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ISSUE NO. 18 – 18TH MAY 2001


Meetings at sea on the rise

Bookings for meetings at sea could increase by as much as 20 per cent this year compared with 2000, according to Landry & Kling. As more cruise lines incorporate flexible space in new and renovated ships, more pure corporate meetings are being held at sea. Cruises are not anymore just for incentive groups. Over the last year, ships have added business services, Internet access and Internet cafes, reacting to demand from leisure travelers. A trend towards more shorter cruise offerings also helped boost the number of cruise meetings. (Source: Tourism Industry Intelligence, April 2001)

5th Polish Travel Mart - October 2001

The 5th Polish Travel Mart will be held in Poznañ during the International Tourism Salon "Tour Salon 2001". The event is organized by TTG Poland, PATA Chapter Poland and Poznañ International Fair Ltd, with the co-operation of TTG Group - TTG Russia, TTG Czech Republic and TTG Hungary.

The 5th Polish Travel Mart is a continuation of the successful workshops previously organised in Moscow, Prague and Budapest. Potential sellers from as many as 25 countries include Brazil, Malta, Thailand, Turkey, Spain, Kenya, Denmark, Australia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Egypt, India, Singapore, Nepal, Jordan, Mexico, Germany and Indonesia. To find out more about the 5th Polish Travel Mart please visit their website: (Source: TTG Poland, 16/05/01)

C&N - the re-naming to Thomas Cook rings in a new era

C&N is no more; long live Thomas Cook. The re-naming of Germany's second largest tourism-concern succeeded in giving Board of Directors Manager Stefan Pichler a real surprise. In England the C&N Manager breaks down anti-German feelings. In Germany he puts an end to the in-the-old-name-cemented separation of Condor and Neckermann. But, above all, he wins more independence from Lufthansa and KarstadtQuelle. Now Pichler must prove that his concept works in practice. (Source: Touristik R.E.P.O.R.T. 10/05/01)


Air Nauru names new management team

Following the recent grounding of Air Nauru, the new Harris government has announced sweeping changes to the airline, according to a news release from the company. Australian aviation veteran Ken McDonald has been appointed Chairman/Chief Executive replacing the former Chairman, Felix Kun, and Chief Executive, Owen Coughlan. Captain Tim Gilfillan, former Flight Operations Manager, has been appointed General Manager, Airline Operations.

The new management team - with support from the new Minister for Transport, Remy G.Namaduk - are confident of rebuilding Air Nauru to become one of the major carriers in the Pacific region, the news release said.

Gilfillan said: "Plans are underway to increase and modernise the Air Nauru fleet by providing new destinations and more flights with an emphasis on customer service. Air Nauru has a proud history of service in the Pacific region for more than 30 years. During this time Air Nauru has achieved an impeccable safety record with no major accidents or injuries occurring during this time." (Source: PINA Nius Online, 12/05/01)

Rosie takes Fiji to the world

Rosie Tours, Fiji’s largest travel company, unveiled its new business-to-business Internet Travel Exchange to more than 140 overseas tour wholesalers at the three-day Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange at the Outrigger Reef Resort in Sigatoka, Fiji.

The Travel Exchange will be accessed via the Internet and made available to more than 200 travel companies worldwide. The goal is to make selling Fiji more easier and economical. Last year, Rosie Tours launched, reservations website allowing overseas tour wholesalers immediate and accurate room availability online. Rosie is expanding this further with the creation of a new Travel Exchange, which will have more features than just a hotel reservation system. The site will feature My Rosie Pictures, which will allow overseas agents to download a digital library of general Fiji images as well as resort pictures. Other features include My Rosie - tours, news, packages, Bedbank, meetings and live chat schedule. (Source: The Fiji Times, 16/05/01)


SPTO attends trade shows

May has been a busy month for SPTO and the regional industry with the two major trade shows, the Bula Foreign Tourism Exchange (BFTE) held in Fiji and the Pacific Tourism Exchange scheduled for Australia. Diane Nalatu, Membership Office and SPTO’s Chief Executive, Mr. Lisiate ‘Akolo attended the BFTE which was held at the Outrigger Reef Resort from 16th – 18th May. SPTO also had its Marketing Working Committee meeting at the Outrigger Reef Resort on May 17th to discuss SPTO’s marketing and promotional activities.

Chris Cocker, Manager Marketing and Membership Services and Jaspreet Sharma, Marketing Officer, will be attending the Pacific Tourism Exchange in Brisbane, scheduled for May 25th. The team has also organised meetings with the regional tourism representatives in Sydney and Brisbane prior to PTE.

SPTO Staff Movements

SPTO Germany would like to announce that Patrick Geddes will be leaving us at the end of this month. Over the last four years Patrick has played an integral role in the SPTO team and in the promotion of the South Pacific in the German speaking markets and we are sorry to see him go. Patrick will be returning to New Zealand, his home, and we wish him all the best for the future. Mr. Wallace Souther, who has been with SPTO Germany since January, 2001 will be taking over all of Patrick's functions at SPTO Germany.


NZ Fare Special Extended Until 3 June

Good news for Kiwis- airfares ex Auckland is at NZ$699, and with a package holiday, it gets even better. These fares are available with both Air Pacific and Air New Zealand. Bookings must be done before 3 June, and travel completed by 15 September. For further details, contact the Air Pacific or Air New Zealand office, or email FVB Auckland on [email protected]. (Source: Fiji Deals and Specials Newsletter, 11/05/01)

Rural Tourism appeals to US travellers

Rural tourism is appealing to many Americans, with 62 per cent of all US adults taking a trip to a small town or village in the past three years, according to a special Travel Poll by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA). This translates to 86.8 million US adults. The majority of these trips were for leisure purposes (86%) and, by far, the most popular reason overall for traveling to a small town or rural area is to visit friends or relatives (44%). (Source: Tourism Industry Intelligence, April 2001)

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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. 


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