Latest updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 12, 2021

Repatriation Flights to Tonga Postponed to March

Flights from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia to Tonga have been postponed to next month due to managed quarantine period changes.
February 12, 2021

COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced
February 10, 2021

Tahiti President Warns About Long Covid-19 Border Closure

French Polynesia’s president Edouard Fritch says he hopes last week’s border closure ordered by Paris because of the Covid-19 pandemic won’t exceed three months.
February 10, 2021

Australian Prime Minister Reveals Plans for Travel Bubble with Popular Tourist Destinations

After almost a year without international travel, Australia’s Prime Minister has revealed his hopes for a travel bubble with a handful of neighbouring nations.
February 9, 2021

Visitor Arrival for 2021 Similar to 19th Century

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the largest ever economic decline last year.
February 9, 2021

2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN chief tells Member States

The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe.
February 9, 2021

Expedia Opens up Discount Rates to COVID-hit Travel Agency Partners

Expedia Group says it is recognizing the impact of the pandemic on the travel agency community and is opening up package travel rates to all its customers.
February 9, 2021

WTTC calls for focus on individual travellers to boost safety

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders.
February 9, 2021

Journey Continues Towards a More Sustainable and Resilient Tourism Industry

In 2019, the Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) launched the first sector policy for tourism in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy.
February 9, 2021

VTO Free Fun Bus Continues into 2021

The Vanuatu Tourism Office’s popular Free Fun Bus service which was on hot demand over Christmas and New Year’s, will continue throughout 2021 as part of VTO’s ‘Sapotem Lokol Tourism’ campaign to encourage people to get out to rural areas and support tourism businesses.
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