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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.

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Photo of the Week: Beneath the Azure Waves of Tonga

  • Tonga Visitor's Bureau (photo), Michael Puniani (text)
  • 28 March 2010

For a taste of old, peaceful, clean and perfect paradise, Tonga is one of the few remaining natural, low-profile, ‘fairytale’ wonders of the world. Viewed from high above, its sparkling clear waters attract even the youngest travellers from all around the world, all eager to experience firsthand the beauty of the Friendly Isles!

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Photo of the Week: Fire-Knife Dancing in Samoa

  • Damien Sass (photo), Damien Sass and Nynette Sass (text)
  • 3 January 2010

IN NOVEMBER 2010, THIS IMAGE EARNED SPECIAL MENTION FROM OUR JUDGES WHEN SELECTING THE WHL GROUP PHOTO OF THE YEAR. This photograph of Siva Afi, or fire-knife dancing, was taken in 2008 at the Hotel Kitano Tusitala in Apia, Samoa’s capital city. Siva Afi is no doubt one of the most exhilarating aspects of Samoan festivities and shouldn’t be missed during a visit to the island.

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Natural Disasters Pound Southeast Asia, Including Typhoon Ketsana

  • Diane Wuthrich and Ethan Gelber
  • 2 October 2009

It came as a triple whammy for which no one was prepared: Tuesday’s major undersea earthquake in the South Pacific triggered a devastating tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa; two pummelling tectonic shakedowns on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have produced heaps of rubble; all while the world deplored the wind- and water-lashed aftermath of last weekend’s Typhoon Ketsana, which slammed into the Philippines.

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Tsunami in the South Pacific Devastates the Coasts of Samoa and American Samoa

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 1 October 2009

The news from Samoa Islands is heartbreaking. On early Tuesday morning, triggered by a powerful undersea earthquake (8.0 in magnitude), a towering tsunami struck with disastrous consequences. Three surges were reported, with waves of up to five or six metres reaching almost two metres higher than sea level. “At this time [late afternoon on Tuesday…

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Responsible Travel in Samoa

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 1 October 2009

whl.travel helps independent travellers book accommodation and tours in Samoa that really benefit the local community. This is unabashedly a good thing for Nynette Sass, the CEO of the Samoa Hotels Association and the whl.travel local connection.

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The Cook Islands’ Secret Travel Recipe, Best Served by Locals

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 26 January 2009

The Cook Islands are best known for their pristine beaches and warm lagoons, the kinds of retreats that usually appeal to travellers in the South Pacific Ocean. Most visitors therefore end up on the two most popular and easily reachable islands, Rarotonga and Aitutaki. However, the Cook Islands have so much more to offer

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