13 Jun 2022

Tourist chief welcomes reopening of borders to tourists

10:15 am on 13 June 2022

A tourism organisation is hoping that at least ten Pacific nations will be open again to tourists by the end of the year.

Fiji, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia are already open to all tourists and the Cook Islands is open to tourists who go through New Zealand or Australia.

A pier at Carp Island, Palau.

Photo: 123rf

Pacific Tourism Organisation's chief executive Christopher Cocker said the latest developments on opening dates after more than two years of covid-19 travel restrictions are very promising.

"Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will open in July, Niue will open just for New Zealand citizens also in July.

"Samoa is opening August or September and Tonga is in November or December for tourists."

Cocker said this is an excellent development for tourist-reliant nations.

"We're going back to normality. It means hope that there's going to be an economic resurrection. It means that those countries that are reliant on tourism will be able to see and capture the market that is eager to travel."

Cocker said covid-19 has forced the Pacific to re-think its approach on tourism and now they get a chance to show off to the world.