The Travel Bug - Issue 31
SPF40 - The 3rd Annual South Pacific
It is coming close to that time of the year again when the
South Pacific meets the US in the 3rd annual SPF40 to be held in Long Beach, California, from 20-22 September. The
3-days conference is focused on educating travel agents, tour operators, reservation staff and media on the South
Pacific destinations. These destinations include Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
Tahiti, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The program consists of a travel agent training event, a mini trade show, reservation
staff training and a media event. Under each country participating, a selected number of suppliers are also invited
to present, promote and sell their specific products.
This year’s event is once again organized by Mvent Group in
collaboration with the SPF40 Organizing Committee, which consist mainly of South Pacific NTO reps based in the US.
The event is sponsored by the participating NTOs as well as certain corporate sponsors, which include Air Tahiti
Nui, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Bridal Media, Questex Media and south-pacific.travel. south-pacific.travel works
closely with the SPF40 Organizing Committee and will be represented at this year’s event.
Pacific Blue Airline to Expand in
The Australian-based airline, Pacific Blue, says
it would like to expand its services to other Pacific countries. Pacific Blue currently serves Tonga, Vanuatu, the
Cook Islands and Fiji, and in its venture with Polynesian Blue it flies to Samoa. Pacific Blue’s commercial general
manager Adrian Hamilton-Manns says expanding into places like the Northern Marianas and Kiribati would boost their
economies. “Because we’d promote personal tourism and travel to those islands we’d like to service the Pacific
Island communities, obviously in a profitable sense, and to be able to do it economically so we can bring low fares
but also to obviously encourage the trader and the travel between” (Source: Radio New Zealand
News 23 August 2007)
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