December 2014

Fiji’s tourist numbers soar

Samisoni Pareti

Strong growth in the emerging source markets of China and India should see increases in tourist numbers in Fiji in the new year. That’s the prediction of Tourism Fiji’s 2015 marketing plan at its reveal before industry players last October. TF’s acting CEO Ken Freer says total visit arrivals in ...

The Pacific’s first ever Tourism Exchange Opens in Auckland

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 22 May 2014 -

The organiser of the inaugural South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE 2014), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) says the SPTE attempts to create a one-stop shop for sellers and buyers of Pacific Island destinations and responses have been overwhelming.

February 2014

More cyclones loom for the region?

Davendra Sharma

It’s been slow in coming this season but the next three months could bring as many as 11 cyclones to the Pacific islands region.

Flosse taps Beijing-Tahiti connection for increased tourism

As with previous governments in French Polynesia, the Flosse administration is seeking to boost ties with China, hoping for increased tourism, trade and investment.


Thu 30 Jan 2014 -

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will be hosting the first ever South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) from 22 – 23 May 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

July 2013

Cutting costs and remaining profitable

Geoge Faktaufon*

The airline industry is characterised by low profit margins and high fixed costs, primarily for personnel, aircraft fuel, debt servicing and aircraft lease rentals. The expenses of a flight do not vary significantly with the number of passengers carried and as a result, a relatively small change in the number ...

Tax relief, open skies deal with Singapore

Robert Matau

Tonga’s aviation industry is looking bright with a tax relief for its locally-owned aircraft and an open skies agreement with Singapore.

Oustanding issues to be thrashed out at ASPA

Robert Matau

Outstanding issues regarding airlines in the region will be discussed at the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) meeting in Nadi. ASPA Secretary-General George Faktaufon said contentious issues like air services matters between Vanuatu and Fiji would likely be discussed during the meeting which will be held at Tanoa International ...

Samoan tourism in crisis?

Jason Brown

Samoan people are starting to think the unthinkable—that the region’s longest running administration might be on shaky ground.

What affluent Chinese tourists want?

Davendra Sharma

Everyone talks of more trade ties or aid handouts from China but few in the region are serious about luring the big-spending Chinese tourists, considered by experts to be the fastest-growing US$85 billion market in the world.

Economic growth to slow in Pacific: ADB

Tue 26 Mar 2013 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- The Asian Development Bank says economic growth in the Pacific slowed in 2012 and is expected to slow further in 2013.

Fiji Airways first Airbus A330 will boost tourism: Fiji President

Wed 20 Mar 2013 -

NADI, Fiji ----- The arrival of Air Pacific’s new A330-200 Airbus will enable Fiji to expand and sustain its connections to countries with a high number of out-bound tourists, says Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Top global banks to fund new Air Pacific aircraft

Wed 27 Feb 2013 -

Air Pacific, Fiji’s national carrier soon to be flying as ‘Fiji Airways’ has announced that following the conclusion of a highly competitive bidding process, it had selected two major international aviation banks for European export credit financing for its three new A330-200 aircraft. The two banks are German-based: KfW IPEX-Bank ...

June 2012

The ‘Shares’ Battle

Samisoni Pareti

Expect a ‘tit for tat’ battle between Australia’s mega-carrier Qantas and Fiji’s Air Pacific to get messy, observers have warned.

July 2012

AFL: A goldmine?

Dionisia Tabureguci

One of the first things that struck Tony Gollin when he joined Airports Fiji Ltd (AFL) last October as its chief executive officer was what he called “its enormous potential”.

Angry response to Solomon’s dolphin slaughter

Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (FAIRFAX NZ) ---- The continuing slaughter of dolphins in the Solomon Islands is set to hit the troubled nation's struggling tourism industry.

Solomon Islands government to act on dolphin dispute

Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (RADIO AUSTRALIA) ---- Solomon Islands' tourism minister, Samuel Manetoali, says his government will step in to resolve a dispute around dolphin slaughtering on one of the country's islands.

February 2013

Tourism courses not tailored to meet industry needs: report

The tourism industry in the region believes that courses offered by regional institutions are not tailored to meet the vast needs of the industry.

January 2013

Schoolie’s death a concern

Davendra Sharma

Deaths of young school-leavers partying after their exams in Australia has been alarming everyone in recent years but an incident in Fiji last month has sparked furore among parents.

... And more political fireworks for the Marianas

Haidee Eugenio

Two separate high-profile and still unsolved murder cases involving a bartender in February and a couple in December, the pension agency’s filing for bankruptcy, a public hospital and a utilities agency still under a state of emergency, restoration of regular 80 work hours bi-weekly for government employees, thousands of foreign ...

February 2012

1 billion tourists in 2012

Davendra Sharma

When a record 1 billion tourists choose holidays in 2012, Pacific and parts of Asia will attract the greater portion of them, forecasts World Tourism Organisation.

Internet technology the way forward

Small to medium enterprise hotel owners in the South Pacific need to keep abreast of internet technology and how it has revolutionised industries like tourism.

Siem Reap Diary: \

Dev Nadkarni

Whatever it is that inspired the ancient Hindu and Buddhist kings to build the amazing temples of Angkor Wat and surrounds—now deemed wonders of the world, protected and in various stages of restoration—creating a thriving tourism industry a millennium later couldn’t have been a motivation.

October 2012

Australia's Flight Centre eyes Fiji

Davendra Sharma

Leading Australian travel operator, Flight Centre, has listed Fiji as one of its target business expansions over the next five years as it foresees phenomenal growth in both leisure and corporate travels.