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SONAISALI WINS GREEN CERTIFICATE - FIJI
Sonaisali Island Resort in its bid to protecting the local environment and conserving biodiversity has gained a Green Globe 21 Benchmarked certificate in the accommodation section. Green Globe 21, operational since 1994, is a worldwide benchmarking and certification program that facilitates sustainable travels, business and communities. For more details contact: Aaron McGrath
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, August 2004)
TREASURE AND BOUNTY USE GREEN GLOBE - FIJI
Treasure Island Resort and Bounty Island have registered for bench marking certification with Green Globe, the world-wide sustainable tourism programme. EcoSustainability, a company that implements Green Globe requirements, will introduce training to set up ongoing environmental awareness, identifying risks and keeping track of environmental and sustainable measures. For more information, please contact Treasure Island Resort .
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, April 2003)
BOUMA NATIONAL PARK WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD - FIJI
The Bouma National Heritage Park project on Taveuni Island won first place in the Protected Areas and Natural Parks category of the prestigious British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. It is now in the running for the overall prize, the winner of which will be announced on November 27.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, November 2002)
Jimmy Rogers, known as the Iguana Man on Treasure Island Resort, is looking forward to playing dad. No, it's not his wife Betty who is the centre of loving attention. It's five iguanas eggs which hatched on Wednesday October 2. It is the first birth in captivity on Treasure Island. Three of the iguanas survived and, as the picture shows, are thriving under Jimmy's special care. They are hand- fed ripe fruits three times a day. Guests Frances Wilmhurst of Lower Hutt, New Zealand who has visited Treasure Island 30 times and Mrs Suzanne Jones of Sydney, Australia, who has notched up more than 20 visits to Treasure, were lucky enough to be near the cage as the iguanas broke their shells and made their much- anticipated appearance. Jimmy raced to the cage when he heard the news and is now fussing over the new arrivals. His job entails looking the island's iguanas, turtles and a few birds, the feathery variety, that is. Jimmy's iguana expertise was gained at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. The intense two- day attachment at the zoo enabled Jimmy to learn more from its reptile experts. Earlier this year Jimmy and Betty spent a week with Howard and Elizabeth McGrouther of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve in Dunedin, New Zealand to enhance their knowledge on how to care for endangered species. Mr and Mrs McGrouther were on week long visit to Treasure Island in October to hold further discussions with the management, and in particular, with Jimmy. Readers are invited to suggest names for the three new iguanas which are causing such a stir. If you have a suggestion, please email Jimmy Rogers at Treasure Island Resort
(Source: 'Time to Treasure' (Treasure Island Resort Newsletter), November 2002)
TEAM SEAGATE.COM NZ - WINS ECO-CHALLENGE FIJI
Team Seagate.com NZ of New Zealand won the ninth Eco-Challenge finishing the gruelling 500 kilometre ahead of Teams GoLite from the United States and Air Pacific of Australia. 23 teams finished Eco-Challenge Fiji while 58 dropped out due to illness, fatigue or time disqualification. Eco-Challenge produced by Mark Burnett will be aired on five one-hour episodes on major global television networks.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, October 2002)
ECO CHALLENGE RACE UNDERWAY
Eco Challenge 2002, the ultimate expedition race involving 81 teams from 22 countries including Fiji, was officially launched by the Minister for Tourism the Honourable Pita Nacuva on October 10. Eco Challenge is a television programme, produced by Mark Burnett to be aired on MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, USA Network, Columbia Tri Star International Television networks that is expected to have a viewership in excess of 100 million. The event is expected to be completed on October 21.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, October 2002)
TOP EXECS VISIT FIJI TO SET ECO CHALLENGE FOR OCTOBER
Eco Challenge Fiji 2002 is one step closer to an October start-up with a recent visit of the show's top executives. It is expected that up to 15 teams of four each will race over a 500-kilometre course. It will be filmed by camera crews and covered by hundreds of journalists that are expected in Fiji for the event. Ultimately Eco Challenge will be aired in two three-hour television segments to be shown worldwide to more than 100 million viewers.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, June 2002)
INTERNATIONAL BID TO PRESERVE FIJI'S REEFS
Coral Cay Conservation, an internationally known British non-profit organisation, returns to Fiji's Mamanuca Islands in March to continue a survey of the region's endangered coral reefs, which began in May 2001. The survey crew will be based on Fiji’s Qalito Island, home of Castaway Island Resort, as guests in the resort. A satellite centre will be established on Bounty Island in Nadi Bay, part of the Treasure Island Resort group. The project will last for 12 months. The project's objective is to monitor and assess the marine eco-system of the Mamanuca Islands and, in conjunction with resort operators and traditional Fijian landowners, work to preserve the fragile marine ecosystem. The Mamanuca Islands, situated off the western coast of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu, are surrounded by a complex and diverse range of coral reefs.
(Source: Castaway Island Fiji via SPTO, March 2002)
FIJI TO RECEIVE MAXIMUM EXPOSURE FROM ECO-CHALLENGE 2002
Fiji is expected to gain maximum publicity and exposure when it hosts Eco-Challenge 2002 this October. Eco-Challenge is the world’s premier Expedition Race that attracts the best expedition athletes from around the world. The event will feature 75, four person, international teams, who are expected to explore and race through 500 kilometres of Fiji's terrain. The teams are expected to bushwhack through dense jungles, mountain bike on rugged trails and paddle down jungle rivers. The event will feature on USA Network and will also air on AXN, Columbia Tri-Star International Television's home of premiere action and adventure programming. AXN is presently seen in over 40 countries and reaches over 60 million households across Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, February 2002)
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT WEEK - SAMOA
Samoa is planning a National Environment Week starting 1st November 2001. The opening ceremony is at Palauli on the island of Savai'i. There will be displays at the Tooa Salamasina Hall.
NATIONAL PARK PROMOTES AMERICAN SAMOA VILLAGE HOMESTAY PROGRAM - AMERICAN SAMOA
The National Park of American Samoa is supporting eco-tourism in the territory by implementing a "homestay" program that introduces visitors to traditional Samoa. The National Park consists of land and marine areas on the islands of Tutuila, Ofu, and Ta'u. It leases lands from seven villages and works to coordinate its projects with each of the park-affiliated villages. The 'homestay' program matches visitors with host families in villages, providing an opportunity to help village economies, provide services for park visitors, and allow visitors a chance to experience the Samoan way first hand. Seventeen families in seven villages will host visitors in exchange for a daily room and board fee. Among other activities, visitors can weave a basket, fan, or mat or learn to catch fish or octopus, work on a subsistence farm or prepare an umu (underground oven).
(Source: Pacific Islands Report, via SPTO, August 2001)
SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM CONFERENCE ADDRESSES WHALE WATCHING AND ECO-TOURISM - VANUATU
"Whale Watching, the South Pacific Whale Sanctuary and Eco-tourism" is one of the topics to be addressed at the South Pacific Tourism Conference scheduled from 2nd to 4th September in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Addressing the topic will be Mr. Filip Tonga, the Director of Whales Alive, Whale Education Centre, Vava'u, Tonga and Mr. Pio Manoa on behalf of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Mr Tonga, as a graduate of the Whales Alive guide training program, assisted the South Pacific Humpback Whale Research Project and has worked with the organisation for 5 years as a public presenter and trainer. He is the partner of a licensed whale watch operation in Vava'u and has worked extensively in Tonga and the South Pacific region in the maritime and marine tourism industries. Greenpeace Australia Pacific Oceans Campaigner Pio Emosi Manoa is an indigenous Fijian from island of Vanua Levu. Mr. Manoa's focus in his work with Greenpeace is to promote the benefits of a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary and to raise awareness of the socio-economic benefits whale watching can bring to the Environmental Science and Law and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court of Fiji.
(Source: SPTO, June 2001)
PACIFIC HARBOUR CULTURAL CENTRE RE-OPENS - FIJI ISLANDS
The Pacific Harbour Cultural Centre has re-opened offering island village tours, Fijian firewalking, and a Fijian cultural revue, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, June 2001)
EMINENT BRITISH BOTANIST VISITS FIJI
Leading British botanist, Sir David Bellamy visits Fiji this month (May) to launch a Coral Cay Conservation project to survey the coral reefs around the resorts and villages of the Mamanuca Islands. Bellamy is part of the UK-based Coral Cay Conservation Limited. He is widely known in Britain and around the world as an environmentalist and botanist, writer and broadcaster. He was the Chief Guest at the AGM of the Fiji Ecotourism Association on 17th May at the Tanoa International in Nadi - the theme of his presentation was on the Interpretation of Fiji's Natural Heritage.
(Source: Bula Fiji News, May 2001)
SPINNER DOLPHINS DELIGHT LOMALAGI GUESTS - FIJI ISLANDS
Lomalagi Resortis the only property on Natewa Bay, at the north-eastern corner of Vanua Levu (Fiji's second largest island). The bay is over 600 square miles and almost 4,000 feet deep in the center. It is 40 miles to open ocean so the bay has its own ecosystem and some of the most fabulous soft coral in the world (great for snorkelling). With a Fijian villager as a guide, guests of Lomalagi may take a boat ride up the east side of Natewa Bay and more often than not will witness 40-50-60 spinner dolphins who chase and lead the boat! The dolphin experience is one of many wonderful opportunities to see "The Real Fiji" at Lomalagi Resort on Natewa Bay.
(Source: Lomalagi Resort, April 2001)
KADAVU MOVES TO PROTECT ITS BIRD LIFE
Kadavu Island, noted for some of the world's finest diving locations, is promoting and protecting another tourism attraction - its rare species of Kadavu fantail, Kadavu honeyeater, Whistling dove, and the Kadavu red-breasted musk parrot. The birds are becoming rare because of illegal sales and the destruction of their habitat. Special posters describing the birds and their importance to the island have been created by Fiji's National Trust as part of a campaign to protect these important species. Where to stay in Kadavu
(Source: Fiji Visitors Bureau, 10 April 2001)