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Pacific Island Tourism Businesses Gain Access to Professional Online Assistance

  • Hotel Link Solutions
  • 17 July 2012

The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) contract Hotel Link Solutions to provide digital-marketing products and solutions to local hoteliers in the Pacific Islands.


Surfing the Cyclone Swells of the Solomon Islands

  • William Darby
  • 6 April 2012

The Solomon Islands are relatively unexplored by surfers; different swell directions and sizes often give birth to waves that have never been surfed, so the potential seems enormous. But the greatest thing about surfing here is that you truly feel like you’re experiencing the place firsthand.


Rennell Island World Heritage Site Tours Find Equilibrium in the Solomon Islands

  • WHL Group
  • 7 December 2011

Deep in the South Pacific, in the Solomon Islands, is an atoll called Rennell Island. Like so many other natural World Heritage Sites that have gained UNESCO recognition for their unique biogeography, Rennell faces a dilemma: It wants to realise its high potential for ecotourism, but this can only happen if the infrastructure remains basic and little or no development is imposed on the area’s natural and cultural attractions. Can this precarious balance be achieved?


Photo of the Week: The Children of Yakel Village, Tanna, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (Photo and Text)
  • 7 August 2011

Living what some outsiders would consider a feral existence is normal to the children of Yakel, a ‘Kastom’ village on the island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago. The settlement is referred to locally as a Nambas village – the Nambas being the sole item of apparel worn by men, hiding their private parts. This means that the village rejects everything introduced by the Western world. The children will never go to school. Their clothing, food and entertainment will be provided solely by the forest in which they live.


Photo of the Week: Fish of Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (photo and text)
  • 7 May 2011

Looking at the world from a reflected perspective can produce far superior images than one’s attempt at orchestrating it. Reflections can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to a more artistic, whimsical abstract. I especially like using water, as the liquid medium not only reflects but absorbs light in space, often with subject matter suspended in that potential energy.


Who’s Who in Vanuatu: An Interview with a Local Travel Expert

  • WHL Group
  • 30 March 2011

Silvana Nicholls and her husband, John Nicholls, were some of the earliest local partners to join the whl.travel family. They launched their Vanuatu destination portal in November of 2005 and have been strong collaborators ever since. She arrived on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific in 2001 and spent the first three years on the volcanic island of Tanna before moving to the capital city of Port Vila on Efate Island, where she and John still live.


OPINION: Will Some Donors Never Grow Up?

  • John Nicholls
  • 1 July 2010

Private enterprises usually operate on the principle of the smallest amount of energy and funding required to produce the greatest outcome. In striking (and disturbing) counterpoint to this, it seems to me that too many donor organisations – both international or domestic – operate in a parallel but opposite world guided by the principle of the greatest amount of energy and funding required to produce the least outcome.


OPINION: Is Local Interaction Essential for Local Travel?

  • John Nicholls
  • 8 June 2010

I recently had friends around for a dinner party. They’re all in the 50-60 age bracket and well travelled, so we talked about an issue raised by the Local Travel Movement. The question I asked them was whether they travelled primarily to meet and interact with local people in the destinations they go to or to see and experience things as distinct from the personal interaction?


Photo of the Week: The Pentecost Jump, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (photo and text)
  • 2 May 2010

Much has been written about the island of Pentecost (part of the Vanuatu archipelago) and its yearly ritual of death-defying land jumps performed in the south of the island in celebration of the yam harvest. The Nagol (or N’gol) ritual of land diving has been performed for hundreds of years, and also doubles as a male coming of age ceremony.


Photo of the Week: A Bure on the Island of Nacula, Fiji

  • Image by Vika Waqa Text by Kolinio Rokuta, whl.travel local connection in Fiji
  • 21 February 2010

Bure (pronounced boo-reh) is the Fijian word for a traditional family dwelling, with a design that represents one of the finest examples of workmanship in Fiji. It is a thatched hut usually constructed from palm and bamboo, and is accompanied by an outside kitchen. The bure pictured here is located on the island of Nacula…

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