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Bahamas: Tourism Targets 23.5% Reduction In ‘Leakage’

By CTA Admin | Jan 23, 2018

Promoting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises could help the Bahamas reduce the “leakage” of 85 cents from every tourist dollar earned, a hotel executive said yesterday. Carlton Russell, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president, said the Tru Tru Bahamian Festival from February 3-4 provides an opportunity to highlight and support local…

St Lucia Food and Rum Festival Scores High

By CTA Admin | Jan 16, 2018

St. Lucia may have produced a gem in the just concluded Food & Rum Festival, one that may very well put it on par with well-known food festivals across the world. The Festival, which ended Sunday night at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, left in its wake pleased, well-fed patrons; a better informed group of…

Barbados makes its claim as the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’

By CTA Admin | Jan 16, 2018

Damian Leach is one of the young chefs making waves in the island nation, putting twists to classic Bajan dishes with influences learned abroad. In support of the burgeoning food scene, the Barbados government has declared 2018 the year of culinary experiences. The young, Barbados-born chef, like several others on the front lines of modern…

Oka Festival’s global appeal

By CTA Admin | Jan 16, 2018

The popular Oka Festival organised by the Samoa Culinary Association is gaining global appeal. That’s thanks largely to international coverage being provided New Zealand’s Fresh T.V. and other international media groups. Filming the Festival for the third time since its inauguration in 2016 was New Zealand based Fresh T.V, who have become big supporters. Lisa…

USP To Offer New Qualifications In Tourism And Hospitality

By CTA Admin | Dec 19, 2017

The 85th Council of The University of the South Pacific instituted two new programmes for Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE). This includes the Diploma of Culinary Arts and Management (Level 5) and Diploma of Hospitality Management – Events, Food and Beverage and Front Office (Level 5). Both programmes are stair-casing qualifications and builds…

Pacific nutritionists unite to push healthier lifestyles

By CTA Admin | Dec 19, 2017

Pacific health officials have moved to revise the region’s nutritional guidelines in an attempt to address medical issues that exist today. The Pacific Community along with nutritionists in the Pacific began the revision last year and met last month to adapt the guidelines for the first time since they were developed in 2000. The ten…

Solomons’ want more local food on hotel menus

By CTA Admin | Dec 6, 2017

Tourism authorities in Solomon Islands say they want more local produce to feature on restaurant menus around the country. This comes as several government agencies work together with other stakeholders to link agriculture, tourism and trade. The marketing manager of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, Freda Unusi, said tourists often wanted to taste local food…

WIBDI Farm-to-table data management

By CTA Admin | Dec 6, 2017

Information and communication technology (ICT) has gained significance in recent years in the agricultural and educational sectors of developing countries. ICT and Knowledge Management tools are helping Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) to manage the establishment and growth of a national Organic Farm-to-Table Academy in Samoa. Since 2016, WIBDI has been offering a training…

Vanuatu Agritourism Forum: Agritourism Logo competition opens

By CTA Admin | Nov 28, 2017

THE Vanuatu Agritourism Steering Committee is calling for interested persons to design a logo for the Agritourism Program. yasurThe committee said that the criteria to be featured in the logo are tourism features of Vanuatu like volcanoes, beaches, coconuts, land diving, custom dances and more. Agricultural products of Vanuatu like fruits, vegetables, livestock, poultry, piggery…

Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases

By CTA Admin | Nov 27, 2017

Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases Livestock play an important role in countries of Central and South Asia in relation to boosting nutrition but also by helping to improve livelihoods, particlarly those of small holders and their families. Outbreaks of animal diseases like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and…

Food influences holiday destination for 76% of APAC travelers

By CTA Admin | Nov 24, 2017

According to the Airbnb Asia Pacific(APAC) Travel survey, Asia Pacific (APAC) travelers are getting more adventurous with 71% of people surveyed emphasizing the importance of trying local cuisines on vacation, and 6 out of 10 (59%) travelers keen to try new experiences or activities. That’s why Airbnb has partnered with four high profile and award…

Farmers need to connect with buyers in the tourism industry

By CTA Admin | Nov 24, 2017

Food and drinks are critical facts that determine the choice of destination for many tourists. This applies also to tourists that visit the Pacific, according to the Hilton (2014) survey of travelers which says that 36 percent of tourists interviewed chose their holiday destination based on food and drinks on offer. Vanuatu is the only…

Fiji: Agricultural products promoted to tourism customers

By CTA Admin | Nov 21, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture during the recent HOTEC Tradeshow promoted agricultural products with potential tourism customers. The tourism Tradeshow which was an event for product manufacturers and suppliers to exhibit their products and services, provided an opportune time for the Ministry to promote local exporters and market their agricultural produce locally and internationally. In the…