The recent announcement by the Niuean Government to bring forward the border re- opening date for Niue to 27 June has been welcomed by resort management.
Aircalin has relaunched its Auckland-Noumea service as part of a weekly service (every Sunday) which will extend to three weekly flights during the summer with Air New Zealand planning flights from July 2022.
The Vanuatu Tourism Office has announced that Vanuatu will open its borders to fully-vaccinated international travellers from 1 July, 2022 with no quarantine or arrival caps, with consumers able to book flights to Port Vila with the country’s national carrier, Air Vanuatu.
The Government of Niue has today announced that as of Monday 2 May Niue time (Tuesday 3 May New Zealand time), travellers to Niue will be required to self-isolate for seven days immediately on arrival, and complete testing protocols, before being allowed into the Community.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson stars in a new campaign for Tourism Fiji as the country opened for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated tourists on December 1, 2021. Now as New Zealand’s borders opened back up for international travel in early March, Kiwis can once again experience the happiness that Fiji is all about.
Only a short 3-hour flight from Auckland or up to 4-hours from Wellington and Christchurch, Fiji is ready to welcome back Kiwis with open arms to its 333 islands, white sand beaches, year-round tropical warmth and their world-renowned bula spirit.
Once you arrive, you can enjoy the best of Fiji knowing that when sticking to Care Fiji Committed businesses, everyone you interact with will be fully vaccinated and will have a dedicated Wellness Ambassador implementing the highest level of health and safety standards.
Bringing the concept of ‘Open for Happiness’ to life, Rebel Wilson features in Tourism Fiji’s campaign that sees the actress escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood life to glamorously wash up on Fiji’s pristine shores. Welcomed with a friendly Bula (Fijian for hello), she then embarks on an adventure to experience all that the idyllic islands have to offer.
Growing up in Australia, Rebel has very fond memories of visiting Fiji as a child, so was delighted to return as an adult to shoot the ‘Open for Happiness’ campaign.
The island nation is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure-packed escape, or you just want to lie on the beach and drink from a coconut, you’ll find it in Fiji - and Fiji can’t wait to welcome Kiwis back.
Rebel Wilson says:
“When someone asks you whether you want to visit Fiji - there is really only one answer isn’t there? It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.
“I had the best time filming this campaign, there really is nothing like the white sand and clear waters of Fiji. It is truly breathtaking.
“But even more than the landscape, I love Fiji the most for its people. Everyone greets you with a smile and a ‘bula’, the warmth and hospitality of everyone I met is something I will always remember. Fiji truly is open for happiness.”
Tourism Fiji CEO, Brent Hill says:
“We’re so proud to launch this campaign, featuring the brilliant Rebel Wilson! What a pleasure it was working with someone so talented, and who truly embraced everything Fiji is about - from our natural beauty to our people and our local musicians, producers and talent. Fiji is truly Open for Happiness, and this was such a special campaign for us to make, in Fiji. We are thrilled to once again finally be able to welcome our visitors back from around the globe to the shores of Fiji - it has been a long time coming.
“Safety has of course been paramount as we have been planning Fiji’s re-opening, so we have a number of systems in place that aim to protect both visitors and our community. Welcome home to Fiji!”
To ensure your safety and the safety of the Fijian community, a negative PCR test is required by visitors within 2 calendar days of departure, or a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 24 hours before departure, alongside a mandatory Rapid COVID-19 test at your Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) resort 48 hours after your arrival in our islands. When booking your holiday, look for the CFC logo.
Holiday-starved fully vaccinated Kiwis can now fly to Fiji and its 333 islands for two-way quarantine-free travel.
New Caledonia Tourism (NCT), the international tourism promotion agency for the county has seen its role bolstered with its responsibility now covering;
Promoting the destination on the international stage, Coordinating the country's tourism and cruise strategy, Observing tourist trends with access to more statistical indicators, Advising and sharing its expertise with project backers and Facilitating the search for investors.
The destination’s recovery plan is broken down into multiple actions which will be implemented in the months to come. It covers three main areas: remobilising and supporting all stakeholders through the recovery; restoring the destination’s appeal; and reconnecting with lost tourist flows.
Initiatives include a strategic steering committee, destination recovery contract, health labelling and training, international promotional campaigns and search for European and national funding. The aim is to gradually return to the record levels of growth in New Caledonian tourism seen before the Covid crisis (22% growth in foreign tourists between 2014 and 2019).
Conferences, incentives and meetings are among the sectors Pacific Islands need to look at closely to spread its appeal as a destination post pandemic, a hybrid workshop heard in Auckland recently.
Refurbishment of the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa has commenced and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2023. The F$75 million dollar investment has full scope to include renovation of all 255 guestrooms, restaurants and public areas.
While the refurbishment of The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa is underway, sister resorts – the newly refurbished Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort and the adjoining Sheraton Denarau Villas – will operate from 16 March and beginning of April 2022 respectively.
Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, has announced dates for its new two-part webinar, Looking Through Your Eyes. Starting in November, the webinar puts the spotlight on the return of international events and planning in a post-lockdown world.
2022 is the year to put overseas events firmly back to the top of the agenda. But for those who feel it’s all too surreal, Club Med is here to guide organisers on how to create extraordinary events for delegates that are bigger and better than in pre-COVID times.
During the pandemic, Club Med operated 26 resorts worldwide and continued opening a pipeline of new resorts; putting the brand in the unique position of experiencing emerging trends firsthand.
One such trend is the increased demand for luxury all-inclusive event packages. From managing budgets as well as COVID-safety concerns in a controlled environment to the demand for premium private spaces, organisers have been attracted to Club Med’s one neatly packaged offering. In the webinar, Club Med will showcase its Exclusive Collection portfolio in jaw-dropping destinations and its famous “Rent a Resort” concept, with the first event set to travel to the Maldives in May 2022.
Across the two sessions, Club Med Meetings & Events team will cover not only trends but also region- wide affairs, product promotion and industry-specific topics. Event planners will be armed with stress- free solutions to the new challenges that they may face when planning their next overseas event.
The fun, free and interactive 30-minute sessions will be held across two days at 10.30am (AEDT) which attendees can choose from. Better yet, attendees will have a chance to win a 7-night Club Med holiday for 2 people at resort of their choice in Asia Pacific. Plus, a $200 Red Balloon gift voucher per session.
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Learn about Club Med’s rapidly evolving luxury product and how it’s a great solution for any high-end incentive. See where Club Med as a Brand is positioned today. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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Fiji has announced that after nearly two years of being closed, it's borders will once again be reopened to international visitors from 1 December.
Fiji's Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama says "To our friends in Australia and New Zealand and to the residents of other countries we're prepearing to welcome, our message is simple: Fiji is ready to welcome you back to our shores. We are entirely confident in our ability to manage the risk associated with quarantine free travel. Our planes are prepared. Our airports are adapted. Iv'e seen their protocols first-hand."
Travellers to Fiji must be fully vaccinated (children under 18-years-old can travel with a vaccinated adult) from a Travel Partner country, which New Zealand is considered, as well those aged 12-years and over providing a negative PCR test taken 72-hours prior to departure. Once they arrive on Fiji’s shores, these travellers can holiday in designated travel-safe areas, where they can enjoy the best of Fiji knowing that everyone they interact with will be fully vaccinated. For more information on country-specific travel requirements, please visit www.fiji.travel/covid-19.
“We are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors by the end of the year,” says Tourism Fiji’s ceo Brent Hill. “This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back. Our 333 islands are just as beautiful – if not more beautiful – than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji delivers the holiday the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December.”
While Kiwis may not be able to get to the shores of Fiji just yet due to NZ government restrictions, they can be confident that the health and safety of its visitors and people remain Fiji’s number one priority. Fiji will reopen as one of the world’s safest tourism destinations with nearly every hotel and tour operator in Fiji being Care Fiji Commitment certified and Fiji Airways having achieved the highest possible COVID-19 Safety Rating.
Travellers can book and travel in confidence with the country’s Care Fiji Commitment, a World Health Organisation approved standard of best practice health and safety measures for travel in a post-COVID world. Every person you interact with on your travels, be it resorts, transportation or experiences, will be fully vaccinated and every tourism business will have a dedicated Wellness Ambassador responsible for keeping everybody safe.
Minister for Tourism, Hon. Faiyaz Koya said it’s been almost two years since they’ve welcomed international visitors. “In these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared. Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again.”
When the time is right, Kiwis can expect to be welcomed into Fiji with open arms by the friendly locals who are as warm and hospitable as ever. Fiji remains an ideal destination where travellers can enjoy a relaxing tropical holiday, stay in boutique island resorts, and immerse themselves in that Bula Spirit for which Fiji is known. Whether looking for an adventure, a romantic break, or a relaxing getaway, Fiji provides the perfect backdrop.
Samoa looks likely to welcome only vaccinated travellers once borders reopen, attendees at a Beautiful Samoa webinar heard last week.
In anticipation of Fiji’s borders re-opening to travellers, Tourism Fiji has introduced the “Care Fiji Commitment” which is a program including enhanced safety, health and hygiene protocols to ensure the utmost safety of travellers to Fiji in a post COVID-19 world. Although Fiji’s borders are currently still closed to international travellers, the introduction of the program represents a destination-wide assurance that Fiji is ready to welcome travellers safely back to its shores upon re-opening.
Independently hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the "Travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars", the World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and prominent awards program in global travel industry today.
This week, the New Zealand representatives of New Caledonia Tourism, Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, Tourism Solomons and Tahiti Tourisme formed a working group to help the proposed South Pacific Travel Bubble, or Trans-Pacific Bubble become a reality.
A new program designed to recognise events industry practitioners who have reached the highest levels of professionalism in event management has been launched by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA).
Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and incentives event in the region, has unveiled a new report that shows 93 per cent of business event delegates find human interaction and connections important across business events, with 48 per cent declaring them to be critical.
The new study, conducted by Talk2 Media & Events in the lead-up to AIME 2020, surveyed over 200 buyers and exhibitors from across the Asia Pacific region (87%) and wider world (13%) – looking at industry challenges and the most valued attributes.
IBTM Asia Pacific, will hold its inaugural Asia Pacific event in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in 2020. As the region’s vibrant hub for the meetings and events market, Singapore was selected as the host city for the very first edition of the show.
The finest travel brands in Asia and Oceania have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Vietnam. The elite of the travel industry assembled for the World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 on the pristine island of Phu Quoc to find out who amongst them had been crowned best of the best.
Air Tahiti Nui says “nānā” to its last Airbus and “Ia Orana” to an all ‘Tahitian Dreamliner’ fleet. General manager pacific, Daniel Eggenberger says, “This ambitious fleet renewal programme makes our fleet the youngest in the world, with an average aircraft age of just a few months.”
IBTM China, part of IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings, events and industry trade shows, has announced it will hold its first ever summit specifically tailored to the needs of business travel, finance and procurement managers at its upcoming 2019 event, which will take place at China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing on 28-29 August.
More education about the variety and quality offered by New Caledonia could benefit Kiwi event managers, and therefore Kiwi corporate and incentive groups.
That’s the message from a local DMC company along with event managers just returned from a five day famil tour of the French/Melanesian Pacific Island country. People don’t know this destination, says David Slabolepszy, New Cal Events Ltd. ‘It’s close to New Zealand, its tropical and it’s French.
A snapshot of what Singapore has to offer was captured by a group of corporate meeting planners and Professional Conference Officers recently.