Pacific Islands

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.

Tahiti's big events calendar

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:50

Air Tahiti Nui has revealed its line up of events taking place in the Islands of Tahiti this year.

Air Tahiti Nui regional manager Australia New Zealand Alan Roman, says there is something for everyone in the 2018 Tahiti calendar.

Santa's on Fiji time

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:49

Christmas is well and truly over, but Santa hasn’t left Radisson Blu Resort yet. He’s been visiting schools around Nadi, courtesy of the Adopt a School movement and Responsible Business team.

Children from Champs on Wheels, Mulomulo Secondary School, Sabeto College and Nadi District Kindergarten have all been surprised by Santa over the past few weeks.

Seabreeze scores again

Thursday, 01 February 2018 04:11

Seabreeze Resort in Samoa has won ‘Best Deluxe Accommodation’ for the second year at the recent 2018 Samoan Tourism Excellence Awards.

The awards, which began in 2017, are voted on by visitors through guest surveys distributed at Faleolo Airport, Apia and in Apia town by the Samoa Tourism Authority.

Discover more of Fiji

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:35

From now to Sunday 11 February, Excite Holidays and Tourism Fiji is showcasing all Fiji has to offer to agents in a 10-page guide.

From exploring traditional sites to cooking authentic Fijian dishes, mixing with the locals at markets, swimming in waterfalls and even pushing the fear factor by swimming with reef sharks, the curated destination guide has

Ramada Port Vila bolsters team

Monday, 22 January 2018 22:42

Ramada Resort Port Vila has appointed Julien Dumont as room division manager and Michael Hardy as executive chef.

Dumont has a career in hospitality spanning more than two decades and has held leadership positions since 2000.

Eco-retreat up for sale

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:11

Ikurangi is an award-winning eco-retreat in the Cook Islands, and it’s up for sale.

Located in Matavera, Rarotonga, it’s on the market for $789,000 and includes four high-spec luxury safari tents, two spacious studio ‘Are’s’, a swimming pool, a reception/housekeeping space and an additional ‘Are’ which could serve as another room or managers residence.

NiueKulele back for 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018 23:20

Ukulele players and fans are heading to Niue in March for the island’s biennial ukulele festival – NiueKulele.

Niue Tourism will be hosting the festival from Friday 16 March to Tuesday 20 March.

Taveuni award trifecta

Monday, 18 December 2017 20:08

Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji Islands has won three awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held recently at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz in Switzerland.

The awards include winning best Luxury Private Villa in Fiji; best Luxury Romantic Villa in Fiji and best Luxury Private Pool Villa in the South Pacific/Oceania. 

Underwater proposal

Friday, 15 December 2017 01:46

Ra Divers at Volivoli Beach Resort was happy to help when a customer asked if dive staff could assist him to propose to his girlfriend under water.

South Sea Cruises adds something ‘totally new’

Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:44

South Sea Cruises is adding another string to its bow, with the launch of luxury fast boats servicing the new Six Senses resort in Fiji, set to open next year.

Brad Rutherford, the chief executive officer of South Sea Cruises is in New Zealand now and greeted New Zealand trade at the company’s Christmas celebrations at The Vodka Room in Auckland last night.

Rutherford says the two new boats are being built in Abu Dhabi now and will be delivered to Fiji in the New Year, ahead of the resort’s opening later in 2018.

Samoa’s Ocean Trench still a highlight

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:30

The To Sua Ocean Trench on the island of Upolu remains a top destination for visitors to Samoa, as proven by the recent Samoa Tourism and Samoa Airways famil that took place in November. A group of media explored both Upolu and Savaii islands, beginning with STA representative Poinsettia (Tia) Taefu taking the group to Coconuts Beach Resort, which would host the first two nights accommodation.


Coconuts gets a makeover

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:24

Coconuts Beach Resort’s spa is undergoing a complete refurbishment, expected to be completed by March 2018. The resort has been open since 1990, which makes it one of the first resorts in Samoa that is still in operation today. It has been renovated and refurbished numerous times over the years. It boasts the only overwater fales in Samoa.


Samoa: ‘Supply shouldn’t outgrow demand’

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:15

The difference between Samoa and its other Pacific Island neighbours is that Samoa is still ‘raw and unfiltered’, according to Manoa Snorkelling’s Neil Lumsden. Hawaiian-born Lumsden has been living in Samoa for 15 years and runs Manoa Snorkelling, Surfing and Hiking Tours, putting on several tours from different parts of Upolu. ‘Tourism should grow organically, supply shouldn’t outgrow demand,’ he says.


Sustainability key to tourism

Monday, 11 December 2017 20:46

Sustainability and quality are two key focuses in Tourism Fiji’s plan for future tourism growth. With tourism a major income earner for the country, ensuring a structured tourism product growth is vital for both visitors and locals.
Tourism Fiji regional manager NZ Sonya Lawson says Fiji is a proud nation and is well aware that its natural resources are not only valuable tourist attractions but must also be honoured and protected.
‘This is reflected in the growing number of sustainable tourism initiatives in place throughout Fiji including mangrove and reef revitalisation, turtle releasing and growing of local organic produce for hotels and resort restaurants,’ she says.

CCC cleans up in Fiji

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:18

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has launched an environmental initiative onboard the MV Reef Endeavour to help stop plastic pollution in remote Fiji and look after and sustain the environment.
The Ocean Ambassador initiative focuses on cleaning up the plastic waste from the remote beaches and villages visited on Captain Cook Cruises three, four, seven and eleven-night cruises.

Working together vital, says Samoa Tourism Authority

Monday, 04 December 2017 22:42

The industry needs to work together – tourism, sports, and agriculture – to help promote Samoa, says Jade Toomalatai, Samoa Tourism Authority. ‘While some already do, more accommodation providers need to consider packages or lowering rates outside of the busy season to help fill rooms in the off season,’ she says. ‘If not, tourists will go to other Pacific Islands, which may have more money to promote and also to discount rates.’


Savaii vs Upolu

Thursday, 30 November 2017 21:40

Most tourists to Samoa say they wish they had come to the island of Savaii first, rather than the more popular Upolu, according to Kelly Walker, manager of Savaii Lagoon Resort. Walker says ninety percent of the resort’s business comes from New Zealand, it’s popular with families because of the self-catering kitchens and safe beach, as well as the 60s+ market because of the peaceful location. 'Many people come for a month and have been doing so for the last 10 years', she says.


Nanuku's family bonuses

Monday, 27 November 2017 20:24

Fiji’s Nanuku Auberge Resort has a new round of special stay packages giving 20% off to guests choosing to stay between three to six nights or a 30% discount for those choosing to stay seven nights or longer.
Both offers have been value added to include a choice from two bonus family-oriented activity options for two adults and two children with children 12 years and under staying, playing and eating for free.
The ‘family-time’ bonus includes a guided Food Safari visiting local markets and gathering fresh local produce – crabs, prawns, fruit and vegetables – which the resort’s chef will prepare for their dinner.

Totoka keeps busy in Fiji

Monday, 13 November 2017 23:52

Totoka Hair and Make Up is aiming to handle about 500 weddings a year as well as a consistent number of film and TV bookings, says director Leanne Goff.
The company is also set to offer a range of new pre-wedding pamper packages for brides next year.
A relative newcomer to the hair and make up industry in Fiji, Totoka Hair & Make Up has just completed its third successful year in business and has arguably become the busiest and most sought after hair and make up business in Fiji.

SPANTO success leads to more of same in 2018

Monday, 06 November 2017 21:32

The success of this year’s South Pacific Association of National Tourism Offices (SPANTO) events has encouraged the organisation to be back in force around New Zealand
next year.
Dates and regions will be officially announced after SPANTO’s annual general meeting on 12 December.

However early indications are that the number of events will increase.

Sun soak with Seabreeze

Monday, 30 October 2017 22:57


Agents that book clients to stay at Seabreeze Resort Samoa between 1 November 2017 and 31 March 2019 can enter the draw to win a fantastic holiday of a lifetime to Seabreeze.

The incentive runs until 14 May 2018 and for every booking made travel agents earn three entries and wholesalers earn one entry into the holiday draw.

It's about culture

Thursday, 19 October 2017 22:43

Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is making some changes in a bid to set itself apart from other beachfront resorts in Samoa, as witnessed by a group of agents and wedding planners on a recent wedding-focused famil to the island last week.
Sandeep Prasad, sales office manager for Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, says they are doing some changes across the property, in an effort to bring some traditional Samoan cultural elements into the rooms and surrounds.
‘We are working hard on setting our property apart form our competitors. Samoan art and craft is very beautiful; we feel other properties don’t take advantage of that.

Trade visits Malamala Beach Club

Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:47

Fiji’s newest taste of island life close to Denarau has impressed travel product and marketing managers who visited the destination for Fiji Day this week.
Malamala Beach Club opened a few months ago but this was the first time Kiwi trade have had the opportunity to check it out in action.
‘Most Kiwis want an outer island experience but they book Denarau,’ says Rachel Mancini, marketing and product, House of Travel.

Wedding market in focus for agents on Samoa famil

Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:06

Samoa, and particularly the country’s Sheraton properties, are making a concerted effort to attract more destination weddings out of New Zealand.
Putting the country on the marriage map is a key objective of a four day famil being hosted right now by Marriott International and Air New Zealand.
Rhonda Williams, of Fuzion Travel, says she is interested to see what the wedding scene in Samoa has to offer.

Laamu Turtle Festival

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:31

The community of Laamu recently came together on the island of Gan for the second ever Laamu Turtle Festival.
This year's theme was once again keeping turtles in Laamu Safe and Protected, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of sea turtles and providing a platform for community engagement about greater marine

Fiji fun - and education

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:02

An opportunity to have a fun and relaxed time to mark Fiji day, as well as experience some exciting new product in the destination, has been taken up by more than 20 industry and media personnel this week.
Marketing and product managers from major brands are amongst the participants in the programme, which started officially yesterday and finishes Wednesday.
The Tourism Fiji organised event has support from both Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand.

Fiji's social media campaign

Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:06

Tourism Fiji says its campaign to attract young and adventurous travellers to Fiji is off to a flying start.

In its first two weeks, the social media-based campaign fronted by Kiwi adventurer and influencer Logan Dodds reached 1.3 million Kiwi 18-29-year-olds, attracting plenty of positive engagement and reactions.

Volcano Ambae: Tourists safe

Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:40

Vanuatu Tourism Office and Air Vanuatu say that international tourism is unlikely to be affected by the volcanic activity on Ambae Island.

In a statement NF says: ‘Whilst not wishing to make light of the situation in Ambae, currently, approximately 8000 people have been evacuated from the eastern side of the island as volcanic ash is contaminating the water supplies.

‘The alert is on a relatively confined basis and this is not currently affecting air services either to Ambae itself or the rest of the Air Vanuatu network.’

New tune for New Caledonia

Monday, 25 September 2017 21:20

New Caledonia Tourism (NCT) is singing a different tune with the launch of a new destination marketing campaign, ‘Sounds of New Caledonia’, in collaboration with Triple J feature artists and Laneway Festival faves, Crooked Colours.

Topical Tropica gets interest at roadshow

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:10

Agents were keen to hear about the new look Tropica Island Resort when luxury and couples orientated Fiji properties toured the country last week. Gai Keniry, director of sales at Tropica, says the resort has seven new sanctuary pool suites and all 24 rooms at the resort now have private outdoor showers.

New era for Vanuatu

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:47

With an average of two or three cruise ships arriving each week, carrying between 500-2000 passengers, the official opening of a major waterfront development signals a key moment in Vanuatu’s future. The opening ceremony on 1 September 2017 of the Seafront Veiawa Park, ‘Made in Vanuatu’ Haus Blong Handikraf and Mahitahi Market coincided with last week’s Tok Tok, a showcase of Vanuatu’s tourism sector.