SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM UPDATE

ISSUE NO. 24 - 23RD OCTOBER 2002

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

Slow road to recovery for travel and tourism industry

After falling nearly 6 percent last year, domestic and international travel spending in the USA continues to be soft and isn't expected to recover to record 2000 levels until sometime in 2004. "We can expect a long, slow road to recovery for the travel and tourism industry, and even when it does come, this does not mean we will necessarily return to the way things were before September 11," remarked Dr. Suzanne Cook for the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA). "Despite continued slow growth in the leisure travel market, this recovery is fragile and could be choked off by any number of new developments."

Domestic and international travel expenditures dropped by 5.8 per cent in 2001. The industry will see a 5 percent gain in domestic and international travel spending in 2003. Another 5 percent gain is projected for 2004, to $588.2 billion, finally exceeding 2000's record level of spending ($570.5 billion). (Source: Travel Daily News, 18/10/02)

Japan & Australia Alliance to boost inbound arrivals

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has announced a new major initiative, Vision One Million which aims to build inbound tourism from Japan. Speaking at the launch of Vision One Million in Tokyo, Japan, ATC Managing Director Mr. Ken Boundy said that the new initiative was a first for any country and involved a unique, long term partnership between the leaders of the top travel companies in Japan and the Australian tourism industry. The new group, Japan Australia Advisory Group (JAAG), comprises the highest level of representation from the major travel companies in Japanese who have committed to deliver one million visitors to Australia by 2010. The initiative will be supported by a strategy which would address a range of issues such as how Australia can continue to attract the key travelling segments, product development as well as aviation capacity. (Source: ATC Online Essentials, 18/10/02)

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REGIONAL

Chilean airline & Tahiti combine to tap South American market

Chilean airline Lan Chile has organized a week devoted to the promotion of Tahiti in Chile as part of the building of links between the two. Airline officials think more South American visitors could come to French Polynesia in the months to come. Lan Chile has two weekly flights from Santiago to Papeete and return, via Easter Island. Said Alan Scotti, the Lan Chile representative in Papeete, "it is not just a matter of giving brochures to tourism professionals or showing Tahitian dances. We want to give a large audience a taste of what Tahiti really is today. "We have a feeling that many people would surely come to French Polynesia if they know the destination better." A group of Chilean journalists have already visited Tahiti. (Source: PINA Nius Online, 17/10/02)

Holidaymakers to PNG on the rise

The number of holiday visitors from major source markets of PNG has increased over the first eight months of 2002. These holidaymakers recorded an increase of 9.4 percent compared to the same period last year. This is despite the fact that the total visitor arrivals were 1.5 percent less than last year. Visitor arrival figures for the first eight months of this year was 36, 298, compared to 36, 839 last year. Compared to the same period last year, most of the major source markets recorded positive changes, Canada up by 46.8 percent, Japan by 30.6 percent, USA by 14.8 percent, Australia by 2.3 percent, Other European markets by 11.3 percent and other Asian markets by 5.9 percent. While Germany, UK, New Zealand, Philippines and India recorded a decline. (Source: PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, 10/10/02)

Royal Tongan Airlines begins 757 link

Royal Tongan Airlines has announced that it will operate daily (except Sunday) Boeing 757 flights between New Zealand and Tonga beginning November 25. Once weekly Royal Tongan Airlines will also operate to Sydney and Honolulu. Royal Tongan Airlines is leasing the Boeing aircraft from Royal Brunei Airlines in order to operate the international services. As part of the agreement, Royal Brunei is providing flight crew and is currently also training Royal Tongan’s flight attendants. The Boeing 757-200 aircraft will be configured to offer 150 economy and 16 business class seats. Currently Royal Tongan operates domestic services within Tonga. (Source: Royal Tongan Airlines, 09/10/02)

Air Pacific fleet plan to boost Fiji arrivals

Fiji's international airline, Air Pacific, will bring two Boeing 747-400s into its fleet next year and envisages the retirement of its sole existing 747-200 in June. The long range 460-seat 747-400s will be used by the Fiji national carrier on Nadi-Sydney and Nadi-Los Angeles services. According to the managing director and executive officer, John Campbell, Air Pacific's future growth also requires additional mid-range aircraft of 250-300 seat capacity with Boeing's 767-330, its 777 and the Airbus 330 being considered. On conclusion of negotiations these aircraft would be delivered between 2004-2005 and 2006-2007.

The airline's aggregate commitment to planned fleet expansion, including spares, introduction costs and training would be about F$1-billion. This fleet expansion would increase airline seat capacity for Fiji by a minimum 60 percent with Air Pacific alone producing about 1.25 million seats a year on implementation of the plan. Fiji visitor arrivals would total about 400,000 in 2002 and at a compound growth of about eight percent would be about 750,000 in 2009. (Source: e-Travel Blackboard, 18/10/02)

Hotel Evasion 130 closed for renovations

Hotel Evasion 130, located in Sarramea in the heart of mountain chain in New Caledonia, is currently closed for renovations. The hotel is scheduled to reopen during 2003. For more information email: info@nouvellecaledonietourisme-sud.com (Source: New Caledonia Tourism. South, October 2002)

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SPTO MEMBER UPDATE

VACANCY - Assistant Policy & Programme Coordinator

SPTO is seeking an experienced officer with appropriate skills in project formulation to prepare projects and programmes to be coordinated and/or implemented through the auspices of the organization. The candidate for the required post must be citizen of SPTO’s member countries which include the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Project Description

The position has an initial tenure of six months (with the likelihood of further extension) and will be located at the SPTO’s Secretariat, Suva, Fiji Islands.

Statement of Duties

The APPC will assist the Policy & Programme Coordinator with the following tasks:

· prepare project proposals as specified in SPTO’s ‘Logframe of Projects"

· assist with the implementation of projects specific to SPTO’s Regional Tourism Strategy and Corporate Plan

· prepare specific funding proposals

· for solicitation of funds to support regional needs of the member countries of SPTO;

· that would benefit member countries, and are aimed at generating income for the ongoing activities of SPTO;

· work with member countries and other members of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) on coordinating future regional tourism policies;

· prepare funding and technical assistance applications on behalf of the member countries and SMEs of the members’ tourism sector;

· assist with the formulation of member countries’ tourism policies

· undertake any other duties that may be delegated by the SPTO’s Chief Executive.

Important skills and qualifications to have:

· Minimum of five years of project management experience, preferably in administration, financial or tourism associated projects.

· Demonstrate the capacity to conduct successful dialogues with the donor community, especially for SPTO’s future Work Programme projects.

· Expertise in monitoring and evaluation techniques.

· Knowledge of aid donors and their reporting systems and processes.

· Knowledge of the Pacific, and regional and international tourism organizations.

· Excellent interpersonal skills and negotiating skills to facilitate relationships with both country and private sector members, as well as other stakeholders.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary and Other Benefits

The final salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications. However, as a guide, the basic salary for the APPC will be around FJD$35,000 per annum. Medical and other benefits will also be provided. In addition, an Establishment Grant and Housing Allowance will be payable to non-residents of Fiji. SPTO expatriate staff are not subject to income tax in Fiji.

Application Contact and Deadline: Applications should reach SPTO Secretariat in Suva, Fiji by 4:00pm, Friday 1st November 2002. For further information on the above post please contact: Ms Rosemary Taufatofua, Policy & Programme Coordinator at email: rtaufatofua@spto.org 

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OTHER NEWS

Freebies for kids at Outrigger Reef Fiji

To ensure parents still have a few pennies in the bank after the Christmas season, Outrigger Reef Fiji on Viti Levu’s Coral Coast is offering a significant cost saving package. A first for any resort on the Coral Coast in terms age limit, kids 16 and under eat and stay free in the lush tropical surroundings of the luxurious 4.5 star resort that is nestled amongst 17 hectares of tall palms and landscaped gardens.

A host of free activities can also be enjoyed by both parents and kids including kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, tennis, water polo, gym workouts, tennis, aerobics and volleyball. There are also two Kids Clubs available taking into account the needs of both younger kids and adolescents and offering a range of programs that pair them up with other kids of similar ages. Outrigger’s special kids stay and eat free package is available until March 31, 2003. For further information visit www.outrigger.com/fiji (Source: Outrigger Reef Fiji, 11/10/02)

See Fiji and sail away

If all you’ve ever wanted to do was step aboard a yacht and sail away, Fiji’s Musket Cove Resort has all the ingredients required except no time limit. Musket Cove bay, in Fiji’s Mamanuca islands, is a safe anchorage for about 120. If all you have is a day you can escape and sail aboard the 16.5-metre (55-foot) ketch Dulcinea for a two-island cruise each Monday and Wednesday for F$49 per person, a dolphin safari and barrier reef snorkelling each Tuesday and Friday for F$45 per person or a sunset cruise each Tuesday and Friday for F$30 per person. Ten people can charter Dulcinea for the day for F$500.

There are more than 20 boats operating out of Musket Cove and if time, and money, is of no concern, try the 17-metre (56-foot) racing yacht Gallivant, sleeping eight and costing F$1,800 per day all inclusive with a full crew. For more sailing options visit www.musketcovefiji.com (Source: Musket Cove Resort, 02/10/02)

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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, its key markets and internationally.

Editor Jaspreet Sharma South Pacific Tourism Organisation Level 3, FNPF Place, 343 - 359 Victoria Parade Suva, FIJI ISLANDS Ph: (679) 330 4177 Fax: (679) 330 1995 E-mail: info@spto.org  Visit South Pacific Islands at www.spto.org  SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS DISCOVER PARADISE!!

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