Asia Pacific

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.


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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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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.


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.

CWT M&E team expands

Thursday, 05 April 2018 03:16

CWT Meetings & Events, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s meeting & events division has appointed Sam Lay as senior director for Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, Lay will lead a team of meetings and events specialists across key markets in Asia Pacific.

Kiwi PCOs explore Fiji

Thursday, 01 March 2018 04:36

A group of Kiwi PCOs are on their way back from exploring new product in Fiji, courtesy of Marriott Hotels & Resorts. 

After a night at Fiji Marriott in Momi Bay, they visited Malamala Beach Club en route to Sheraton Tokoriki Island where they experience a traditional Fijian night in the new venue Coco Palms.

AIME: Day one success

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:50

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) officially kicked off yesterday, welcoming event professionals and exhibitors from over 20 countries for two days of networking, exhibition and meetings.

Karen Bolinger, chief executive officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau, says the business events industry continues to evolve, and so does Melbourne’s 'renowned cultural delights'.

Wyndham partners with ITB China

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:27

Wyndham Hotel Group is the official partner hotel for ITB China, set to take place from 16 to 18 May 2018 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center.

The hotel group will have a strong presence on the show floor of ITB China, the three-day b2b-show, which connects new products and innovative services of tourism with industry experts in one place.


Monday, 22 January 2018 22:19

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre celebrated its seventh Environment Day by spending a recent Saturday protecting and conserving 160 endangered trees at Taman Tugu Negara (National Monument Park).

Singapore’s JW Marriott South Beach

Monday, 16 October 2017 21:55

Singapore’s JW Marriott South Beach had a chance to shine during the Formula 1 Grand Prix held recently in the city.

Conference special at Sofitel

Monday, 11 September 2017 21:39

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, in conjunction with Fiji Airways and Rosie Holidays, is offering an all inclusive conference-flight package in the New Zealand market.

The package is for up to 50 delegates and valid from 9 October 2017 to 27 March 2018 (excludes 25 December 2017 to 7 January 2018).

Priced from NZ$1950 per delegate, it includes return economy flights from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and a VIP meet and greet with return airport transfers from Nadi International Airport. Three nights’ accommodation in superior Oceanside king room with full breakfast daily, morning coffee break, lunch, afternoon coffee break and full conference venue hire for two days plus a number of other features (two hour welcome cocktail function, themed gala diner, a corporate social responsibility activity) are also part of the package.

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Tonga a new Pacific option

Monday, 14 August 2017 23:07

Tonga is emerging as a destination for corporate retreats and small group incentives. While the Pacific Kingdom lacks high end luxury accommodation for larger groups, it does have business friendly hotels like the Scenic Hotel Tonga and Tanoa International Dateline, plus smaller boutique properties.

It also has whales and is one of the rare places delegates can swim with the massive creatures.

Scenic Hotels and Air New Zealand, working with other accommodation providers and suppliers, hosted a group of wholesale travel agents to Tonga late last week.

Steve Shearer, of Scenic Hotels, says one big reason for the famil was to show agents how much could be done on Tongatapu, without the expense of flying on to outer islands. Whale watching (along with culture and natural land sites) is one of the ‘easy to dos’ from the main island, he says.

The group got close to a female and calf, then a group of three and two playful large adults – one that raised its head close to the boat and had a look around. Later in the afternoon there was some spectacular breaching.

The group was hosted on and in the water by Whaleswim, Fish and Dive Tours, which has been operating for five years.

New Caledonia has incentive push

Monday, 14 August 2017 22:46

Wine and food matching, a destinational update and plenty of prizes to win were all part of the incentive and meetings sector lunch at Maison Vauron in Auckland late last week.

Sally Pepermans, New Zealand representative for New Caledonia Tourism says the big message for business tourism and travel practitioners is that there is still plenty about the destination that both agents and clients are not aware of.

‘We have the product and the properties to suit any incentive, conference or leisure group.’

New Caledonia is only two and half hours flight away and it has the French flair of Noumea, the Melanesian culture (particularly on the east coast), and even ‘French cowboys in the Pacific.’

Bula vinaka from Novotels Fiji

Monday, 17 July 2017 23:58

Novotel Hotels Fiji is offering a free night’s stay or entry into a prize draw for conference bookings this July.

Clients who book a conference at Novotel Suva Lami Bay and Novotel Nadi in July can receive a one-night free stay at either hotel including breakfast for two, and go into a draw to win a two-night stay at Sofitel Resort and Spa including breakfast.

Fiji targets meetings market

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:25

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa has opened a new venue designed to attract Fiji’s growing conference, meetings and destination wedding markets.

Situated on 2.5km of private beachfront, the new indoor and outdoor venue can cater up to 240 guests in its purpose-built spaces.

It will be known as Vision Meeting Room.

Niue steps up

Monday, 19 June 2017 22:58

Niue is stepping up to join the meetings and incentives market, with the opening of the Matavai Conference Centre Niue and new, deluxe guest accommodation at the Scenic Matavai Resort last week.

The new conference centre was the focus of huge media attention as it was jointly opened by New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, and the Premier of Niue, Sir Toke Talagi.

The Prime Minister, along with New Zealand MPs and business leaders, was visiting Niue as part of a high-level Pacific Mission, which travelled across several Pacific nations last week. He admitted initial scepticism when, as finance minister in 2009, the then Foreign Minister Murray McCully told him Niue needed New Zealand’s help with significant investment in its tourism facilities.

WTM Connect Asia in Penang

Monday, 24 October 2016 23:49

Catapulting tourism numbers for South East Asia over the last few years has sparked the inaugural World Travel Market (WTM) Connect Asia trade show, organised by global company Reed Travel Exhibitions, which was held in Malaysia in May.
South East Asia’s tourism numbers continue to grow with 102 million inbound tourists and 59 million outbound tourists in 2014, with an estimated further growth of 5.9% and 3.8% a year respectively until 2018. The event offered valuable networking experiences with its one-to-one format of pre-scheduled meetings targeting the booming Asian leisure travel market, allowing exhibitors to exclusively meet with elite international hosted buyers. This made it the perfect platform for the Asian travel industry to conduct business and firmly establish itself as the fastest growing and most important region in the global tourism marketplace.

Niue's new conference venue

Monday, 24 October 2016 23:39

New Zealand owned and operated Scenic Group has announced the first dedicated conference centre on Niue is currently under construction at Scenic Matavai Resort Niue.
Matavai Conference Centre Niue is poised to be an integral part of the island’s entrée into the conference and incentive market, and position Niue as the Pacific’s newest conferencing destination.
A team of onsite meeting planners will be on hand to manage conference and accommodation requirements and assist with offsite setting and activities for team building and active pursuits.
Matavai Conference Centre Niue is scheduled to open in July 2017 and is taking early expressions of interest.
The facility will have capacity for 180 guests banquet style and has been designed with flexibility and functionality in mind to accommodate island conferences, events and meetings.


Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay open for business

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, part of Marriott International, has opened up a previously untapped area of Fiji to event planners with over 1,500 square metres of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space on offer.
Situated on Momi Bay on Viti Levu’s south-west coast, 33 kilometres from Nadi International Airport, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is the only property on Fiji’s mainland to offer over-water accommodation. The property has a dedicated events and conference centre set back from the main resort.

With floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an abundance of natural light, the resort’s Grand Salon Ballroom can accommodate large events or conferences of up to 400 people theatre style or split into three rooms for smaller groups.

The events and conference centre features 1,100 metres of outdoor pre-function space set around a garden, with a protective awning in case of wet weather conditions; an Island Boardroom that can accommodate up to 55 people theatre style; and a separate porte cochère with space for a red carpet to help create a sense of exclusivity and grandeur. Designed with flexibility in mind, the multipurpose venues feature the latest technology, access to gourmet catering and expert event planning services.

‘Our dedicated meetings and events venues have put this previously unknown area of Fiji on the map for meetings and event planners and the feedback we’ve received from the industry since opening has been overwhelmingly positive,’ says Silvano Dressino, general manager, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.

Meetings and event planners can take advantage of the resort’s beachfront location by extending their functions beyond the events and conference centre to one of three outdoor event spaces. North Point, which is located at the far end of the resort, Fish Bar, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, and Vonu Beach, which can be reserved for the ‘ultimate island experience’, sitting more than 500 people.

The resort features 114 Bure Villas, including 22 over-water Bure Villas with decks from which guests can dive directly into the turquoise waters. A further 136 Deluxe Rooms, which can be interconnected, provide flexibility for groups.