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Niue wins 2024 World Changing Idea Award

Monday, 20 May 2024 04:04

The tiny nation of Niue continues to step up on the world stage when it comes to protecting the ocean.  The economy of Niue is firmly centred around the Ocean - from an important food source for locals, to tourism generated income it needed sustainable actions to protect it for future generations and has done just that, with the world taking notice.  

Iririki change 

Monday, 29 April 2024 01:28

The owners of Iririki Island Resort fully acquired Jewel Casino recently and have converted the casino into a convention and conference centre.

IHG Fiji Hotels Leading the Way in Sustainable Meetings

Sunday, 14 April 2024 23:33

FNPF-owned IHG Fiji Hotels—InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Grand Pacific Hotel Suva, and Holiday Inn Suva—are taking another step forward in their sustainability journey by joining IHG's Global “Meeting for Good” Program. This initiative highlights the hotels' ongoing dedication to hosting environmentally responsible meetings and events, in line with their commitment to responsible business practices through IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow Program.  

“Being at the forefront of sustainability is not just a responsibility; it's a passion that drives us," says Lachlan Walker, Portfolio General Manager – IHG Hotels & Resorts, FNPF Owned Hotels. “We are thrilled to lead the way in sustainable meetings, setting a new standard for the hospitality industry in Fiji. Our dedication to these initiatives isn't just about business; it's about making a positive impact on our planet and communities.”

Hotel Practices

At FNPF-owned IHG Fiji Hotels, they have introduced Digital Collateral & Sales Agreements to reduce paper waste. Additionally a Linen & Towel Reuse Program aimed at minimizing water and energy consumption as part of ‘Greener Stay’.

Meeting Space

To further their commitment to sustainability, they offer plastic-free water service and reduced HVAC and Lighting policies, effectively conserving valuable resources. Moreover, the utilization of Digital Signage for wayfinding purposes not only enhances the guest experience but also eliminates the need for single-use signage, contributing to our eco-friendly initiatives.

Food & Beverage

In our efforts to reduce waste, FNPF-owned IHG Fiji Hotels have implemented a comprehensive Food Waste Reduction Action Plan. The Banquet Menu Offerings feature locally sourced and plant-based options, aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility. Additionally, the utilization of reusable banquet labelling & menus, along with providing reusable service ware, significantly minimizes waste generated during events and meetings.

FNPF-owned IHG Fiji Hotels are aligned with IHG Hotels & Resorts' commitment to True Hospitality for Good, guided by the Journey to Tomorrow 10-year action plan, which aims to create a positive impact on people, communities, and the planet.

For more information on our Journey To Tomorrow, please see below links:

https://www.fiji.intercontinental.com/journey-to-tomorrow

https://grandpacifichotel.com.fj/our-sustainability-journey/

Niue Famil

Monday, 08 April 2024 22:24

Scenic Hotel Group and Niue Tourism hosted a group of New Zealand clients last week in Niue at the Scenic Matavai Resort.

New business events campaign for Singapore

Wednesday, 03 April 2024 01:03

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched a new global marketing campaign for business events.

Strong Business Events interest in Hong Kong with more flights

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:56

Building on last year’s gains both in terms of its own services and the returning popularity of destination Hong Kong will be a prime objective of Cathay Pacific in the New Zealand market through 2024.

Hong Kong to host IBTM 2025

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 21:45

 IBTM, is to organise its inaugural MICE trade show,IBTM Asia Pacific 2025, in Hong Kong in Spring 2025. 

Additional flights to Niue from April 2024

Monday, 27 November 2023 02:11

Air New Zealand is re-introducing a twice weekly service departing Auckland on a Tuesday and Saturday from 2 April 2024.

New era for Captain Cook Cruises Fiji

Monday, 12 June 2023 01:52

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.

Singapore Tourism Board welcomes new Area Director for Oceania

Monday, 22 May 2023 08:58

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is delighted to welcome Ms Kimberly Spykerman to the Oceania team as their new Area Director Oceania.

Beautiful Samoa Roadshow

Monday, 22 May 2023 02:15

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. 

Fiji’s Shot of Happiness Project 

Monday, 20 March 2023 20:45

Tourism Fiji celebrated International Day of Happiness on Monday with the launch of a new initiative – the Shot of Happiness Project. 

Marina Bay Sands earns global sustainability certification

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:57

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.

Government announces zero restrictions to enter Fiji

Monday, 20 February 2023 00:23

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.

Sustainable business event options in Singapore

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 05:13

Sustainability may be the new buzz word, but Singapore has taken it to heart –

Singapore's tourism sector recovering well

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 02:41

Singapore’s international visitor arrivals (IVA) reached 6.3 million in 2022 exceeding STB’s forecast of between 4 and 6 million visitors.

Vibe Hotel Singapore opens

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 03:04

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 educational trip showcases sustainability

Saturday, 01 October 2022 02:17

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.

Fiji Drops COVID-19 Entry Testing Requirement

Monday, 05 September 2022 04:30

 

Fiji has removed the requirement for international travellers to undergo a Covid-19 RAT within 72 hours of arriving.

Tourism Fiji’s September Roadshow across four NZ cities

Sunday, 24 July 2022 22:52

Tourism Fiji advises that its Fiji Roadshow will be returning to New Zealand in September 2022. 

Sold out flight marks return to Vanuatu

Monday, 11 July 2022 04:21

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 Business Events Industry Sees Strong Demand For In-Person Events

Monday, 04 July 2022 10:53

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 launches new campaign to lure travellers back to answer the Call of Vanuatu

Sunday, 26 June 2022 22:38

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 Business Events industry set for strong recovery

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 00:25

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.

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.

Sheraton Fiji officially opens

Monday, 21 March 2022 08:25

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

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;

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.

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 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”

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.