Captain Cook Cruises Fiji have announced a new era of small ship luxury expedition cruising in Fiji. MS Caledonian Sky will replace MV Reef Endeavour and embark on a raft of new high-end cruise experiences not yet seen in Fiji.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is delighted to welcome Ms Kimberly Spykerman to the Oceania team as their new Area Director Oceania.
The Samoa Tourism Authority completed its Roadshow of New Zealand last Thursday evening at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.
Sonny Rivers, sales and marketing representative says it was a great success with close to 250 buyers attending over the week. Initiatives including self famils were revealed during the roadshow, Rivers says the activities were planned before Covid but were postponed as a result of the pandemic. “Now that things are back on-line and operators and accommodation providers are getting organised we’re able to get these back on track.”
The four-city roadshow visited Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton before its conclusion in Auckland.
Marina Bay Sands has been certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Industry Criteria for Hotels and Accommodations, becoming the largest hotel in Singapore to earn the accolade.
The Fijian Government announced, effective 14 February 2023, international travellers to Fiji will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and travel insurance.
Vibe Hotel Singapore Orchard, the first Vibe Hotel to open outside of Australia, has officially opened.
Managed by Far East Hospitality, a leading operator of hotels and serviced residences in Southeast Asia and joint venture partner in TFE Hotels, Vibe Singapore Orchard promises a social space for guests to connect with work, like-minded guests and travellers, and the local area.
The lifestyle hotel offers 256 rooms across five room categories (Superior, Deluxe, Premier, Family, Suites) alongside a Lobby Bar, Pool Bar and ROOS all-day dining restaurant. Located in the residential enclave of Orchard Road, within easy access to Singapore's longest shopping belt, the hotel caters to travellers looking for a hotel that provides a welcome retreat amidst contemporary design.
TFE Hotels’ Group Chief Operating Officer, Chris Sedgwick, said whilst Singapore’s newest Vibe was firmly rooted in the pillars of “Lifestyle”, “Connection” and “Discovery”, guests could expect some distinctly Australian touches throughout the property.
“From the friendly Australian-style hospitality on arrival to the premium Penfolds wine range and Australian-inspired dishes ROOS to the O&M amenities and the Vibe pantry in room, there are Aussie touches at every point,” he said.
The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool serves as a space for guests to enjoy an outdoor barbecue with friends and family in typical Australian fashion, while keeping up with the latest on Aussie sports on the big screen at the Pool Bar.
Far East Hospitality’s Senior Vice President, Commercial, Gill Ishwinder, said the relationship between Singapore and Australia was a very close-knit one.
“As the first Vibe property to open outside of Australia, Vibe Singapore Orchard offers the best of both worlds – enabling local guests to experience a taste of Australia served up by the hotel’s friendly staff members, while allowing overseas visitors a trusted and familiar friend who can tell them what’s good to see, do or eat whilst in Singapore.”
Mr Ishwinder said a huge focus had placed on facilitating community and cultural immersion through a program called Vibe Discovery, featuring Discover Hidden Gems, Private Home Dining and Vibe Recommends — a series of carefully curated activities and in-house programmes by Vibe Singapore centred on unique and authentic hyperlocal experiences.
- Under Discover Hidden Gems, a Vibe Guide will take guests on an eye-opening and mouth-watering food tour, giving them a peek (and taste) of hidden gems around Singapore. A photographer by profession but foodie by nature, the Vibe Guide will make guests feel immediately at home, much like a familiar friend showing them delicious secrets around the neighbourhood. Guests will also pick up a couple of food photography tips along the way.
- Private Home Dining will welcome guests deep into the heartlands with the flavours of various home-made dishes across different cuisines prepared by private home dining chefs, reflective of the quintessential Singaporean way of life. Discover Hidden Gems and Private Home Dining experiences are available for Vibe guests to book at a nominal fee.
- Finally, Vibe Recommends will act as a comprehensive digital local guide to the endless possibilities of what to do and where to go in Singapore, including curated round-the-clock itineraries and exclusive perks for guests of Vibe Singapore.
Fiji may be known as a quintessential tropical island destination but as a recent educational trip showcased, it is also a place where a luxury escape can support meaningful social and environmental sustainability.
Tourism Fiji advises that its Fiji Roadshow will be returning to New Zealand in September 2022.
The first flights since Vanuatu reopened its borders to international travellers landed in Port Vila earlier this month, with visitors now able to travel freely throughout the country’s islands and provinces without quarantine.
Malaysia’s premier purpose-built venue, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has seen a significant increase in demand for in-person events, with up to 127 global meetings (51 conventions and 76 exhibitions) booked at the venue from 2022 to 2024.
Vanuatu Tourism is opening borders with a bang launching a new Welkam Back to Vanuatu! campaign which kicked off last week in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia markets, with advertising showcasing Vanuatu’s tourism offering across radio, outdoor and digital and social.
Singapore’s Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry is expected to recover strongly, following the city’s reopening to fully-vaccinated visitors with no quarantine and testing requirements.
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.
Holiday-starved fully vaccinated Kiwis can now fly to Fiji and its 333 islands for two-way quarantine-free travel.
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.
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.
Samoa looks likely to welcome only vaccinated travellers once borders reopen, attendees at a Beautiful Samoa webinar heard last week.
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.”