What’s Happening in Tonga

Cultural Tourism a sustainable livelihood for the Tongan communities

A two days convention recognizing the importance of the practice of handicrafts was officially opened last week at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre. The Cultural Tourism Convention which was held on Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd of May, 2014 was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Mele Siu’ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili. Present at the official opening was the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, Minister of Commerce, Tourism and Labour Dr. the Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu, His Excellenc…

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga Tourism, Tourism, Tonga, Handicrafts, Manufacturing, Trade, Culture, Cultural Tourism

May 30, 2014  |   Share:

Investor Sought to Renovate and Operate Historic International Dateline Hotel

The Government of Tonga with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is seeking proposals from private sector parties interested in undertaking the renovation, upgrading and future operation of the International Dateline Hotel in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Established in 1966, the government-owned International Dateline Hotel is the largest in Tonga, with 125 rooms and it will become the country’s first international-standard three-and-a-half …

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga Tourism, Tonga Accommodation, Tourism, Tonga, Nukualofa

May 29, 2014  |   Share:

Tonga to find an Investor for International Dateline Hotel

The Government of Tonga is launching a second market-sounding exercise in order to find potential partners for the renovation and management of the International Dateline Hotel following the end of negotiations with Tanoa Hotel Group. The Minister for Finance and National Planning Dr. ‘Aisake Eke stated that the “development of the International Dateline Hotel plays a key role in the future of Tonga’s tourism industry and therefore Government is committed to finding a suitable private sector…

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga Tourism, Hotel, Tonga Accommodation, Tonga, Nukualofa, Tourism, Dateline

April 4, 2014  |   Share:

Cruise ship days an improvement for Tonga’s tourism

Nuku’alofa once again welcomed the arrival of yet another magnificent cruise ship, the ‘Queen Victoria’ on Monday 17th March 2014.  The Queen Victoria is the second Cunard vessel to visit Nuku’alofa for the year. Its sister ship, the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ visited in early February of this year a third sister Curiseship the ‘Queen Mary’ is expected to arrive in 2015. The very size of these cruise ships awe the people of Nuku’alofa as Tonga takes pride in Vuna wharf, Tonga’s very own wharf d…

Categories: None | Tags: Vuna Wharf, Tonga Tourism Authority, Tourism, Tonga Tourism, Tourism Sector, Tonga, Cruise Ship

March 26, 2014  |   Share:

14 cruise ships confirmed for 2014

Tonga prepares itself for the beginning of the new cruise ship season for 2014 with 14 cruise ships confirmed to visit the Kingdom. They will visit the islands of Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Tofua and Vava’u and for the first time in Tonga’s cruise ship history, a cruise ship will spend overnight in the Ha’apai Islands later in the year. The first cruise ship to call in Tonga for this year is the MS Silver Whisperer arriving on Friday 24th of January followed by a ‘double cruise ship’, the MS Colum…

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga Tourism, Tourism Sector, Cruise Ship, Tonga, Vuna Wharf, Tourism, Cruise Market

February 12, 2014  |   Share:

Tonga Tourism Authority appointed new General Manager

The newly established Tonga Tourism Authority welcomes Mr. Stuart Perry as the newly appointed General Manager (GM).  Effective in January 2014, Mr. Perry is the first General Manger for the Tonga Tourism Authority.  Mr. Perry brings with him over 30 years of experience in General Management, Tourism Management, Marketing and Brand Management and in Media and Publishing.  Prior to taking up the position of General Manager for the Tonga Tourism Authority, Mr. Perry was the CEO …

Categories: None | Tags: Tourism, Ministry Of Tourism, Travel, South Pacific, Tourism Experience, Tourism Sector

February 11, 2014  |   Share:

Tonga’s CEO of Tourism moves on to become CEO of Finance

The CEO for the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour Mr. Tatafu Moeaki has moved on and take up the CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning for 4 years effective from 23 September 2013 according to the appointment by the Public Service Commission. The Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour Hon. Dr. Viliami Latu says “ Tatafu Moeaki has led the Ministry through a growth period, increasing the Ministry’s direct budget resources more than three fold over the years, …

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga, Tourism

October 15, 2013  |   Share:

Facts on Tonga’s MA-60 online

Visit this website to learn more on Tonga’s newest aircraft, the MA-60. http://ma60tonga.com/tongas-ma60-aircraft/

Categories: None | Tags: Tonga, Tourism, Real Tonga, Airline, Domestic Air Services

October 3, 2013  |   Share:

Government of Tonga launches $1 million grants for Tourism and Manufacturing

Government of Tonga’s TOP$ 1 million grants for Tourism and Manufacturing businesses was launched in Neiafu, Vava’u at the Puataukanave International Hotel on Friday 20th September, 2013. The Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu was joined by the Minister for Finance and National Planning, Hon. Lisiate Aloveita Akolo to launch the grant scheme with over 50 guests from local business operators, community groups and government representatives. Hon. Latu said that …

Categories: None | Tags: Tourism Sector, Tonga, Tourism, Handicrafts, Manufacturing

September 23, 2013  |   Share:

Tourism & Manufacturing sectors supported by Government

The Ministry of Commerce, Tourism & Labour is pleased to announce that the Government of Tonga has established a TOP$1million grant to support small business and community development in the tourism and manufacturing sectors. This initiative reflects Government’s commitment to enhancing partnership with the private sector and communities to drive economic growth for the country. The grants scheme are scheduled to be launched by the Honourable Ministers for Commerce, Tourism & Labour and Minister…

Categories: None | Tags: Tourism Sector, Tourism, Tonga

September 13, 2013  |   Share:

Tonga welcomes Sea Princess highlights the ‘True’ Tongan hospitality

Tourism is regarded the ‘sector of hope’ for Tonga’s economy. With Tonga being the only island destination in the South Pacific with a dedicated wharf for cruise ships, Tonga is headed in the right direction with its cruise market. The arrival of the Sea Princess last Saturday 7th September with its mighty passengers of 1,954 visitors and 844 crew, proved to be a highlight for the capital, Nuku’alofa as many of the visitors thoroughly enjoyed their first stop on their 36-days cruise around t…

Categories: None | Tags: Travel, Tourism, Tonga Tourism, Tourism Sector, Cruise Ship, Vuna Wharf, Nukualofa, Tonga, Cruise Market

September 12, 2013  |   Share:

Tonga’s tourism still strong despite negative NZ travel advise.

Tonga Tourism remains strong amidst the NZ negative travel advice and speculations over safety issues these past months. In an interview between Radio New Zealand and the House of Travel, a key wholesaler in the sector, bookings to Tonga remain strong despite safety concerns with a new MA-60 aircraft flying domestically between Nuku’alofa and Vava’u. According to the House of Travel, there’s 17 per cent growth in travelers to Tonga in the first 7 months of this year. Report from local operator,…

Categories: None | Tags: Travel, Tonga Tourism, Tourism, Tonga, Domestic Air Services

September 10, 2013  |   Share:

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