed to the newly created role of marketing and communications executive at South Sea Cruises based in the Auckland office.

Castaway, Property of the Year

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:31

Castaway Island, Fiji was named Property of the Year at the annual Outrigger Resorts’ global Po‘okela Awards held recently in Hawaii.

Excite partners with Captain Cook Cruises

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:35

Excite Holidays has announced a partnership with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.

Focus on core markets, the demand is there for Tonga

Monday, 18 June 2018 21:04

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.

Malamala adds Friday night experience

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:01

Fiji’s Malamala Beach Club has launched ‘Sunsets and Seafood dining, beginning Friday 29 June.

Surfing without the crowds

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:10

Marc Levy wants the New Zealand travel trade and their clients to be aware that New Caledonia offers some great surfing – but he doesn’t want too may people to know about it.

Niue keeps agents and trade Appy

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:59

Agents will find the new GO! Niue App an ideal way to source up to date information for clients –as well as recommending it to agents as a handy tool while on holiday.

Music festival in New Caledonia looks for travel trade engagement

Friday, 01 June 2018 01:37

The organisers of Blackwoodstock Festival are hoping New Zealand wholesalers will begin to package the annual music festival for their retailers and clients.

Vanuatu struts its stuff

Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:54

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 picking up

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:36

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.’

Agents GO to Samoa

Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:09

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.

Fighting fit – resort in Samoa

Monday, 07 May 2018 22:58

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.

Ride the Rock Niue

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:13

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.

Six Senses Fiji gets tick

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:58

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.

Fiji event cancelled

Monday, 09 April 2018 07:27

Tourism Fiji was concentrating on getting the last international trade buyers out of the country yesterday following the ‘dicult decision’ to cancel this week’s Fijian Tourism Expo.

At the time of going to press Tourism Fiji was not in a position to talk about any alternative events or future famils to make up ground from the cancellation.

Malamala firms details

Monday, 07 August 2017 23:49

South Sea Cruises has released details of Malamala Beach Club, Fiji’s menus, confirmed prices and industry rates. Set to welcome guests from 14 August, the beach club is 25 minutes from Port Denarau and offers snorkelling in a surrounding reef, complimentary non-motorised water sports, beachside cabanas with butler service, and an à la carte menu from light bites to Pacific inspired meals and shared platters.

New accommodation adds Raro inventory

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:10

The opening of 16 new rooms in Rarotonga in August has met with favourable feedback from the Kiwi travel trade and will help ease some pressure on accommodation as late winter bookings come in for the island destination.

Multi-faceted approach set to enhance New Caledonia tourism

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:15

A new approach to international promotion, increased efforts to attract investment in tourism restructure and more emphasis on education and training are all features of a new strategy set to be announced by New Caledonia’s Congress in July.

Tonga time – Swim with whales prizes up for grabs

Monday, 14 May 2018 23:41

In what is believed to be a first, a dedicated Tonga product update evening will be held in Auckland on Monday 18 June, and there will be draws on the evening of swim with the whales packages for travel agents who attend.

STE 2018 record attendance

Monday, 07 May 2018 23:58

This year’s STE event in Samoa brought in a record number of 70 international buyers, beating out last year’s number of 52. Leituala Joe Chan Ting, manager sales & marketing, Samoa Tourism credits the buyer attendance surge to increased inbound accessibility, a big tourism promotions push and a local shift.

Dive tourism in Munda

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:47

Solomon Airlines is teaming up with Dive Munda and the Agnes Gateway Hotel in Munda to offer a value-added eight-night package with return flights to Munda ex-Brisbane.

Operating via Honiara on Saturdays and returning on Sundays, the package includes all accommodation at the Agnes Gateway Hotel and 12 dives with Dive Munda.

Tahiti time for NZ agents

Monday, 19 March 2018 22:09

A group of agents visiting Tahiti on a recent famil visited Huahine, the garden island for two nights.

‘We had the opportunity to stay at Le Relais Mahana and Le Maitai Lapita and visiting the third hotel on the island Royal Huahine and a site inspection of a pension Fare Maeva Huahine. During an island tour we visited the

Plantation's new day trip

Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:45

Plantation Island Resort has just launched a new day trip product, giving day visitors the opportunity to experience the resort for themselves.

The cost of a Plantation Island Resort Day Trip is F$140 per adult / F$70 per child, with guests departing Port Denarau at 10:30 am and returning at 4:50 pm.