Liquidators say a ‘clearly’ broke Air Vanuatu owes at least $99m

Air Vanuatu administrators say the airline was “clearly not in a position to meet its financial commitments” well before it collapsed earlier this month, and is more than $99 million (US$66 million) short of being

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Air Vanuatu: Ernst & Young appointed voluntary liquidators, Fiji Airways boosts capacity to Vanuatu

Ernst & Young Australia have been appointed as Voluntary Liquidators of Air Vanuatu (Operations) Limited. This follows the airline’s cancellation of around 20 flights to and from New Zealand, Australia and

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Air Vanuatu grounds flights after reportedly going into administration, Board dissolved

Air Vanuatu has cancelled or adjusted some 20 flights to and from New Zealand, Australia and Nouméa after reportedly being placed into administration. Cancelled flights include services from Port Vila to Auckland on

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Fiji tourism looks to India, China

Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister Viliame Gavoka’s busy schedule last week included a brief meeting with Indian actress, Rakul Preet Singh and her new husband, film producer Jackky Bhagnani. The couple were in Fiji for

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Spartan Fiji aims to double participants, economic impact in 2024

Spartan Race CEO Russell Nelms hopes to double the number of people participating in the Fiji event this year, and its value to the local economy. Russell Helms says the event injected FJ$6.2 million into the economy in

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Palau tourism rebounds, aims for Pre-Pandemic levels by year’s end 

Palau’s tourism industry is experiencing a significant comeback, with visitor arrivals steadily increasing throughout 2023 and into 2024.  Total arrivals in 2023 surpassed 42,000, reaching nearly 45 percent of

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HK Airlines resumes Saipan service; hotel group ‘ecstatic’ about the return of Chinese tourists

After a  four-year hiatus, Hong Kong Airlines will resume direct flights between Hong Kong and Saipan this weekend, foretelling the resurgence of the China market in the Northern Marianas.  The Hotel Association of

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Protecting tourism’s biggest drawcard

Pacific Island nations have joined a landmark collaboration aimed at ensuring marine-based tourism adds to, rather than undermines, conservation efforts. The initiative to develop Pacific Marine Tourism Guidelines and

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Air Niugini to suspend weekly Palau flights

Air Niugini has advised customers that the airline’s weekly services from Brisbane to Palau via Port Moresby will be suspended, effective 01 May 2024. This service commenced in February 2023 supported by the

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Niue’s twice weekly flights have resumed

The twice weekly flights to Niue resumed last week on Monday, 01 April.  Niue Tourism Advisor, Hayden Porter says they double their capacity numbers with the increased flights and is the highest they have seen in the

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China Southern Airlines to increase flights to PNG

China Southern Airlines is considering the possibility of increasing the number of its flights to PNG.  Last December, the Chinese airline company landed for the first time in PNG opening a direct route between

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