Samoa Airways first aircraft to arrive in Samoa on 13-Nov-2017

Samoa Tourism Authority, via its official 03-Nov-2017 newsletter, announced Samoa Airways‘ leased Boeing 737-800 completed application of its livery in Europe and will be ferried to the Solomon Islands this…..

Visitor arrival to Samoa down 2% to 11,025 in May-2017

Samoa‘s Bureau of Statistics reported (07-Nov-2017) visitor arrivals to Samoa for May-2017. Details include: Visitor arrivals: 11,025, -2.0% year-on-year; New Zealand: 5062; Australia: 2350; USA: 802……

Solomon Islands visitor arrivals up 8.3% in year to Aug-2017

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau reported visitor arrivals for the year to Aug-2017 rose 8.3% year-on-year to 16,190 (Solomon Star, 07-Nov-2017). Australian arrivals grew 3.4% to 6425,…..

Australia adds Taiwan to permanent approvals list for SmartGates

Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs added nationals from Taiwan to the list of those permanently approved to used the SmartGate self-processing e-passport control system, effective…..

Solomon Islands and IFC sign tourism development MoU

Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture and Tourism signed (07-Nov-2017) a MoU with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, aimed…..

Gevo talking to ‘several other major jet fuel buyers’ about its alcohol-to-jet fuel

Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported the company’s supply agreement with Virgin Australia and the associated project for renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) are “geared to proving out the supply…..

Tourism WA releases International Markets Summary for the year ending Jun-2017

Tourism Western Australia released (Oct-2017) its International Markets Summary for the year ending Jun-2017. The report profiles visitors to Western Australia from key international source markets; markets Western Australia…..

Tianjin Airlines to launch Sydney service in Jan-2018, signs SPA agreement with Virgin Australia

Tianjin Airlines announced (06-Nov-2017) plans to launch Tianjin-Zhengzhou-Sydney Kingsford Smith service on 29-Jan-2018, with more details to be available later in Nov-2017. As previously reported by…..

CAAC: China and Fiji hold bilateral aviation talks

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced (06-Nov-2017) it held bilateral aviation talks with Fiji to exchange views on how to strengthen civil aviation ties between the two…..

Qantas responds to increased cancellation on Sydney-Canberra route

Qantas announced it would adjust its Sydney-Canberra schedule in response to increasing cancellations on the route (Sydney Morning Herald, 07-Nov-2017). In Sep-2017, Sydney-Canberra services had the…..

Cook Islands MP: Measures required to slow tourism due to inadequate infrastructure and utilities

Cook Islands MP for Titikaveka Sel Napa called for measures to be implemented to slow tourism growth due to inadequate infrastructure and utilities, especially in Rarotonga…..