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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.