Despite a drop in the number of visitor arrivals to Fiji in November last year, the Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association remains confident in the figures from the Bureau of Statistics. The bureau registered 52,151 arrivals last November, a 0.7 per cent increase for the same month in 2011. Compared to the October 2012 arrival figure of 62,686, the decrease of 16.2 per cent was still a consistently high figure, according to association president Mr. Dixon Seeto.
Visitors to the Cooks from Australia last year have had a marked increase – and an Australian tourism manager says it is down to targeted advertising. Recently released Tourism Corporation statistics show Australian numbers jumped 17 per cent last December from December 2011. There were 2754 Australians who visited the Cooks in December, with the total visitor numbers for that month 10,216 – an increase of 10 per cent from the year before.
John Batman Group, which has been trading throughout the Pacific for 50 years this May, has recognised the great work of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and has recently become a member for the first time in the company's history.
Most known for being a publisher of specialist hotel/resort compendium publications throughout the South
Pacific, the Just Brilliant Guides brand is also recognised by its association with Papua New Guinea's Land Of Mystery magazine, tourist telephone services, tailored maps and other boutique travel publications in the region. The company is excited about its new involvement with SPTO and is looking forward to developing a close working relationship with all stakeholders, including hotels, resorts, operators and other service providers.
In a collaborative project between Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Pacific Islands tourism businesses will soon be able promote their enterprises to international investors via an online Tourism Investment Database. It will be the only Tourism Investment Database of its kind in the region and will allow investors to search for projects to invest in and make an enquiry, all in the one place.
The objective of the project is to encourage foreign direct investment which will stimulate sustainable economic growth and employment opportunities for the region. The database will build on the success of PT&I’s existing investment database by highlighting investment opportunities specifically in the tourism sector.
Paradise can now be found in the palm of a hand with Tahiti Tourisme launching its first travel app for Android and Apple users. The standout functions of the easy to use application are augmented reality and a travel guide providing detailed information on dining, accommodation, transport and activities for most of Tahiti’s islands and atolls including contacts, tourist reviews and photos.
Tahiti Tourisme Australia Director Robert Thompson said the new app was a fun way to explore Tahiti and Her Islands. “It’s also nice to receive tips and advice from other tourists and Tahitians who are best placed to take users on a virtual tour around their islands.” For more information and to download the app, search Tahiti Tourisme in the App Store or Play Store or scan the QR code. (Source: Tahiti Tourisme / eTravel Blackboard Australia Tourism Bureau News 14 February 2013)