Regional Archive May 2020

“The objective of this strategy is to provide direction and guidance to all of our members as they begin to consider their respective recovery options in a post COVID-19 era. We are a diverse region, but we are one Pacific Tourism family and we cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” said SPTO interim Chair, Mr. Halatoa Fua.

SPTO Launches COVID-19 Recovery Strategy for Members

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has today launched the “SPTO COVID-19 Recovery Strategy”, which has been developed to guide and support the COVID-19 recovery efforts of SPTO and its members.
“While travel around the Pacific Region is still a way off, it’s important for Niue to tell our Kiwi and Aussie neighbors know that we all miss each other and we want to connect again.”

Niue Launches New Tourism Campaign to Aid Recovery

“Let’s say Fakaalofa lahi atu again soon” is the heartfelt wish central to a marketing campaign launched by Niue Tourism.
The Prime Minister’s comments that the Matai who made the Constitution did not understand what the Palagi put in it has been strongly criticized.

Debating Constitutional Change in Samoa

Critics claim Covid-19 is used as a cover, but proposed changes to raise the status of custom have a long history.
“Once we have established effective travel arrangements across the Tasman, we will also explore opportunities to expand the concept to members of our broader Pacific family, enabling travel between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island countries,” the joint statement said.

Agreement Finalized on Travel ‘Bubble’ Between NZ and Australia

Australia and New Zealand have reached a formal agreement to establish a trans-Tasman travel “bubble” as soon as it is safe to allow flights between the two countries.
A staggering 70% of tourism jobs were lost in the past six weeks and as the backbone of Vanuatu’s economy, tourism has traditionally provided approximately 40% of its National GDP.

Tourism Recovery Perspective for Vanuatu Following Covid and Harold

In mid-January 2020, Vanuatu formed a National Coronavirus Taskforce to begin preparing the country for the growing global health pandemic.
New Zealand filmmaker and actor, Mr. Taika Waititi has been confirmed as the Director of a new Star Wars film.

Waititi to Direct and Co-write New Star Wars movie

Taika Waititi has been confirmed as the director of a new Star Wars film.
Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama said Dengue was spread by mosquitoes which thrived in pools of still water that gathered after a storm.

Fiji Reels from Dengue as it Recovers from Covid-19 and Cyclone

Fiji's Government says there are more than 700 cases of dengue in the country and most of them have been found in the northern and central divisions.
The aim was to grow cash-free, direct trading in food and pre-loved items between people, to help use what money they could save for bills such as rent, utilities and transport.

Facebook Barter Page Grows Cash-Free Trade in Fiji and Beyond

Within days of launching "Barter for a better Fiji" on Facebook, Suva resident, Ms. Marlene Dutta has sparked a cashless trade movement so popular it's gone from three administrators to more than 90,000 members in just a over a week.