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Strong earthquake hit New Zealand: Some rail services suspended

Strong earthquake hit New Zealand: Some rail services suspended

USGS reported a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. GeoNet said it was a 6.3 earthquake that hit 40 kilometers off the New Zealand town of Kaikoura.

Scary! No fun for 3,500 passengers on this Carnival Cruise ship

Scary! No fun for 3,500 passengers on this Carnival Cruise ship

This Carnival Cruise to Australia wasn't fun but scary for 3,500 passengers. Authorities prevented this Carnival ship from docking in Sydney Harbour.

South Pacific presence notable at COTTM

South Pacific presence notable at COTTM

The South Pacific exhibition at the China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM) held recently in Beijing received notable visitors from the media and travel agents.

Stay connected as quality hotel brings technology offering online

Stay connected as quality hotel brings technology offering online

One of Melbourne’s historic CBD hotels has put the future firmly in its sites as it unveils the latest technology, including complimentary wifi, together with new accommodation packages to the ...

Hotel room glut threatens Perth

Hotel room glut threatens Perth

PERTH, Australia - Tourism bodies have warned there could be a hotel room glut in Perth if the State Government does not promote the city to fill 1850 new rooms in the pipeline.

Northern Marianas' tourist numbers up 5 percent

Northern Marianas' tourist numbers up 5 percent

CNMI - Tourist arrivals to the Northern Marianas rose five percent in March to 42,539 visitors, with 40,613 visitors during the same period last year.

French tourists fined $4000 each for animal cruelty

French tourists fined $4000 each for animal cruelty

PERTH, Australia - Two French tourists, who were casual workers on Rottnest Island, have been fined $4000 each after pleading guilty to trying to torch a quokka and filming it.

Strong earthquake rocks Fiji area

Strong earthquake rocks Fiji area

A strong earthquake rocked Fiji region today. The quake was measured at a magnitude 6.5, according to the US Geological Survey. Officials say there was no tsunami threat.

Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD)  new appointment

Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD) new appointment

Australia's Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD) executive officer Tara Bennett said Brearley would replace Chelsea Mee in a relief role. Her maternity leave will commence this Friday, April ...

Cruise New Zealand: Big ships are coming

Ovation of the Seas is headed for New Zealand Cruise New Zealand: Big ships are coming

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - For the last year, Cruise New Zealand had been saying “it’s not if, but when”, and now the big ships are coming.

Crocodile bites golfer at Australian tourist resort

Crocodile bites golfer at Australian tourist resort

BRISBANE, Australia — A golfer was attacked by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort.

Rise of NZ dollar concerns New Zealand tourism

Rise of NZ dollar concerns New Zealand tourism

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The kiwi nearing parity with the Australian dollar is causing concern for New Zealand tourism operators, but nobody's pressing the panic button yet.

Australian officials impound over 110 kilograms of ivory bound for Malaysia

Australian officials impound over 110 kilograms of ivory bound for Malaysia

PERTH, Australia - The Australian Customs service has said that its officers have impounded an illegal shipment of ivory that was shipped from Malawi, and was en-route to Malaysia.

Typhoon Maysak kills five in Micronesia

Typhoon Maysak kills five in Micronesia

At least five people were killed when a typhoon hit western Pacific Ocean island in Chuuk state, officials said.

New code-share partnership between Air Tahilti Nui and AirCalin

New Caledonia - Tahiti - Los Angeles New code-share partnership between Air Tahilti Nui and AirCalin

This morning, Tuesday, March 31, on a Nouméa - Auckland flight, began the code-share partnership between the two French companies in the Pacific.

Another major earthquake hit close to Tonga and Samoa

Another major earthquake hit close to Tonga and Samoa

After a 7.6 earthquake hit earlier in Samoa at 18.00 UTC, another 6.8 quake was measured 66 miles ENE of Hihfo, Tonga, 132 miles SW of Apia, Samoa, or 164 miles WSW of Tafuna, American Samoa.

Huge 7.7 earthquake off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Huge 7.7 earthquake off the coast of Papua New Guinea

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, approximately 54 kilometers southeast of Kokopo.

Solomon Airlines puts A320 back into service

Solomon Airlines puts A320 back into service

Solomon Airlines has advised its flagship Airbus A320, currently undergoing a scheduled annual service in Manila, Philippines, is now expected to return to full service on Monday, April 13.

Tasmania - China direct Airlink likely

Tasmania - China direct Airlink likely

The Southern Australian Island Province Tasmanian is optimistic about having a direct air link to China using Hobart's extended airport, after a trade mission meeting in the Chinese Fujian ...

Western Australia pilot whales rescue operation in progress

Western Australia pilot whales rescue operation in progress

A rescue attempt is underway to save a group of long-finned pilot whales that are washed up against a breakwater wall in Western Australia.

Dutch tourist missing in NZ Abel Tasman National Park

Dutch tourist missing in NZ Abel Tasman National Park

GOLDEN BAY, New Zealand - Fears are growing over the whereabouts of a Dutchman who failed to turn up to a planned dinner in Golden Bay last night.

Solomon Airlines receives second certification for safety

Solomon Airlines receives second certification for safety

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – Marking yet another major benchmark in its 53-year history Solomon Airlines has been awarded with its second IATA Operational Safety Audit Certification* (IOSA). ...

Andrew Hogg: Tourism Australia appointment

Andrew Hogg: Tourism Australia appointment

Tourism Australia has today announced the appointment of Andrew Hogg to the role of Regional General Manager Greater China, based in Shanghai.

Outrigger Resorts 2015 Global Showcase hits the road

Outrigger Resorts 2015 Global Showcase hits the road

The 2015 Outrigger Resorts Global Showcase will visit Brisbane on March 24, Melbourne on March 25, Sydney on March 26, and Auckland on March 30.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Australia hotels sold to Mantra Group

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Australia hotels sold to Mantra Group

Hawaii-based hotel company Outrigger sold all Outrigger Australia properties to the Australian-based Mantra Group.

International Convention Center Sydney to get community-funded solar energy rooftop

International Convention Center Sydney to get community-funded solar energy rooftop

SYDNEY, Australia - ICC Sydney will be home to the first community-funded solar energy project of its kind in the country, allowing members of the public to to buy shares in a social venture that ...

Cultural capital of Australia to get a cultural hotel company icon

Cultural capital of Australia to get a cultural hotel company icon

CHEVY CHASE, MD - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC and Fast Consortium (FEC), a leading Asian property developer, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne ...

Plain packaging is working: Evaluation of world-first tobacco laws released

Plain packaging is working: Evaluation of world-first tobacco laws released

MELBOURNE, Australia - The introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia is delivering on its promise to restrict the ability of the pack to create appeal, according to the ...

New Zealand tourism industry looking for more skilled workers

New Zealand tourism industry looking for more skilled workers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand businesses were looking for more skilled workers in February, with hospitality and tourism workers especially in demand.

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