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“We’re back,” for incentives says Fiji

Monday, 16 May 2022 11:09

Tourism Fiji is already seeing a pick up in interest from the conference and incentives sector and is currently in the process of employing a business events manager, says chief executive office Brent Hill.

Niue's Scenic Matavai Resort ready for guests.

Monday, 16 May 2022 00:16

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.

New Caledonia Welcomes NZ Travellers Back

Monday, 09 May 2022 21:23

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.

Samoa set to reopen borders

Monday, 09 May 2022 20:18

The Samoan Government has announced it will be reopening its border to international travellers from August/September later this year.

New CEO for Cook Islands Tourism

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 02:17

The Board of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation has announced the appointment of Karla Eggelton as the Corporation's new CEO

Vanuatu announces border opening

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 01:12

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. 

Tourism Fiji to host Tourism Expo in May

Monday, 18 April 2022 09:45

Tourism Fiji will be hosting its eighth Fijian Tourism Expo from 11 – 13 May 2022, the first face-to-face tourism event being hosted in Fiji since 2019, and the largest event since 2020 involving international guests. 

NIUE ease protocols

Monday, 11 April 2022 03:39

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.

Flights to Tahiti to recommence

Monday, 28 March 2022 01:31

Air Tahiti Nui General Manager Pacific, Daniel Eggenberger, welcomes a firm date to recommence its New Zealand passenger flight operations.

Sheraton Fiji officially opens

Monday, 21 March 2022 08:25

Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort has opened following a $F73m transformation.

Fiji is ‘Open for Happiness’ to Kiwi travellers

Monday, 14 March 2022 06:31

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.

Fiji Airways jets off to Fiji with first Kiwi holidaymakers in two years

Sunday, 06 March 2022 23:22

Holiday-starved fully vaccinated Kiwis can now fly to Fiji and its 333 islands for two-way quarantine-free travel. 

Niue Tourism appoints Wood

Monday, 21 February 2022 21:46

The Niue Tourist Authority Board has appointed Gaye Wood as destination manager New Zealand/Australia to manage Niue’s marketing, sales and promotions in New Zealand and Australia.

New Caledonia Tourism gears up for revival

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 05:01

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).

 

Updates for travelling to Fiji

Monday, 07 February 2022 23:36

It is now simpler and cheaper to travel to Fiji quarantine free, following a major announcement by the Fijian Government over the weekend involving the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Business events option for Pacific diversification

Monday, 31 January 2022 04:14

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.

The Westin Denarau commences refurbishment

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 00:06

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.

Pacific Destinations Fiji becomes TEWAKA

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 01:09

The ‘Covid pause’ of the last 20 months has given time for one of Fijis best known suppliers to the conference and incentive markets to rebrand and refocus.

Details for IBTM Asia Pacific 2022 - Singapore

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:21

The inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific, will take place from 5-6 April 2022 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore.

Club Med new webinar series

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 20:30

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.

 

To join, register here:

 

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.

 

To join, register here:

Two awards for Pacific Hotel Cook Islands

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 22:56

Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG), Cook Islands, is excited to announce they have been awarded two Awards for 2021 at the 28th annual World Travel Awards announced at the Asia and Oceania Winners day today. 

Gordon joins Edgewater Resort & Spa and Club Raro

Monday, 18 October 2021 22:14

Island Hotels Group has appointed Heather Gordon to the new position of director of sales and marketing for its Cook Island properties Edgewater Resort & Spa and Club Raro.

Fiji will reopen to international travellers from 1 December

Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:12

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.

Fiji airports ramp up

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 20:38

Fiji Airports is ramping up its Nadi International Airport operations in expectation and anticipation of the re-opening of Fiji’s borders.

Fiji Eyes Opening Domestic as Jabs on Track

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 23:42

Sixty percent of Fiji’s eligible population is fully vaccinated as of late last week.

Samoa ‘most likely’ to take only fully vaccinated clients

Monday, 30 August 2021 00:22

Samoa looks likely to welcome only vaccinated travellers once borders reopen, attendees at a Beautiful Samoa webinar heard last week.

Far East Hospitality expansion

Monday, 26 April 2021 06:22

Riding on the momentum of opening two properties – The Clan Hotel Singapore and Quincy Hotel Melbourne, in the first quarter of 2021, Far East Hospitality has announced that it will continue with its regional expansion plans.

Fiji's "Bula Spirit" remains strong

Monday, 01 March 2021 20:41

Despite prolonged border closures, Fiji’s ‘Bula Spirit’ remains strong in the island nation.

Tourism Fiji announces "Care Fiji Commitment"

Monday, 18 January 2021 03:05

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.

Pacific Resort Hotel Group Wins World Travel Awards 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:34

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.

Sunshine Coast releases the 'Shortlist'

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 01:37

As the Sunshine Coast Queensland reopens its doors for COVID safe events, Business Events Sunshine Coast has launched an innovative new website and magazine for incentive travel and event professionals.

New Caledonia's new head of tourism

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 00:52

Jean-Gabriel Favreau has been appointed president of New Caledonia Tourism.  Taking over the reins from Brieuc Frogier, Favreau is an elected member of New Caledonia’s Southern Province government body.

InterContinental for Suva

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 04:52

IHG take over the management of Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva in July 2020 and rebrand it as an InterContinental by 2022.

AIME 2021 TO BE A HYBRID EVENT

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 00:04

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced the 2021 event will be held 15-17 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, incorporating a virtual format.

South Pacific travel bubble working group formed

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:24

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 virtual taste of New Caledonia

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:43

New Caledonia Tourism has launched a new virtual hub filled with immersive videos and images to discover a taste of the South Pacific destination until borders reopen for business events.

MEA launches new accredited event professional program

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:55

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).

NZ Team plants the seeds at AIME

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:42

Tourism New Zealand has branched out at the Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME), planting a native tree for every guest hosted at its sustainability-focused Hosted Buyer Breakfast.

AIME 2020

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:46

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) will open its doors next week to showcase a bigger event in 2020 than seen in its previous year, with an overall growth in exhibitor numbers and pre-registered visitors year-on-year.

Face to face meetings are best

Thursday, 06 February 2020 22:20

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. 

Scenic Hotels to aid Samoa's measles epidemic

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:49

Samoa may be a long way from New Zealand's Glacier Country, but the number of Samoan staff employed in tourism on the West Coast brings the ongoing measles epidemic in Samoa very close to home.

Singapore to host inaugural Asia Pacific event

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:53

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.

Pacific Resort Group - Wins big at World Travel Awards 2019

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:17

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 welcomes the world’s youngest fleet

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 21:12

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.”

Vanuatu answers the call with a new vision

Monday, 02 September 2019 02:36

A business events specialist is likely to be appointed at Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) by the end of this year as the country beefs up activity around its niche markets.

IBTM China introduces new Business Travel Summit at 2019 event

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:31

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.

Groups like what they see at Shangri-La Fiji

Monday, 08 July 2019 22:14

The grand dame of Fiji’s Coral Coast is enjoying overwhelmingly positive feedback after the completion of a $US50m makeover that has touched almost every aspect of the resort.

New Business Event Show for Asia Pacific

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 21:15

IBTM part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced the launch of a new Business Event, IBTM Asia Pacific. 

Education s'il vous plait

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 21:43

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.

Business, but not as usual

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:02

Nanuku Auberge Resort has unveiled a new collection of all-inclusive 'bose' packages for business groups.

IBTM China wraps up in Beijing

Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:28

IBTM China 2018 has wrapped up in Beijing, with over 6,600 pre-planned meetings happening during the two day-long event.

Famil showcases Singapore

Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:30

A snapshot of what Singapore has to offer was captured by a group of corporate meeting planners and Professional Conference Officers recently.

New Nadi event warehouse

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:57

Nadi-based Rosie Travel Group has completed construction of a new purpose-built three-storey complex in Nadi catering exclusively for the growing overseas meetings and incentives market.

Mantra Samui's new lounge

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:41

Mantra Samui Resort has opened a new ‘Work | Lounge’, a dedicated space for people looking to work on holiday, and visitors and locals looking for a workspace to share with like-minded people.