SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM UPDATE

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ISSUE NO. 05 - 2ND FEBRUARY 2001
INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

  Travel prospects for Switzerland in 2001

The Swiss enjoy one of the world's highest per capita income levels. Travel intensity of the Swiss is estimated at 71 per cent higher than that of Italy, France and the UK. July, August and September are the peak holiday months for the Swiss, accounting for 37 per cent of all trips, April to June accounts for 23 percent of all trips and November records the lowest outbound travel. Most trips are organised by the Swiss themselves. Almost two-thirds do their own planning, about 10 per cent arrange through the big tour operators and the remaining 26 per cent book through other tour operators. Swiss who book package tours spend US$611 per person according to 1998 estimates. Individual travellers have complete expenses of US$388. The most popular activities undertaken by the Swiss while travelling are: walking, shopping and talking to others. Planned increase in airport and airline capacity are likely to stimulate demand for outbound travel in the future. (Source: Tourism Industry Intelligence, No.1 2001) Hawaii wants to make bookers out of dreamers Advertisements in Germany for Hawaiian vacations will be increased over the next year. Although German interest in Hawaii is great, only one per cent of visitors to Hawaii are German. Over US$2,000,000 has been budgeted for the German branch of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Advertisements and the website www.gohawaii.com will be translated into six different languages, including German. Moreover, there are plans to educate travel agents and tour operators and a new brochure will be introduced at ITB 2001. The Bureau is also working on better hotel packages and airline rates to lose Hawaii's high-price image, the average price per night is US$143. (Source: SPTO Germany, 26/01/01) Singapore faces a glut of tourists

Singapore is facing the prospect of turning away visitors as an already bulging accommodation market is confronted with a predicted tourist boom. The Singapore Tourism Board's forecast of a record eight million visitor arrivals this year will bring accommodation and related manpower problems. Official figures point to an average hotel occupancy rate of 84 percent with 7.6 million visitors last year. But, while the tourism board is estimating a 6 to 8 per cent increase in the number of arrivals this year, growth of hotel rooms will be much slower. Recognising the danger, the government is to sell two sites for hotel development this year, ending a three-year hiatus. The sites are expected to add a further 470 rooms. (Source: Radio Australia, 26/01/01)   _____  REGIONAL Increase in visitor arrivals to Vanuatu

Figures released by Vanuatu's Statistics Bureau indicate visitor arrivals for December 2000 was 5,445, a 23 per cent increase over November 2000 arrivals and a 22 per cent increase over December 1999 arrivals. Total visitor arrivals for the year 2000 were 57,364, an impressive 13 per cent increase over 1999.

Australia, being the principal market for overseas visitors, increased by 20 per cent over December 1999. Other regions showing an increase in December 2000 include North America by 27 per cent, New Zealand 76 per cent, other Pacific countries 85 per cent, Japan 79 per cent and Europe by 10 per cent. 77 per cent visitors went to Vanuatu for a holiday, 7 per cent for business and 10 per cent to visit friends and relatives. Cruiseship arrivals for December 2000 were 4,761, an increase of 23% over December 1999. For the year 2000 cruiseship arrivals increased by 10.6% over 1999 arrivals.

The increase ion visitor arrivals is results of committed joint advertising and promotions by the National Tourism Office, Air Vanuatu and the tourism operators; participating in travel and trade shows; paid advertising through television, cinema, newspaper, magazines in Australia and New Zealand; hosting of journalists and marketing on the National Tourism Office website. (Source: National Tourism Office of Vanuatu Press Release, 01/02/01) PNG 4th quarter arrivals from Canada increases

Visitor arrivals to Papua New Guinea from Canada for 4th quarter of 2000 increased by a massive 396.4 per cent. Total arrivals from Canada for the 4th quarter was 1,117 compared to 225 arrivals during the same period last year, placing Canada as PNG's third largest source market after Australia and Asia. Overall, a slight increase of 0.3 per cent has been recorded on the total number of visitors to PNG in the last quarter of 2000, in comparison to the same period in 1999. Total visitor arrivals for 4th quarter 2000 was 14,259 compared to 14,222 in fourth quarter of 1999. Visitor arrivals from Australia, increased by 3 per cent, US market increased by 14.8%, whereas the New Zealand and Asian markets recorded substantial decline. Visitors on business travel increased by 23 per cent while the holiday segment increased by 3 per cent. (Source: PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, 26/01/01)   PNG Resort wins DEMA photo contest

Tammy Peluso of Walindi Plantation in Papua New Guinea was recently named the winner of the second annual Rodale's Resort Photo Contest at DEMA 2001. Rodale is the publisher of Scuba Diving magazine. Tammy is the photo pro at the plantation, enjoying the freedom to pursue her true love, underwater photography. She received underwater photography equipment, including film and stobes, from Sea & Sea Underwater Photography, USA, and Eastman Kodak. The photos will appear in the March 2001 issue of Scuba Diving magazine. (DEMA Show Daily News, 26/01/01)   _____    SPTO MEMBER UPDATE   SPTO Chief Executive visits American Samoa

SPTO Chief Executive Lisiate ‘Akolo said more Pacific Islanders are needed as owners of tourism businesses, during a recent visit to American Samoa. "Tourism in the Pacific needs to be infused with capital assistance to enable indigenous operators to join up with suitable joint ventures from off-island," stated Mr. ‘Akolo. In American Samoa, he met with the Commerce Director Ali‘imau "JR" Scanlan, Commerce's Tourism Division Manager Virginia Samuelu and her staff, and a few local tourism operators. Mr. ‘Akolo went to American Samoa to get acquainted with those who plan and develop tourism policy in the Territory. Mr. ‘Akolo told Samoa News that his major task is to bridge the gap between small island operators and financing. "The capital investment committed by expatriates is very high, and the gap needs to be bridged," he explained. "If not, it will continue to exist and widen, leaving the indigenous Pacific Island tourism future in the hands of foreign investment groups and banks. He said he is looking forward to restructuring the tourism organization and to inject some energy into the Pacific visitor industry. (Source: PINA Nius Online, 01/02/01)   Tourism news online on SPTO Website

The SPTO website is on schedule for launching at ITB Berlin in March, 2001. A key feature of the website will be the tourism news section. The section will have regional tourism updates including product updates for the trade and special deals for consumers interested in visiting the region. SPTO members will have the privilege of 'spreading the word' through our newly designed website for free. Product updates and special deals from members will be updated on our website on a regular basis as a SPTO membership benefit. SPTO members who would like to take advantage of this opportunity contact Jaspreet Singh at Email: spice@is.com.fj   _____  MISCELLANEOUS Local General Manager for Tanoa International Hotel

The Chairman of Tanoa Hotels, Mr. Y P Reddy is pleased to announce promotion of Mr. Gyaneshwaran (Gyan) Pillay as the first local General Manager of Tanoa International Hotel since the property was acquired in 1992 by Reddy Enterprises Limited part of the Reddy Group. Under the management of Gyan Pillay, Tanoa International had undergone significant upgrading with fine improvements and quality amenities besides improved guest service which had earned the hotel in 1999 " Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award for Quality Accommodation". Gyan Pillay had come to Tanoa International Hotel after having undertaken extensive technical and professional training programs both in Fiji and overseas. Despite the downturn in tourism, the six properties in Tanoa Hotel group continued with upgrading work to maintain high profile and quality guest service. (Source: Press Release, 31/01/01)   Edgewater Resort in 2001

The refurbishment program at Edgewater Resort is on schedule. All Beachfront rooms have been refurbished, the Garden Superior rooms are almost complete, allowing work to progress on the Garden rooms. Both 900 and 1000 blocks have been repainted and renovations at the Spaghetti House restaurant is also complete.

New recruitment at the Resort include Sarah Marsters, formally at Tipani Tours (Rarotonga), has joined the Resort as Reservations Manager. John Chetty is the new Rooms Division Manager at the Resort and Daryl Major is their newly appointed Head Chef. Other highlights at the Resort include a full day island picnic offer every Wednesdays with Club Raro Resort. Guests are taken to Motu's (baby islands) just off Muri Beach where they can join in Polynesian activities, snorkelling or lie on the beach and relax. BBQ lunch is also provided, all at a cost of NZ$49 per person.

Cook Islands have been popular recently and the trend seems to be continuing into the new year. To check availability, contact Reservations on stay@edgewater.co.ck. For your information, March has availability from 1/3 to 11/3 but is fully booked from 12/3 to 20/3 so avoid these dates. (Source: Edgewater Resort Update, 25/01/01)   News from Club Raro Resort

Construction of 15 new beachfront rooms is right on schedule to be finished by end of February at Club Raro Resort, Cook Islands. Bookings will be available from 1st April, 2001. The rooms look right out over the lagoon and close to the two new sundecks which have been built to stretch right out over the sand, giving a gorgeous view of the reef break and endless Pacific ocean. Allan Andersen, formally of Manuia Beach Resort on Rarotonga, is the new Manager for Club Raro Resort. Allan has been in the hospitality industry for a total of 16 years. He is currently busy setting up a web site for the Resort. His partner, Sai Salatobalevu also joins the Club Raro team as Assistant Manager and brings a wealth of experience from working in five star properties in Fiji. (Source: Club Raro Resort, 25/01/01)     _____  Any Comments? News to Share? If you have any comments about this newsletter or articles and information relevant to tourism both within the region and internationally, please send to  spice@is.com.fj" target="_blank">spice@is.com.fj. Please also include the source of the item. The SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM WEEKLY UPDATE is produced and distributed by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) as a complimentary service to its members and friends of the South Pacific. The Weekly Update provides timely information on tourism happenings within the South Pacific region, it's key markets and internationally. Editor Jaspreet Singh South Pacific Tourism Organisation Level 3, FNPF Place 343 - 359 Victoria Parade Suva FIJI ISLANDS Ph: (679) 304 177 Fax: (679) 301 995 E-mail: spice@is.com.fj" target="_blank">spice@is.com.fj SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS DISCOVER PARADISE!! ***************************************************************

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