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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new ferry, MV Vaomapa, is now servicing the towns of Nomuka, Tungua, Ha’afeva, Pangai in the Ha’apai Islands group and also connecting Nuku'alofa to the island of ‘Eua. It can carry 140 tonnes of cargo and up to 250 passengers.
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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's tourism industry wants to make Tonga a highly desirable tourism destination, but has difficulty in attracting investment of the quality and scale that will help it grow, said the Minister of Tourism Hon Semisi Sika in opening Tourism Industry Day, yesterday.
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Monday 23 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fiji Airways continues its twice weekly direct flights from Nadi to Vava’u this year.
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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Sea Princess was the first cruise ship to visit Tonga out of a total of 21 cruise ships expected this year.
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Tuesday 3 January 2017

Madrid, Spain
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 29 December as it pushes for a more inclusive industry. As more tourists look to enjoy a unique experience in a healthy and pristine natural environment, sustainable tourism will need to be developed to deliver and operate responsibly to survive.
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Friday 23 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 64 holiday makers, who were left stranded at Tonga's domestic airport on Wednesday after Tonga Airways flights didn't happen, have managed to find seats with Tonga's domestic air operator Real Tonga - with the last dozen moving on today.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 2000 Chinese tourists visited Nuku’alofa on Friday, December 16, on an Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica, which began its journey from China. They are the largest group of Chinese tourists to arrive since visa waivers were introduced this year.
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Tuesday 13 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The largest of four cruise ships visiting the capital this week, the Radiance of the Seas today brought 2250 passengers to visit Nuku’alofa, with some choosing to visit and experience Tongan culture at Ancient Tonga Cultural Tours in Fangaloto, while others brought Christmas buzz to the Central Business District.
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Thursday 8 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas is coming to Nuku'alofa next week when four cruise ships will visit the capital, bringing thousands of visitors from December 12-16.
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Thursday 1 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua - as an occasional ukulele player - appears on the cover of the new issue of the "Discover Tonga - Tongatapu & Nuku'alofa Maps" published in Nuku'alofa today.
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Monday 21 November 2016

Vaini, Tongatapu, Tonga
An Eco-tourism project, Vai ko Felefonu (Felefonu Pool) in Vaini was officially launched by the Acting Prime Minister, Lord Ma’afu and his son Hon. Tevita 'Unga last Friday, 18 November, after the area received a $70,000 make-over. The project has provided a landscaped space that can be used for the selling of handicrafts by women and youth interested in tourism activities.
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Monday 31 October 2016

Dongguan, China
Live Tongan dance performances at Tonga’s exhibition were a hit with visitors to the 2016 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo in Dongguan, China.
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Friday 28 October 2016

Guangdong, China
A Tongan cultural group was among performers from three countries opening the show at the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo on 27 October, a four-day event that has attracted over 40 countries with more than 2000 booths and over 100,000 people at Dongguan City, People's Republic of China.
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Monday 24 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first tourism promotion artistic group will represent and promote the country at the 2016 Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Expo to be held from October 27-30.
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Wednesday 19 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A black-out at the Fua’amotu International Airport runway at 6.33pm yesterday evening disrupted international air services between Tonga, New Zealand and Australia. Two commercial scheduled flights were unable to land, and another private medical evacuation flight was delayed until this morning.
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Monday 12 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The MV Maggie Cat's new inter-island ferry which can carry 260 passengers to Vava’u and Ha’apai has made three trips so far since it began on 31 August, but none has been full due to low demand.
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Thursday 1 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese MA60 aircraft that was scheduled to resume its domestic air service earlier this month, remains grounded indefinitely, Tevita Palu the CEO for the Real Tonga domestic airline told Matangi Tonga yesterday, 31 August.
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Tuesday 30 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fast ferry service between Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava'u on a 29m catamaran, MV Maggie Cat, was launched with a commissioning ceremony held at the Queen Salote Wharf this afternoon, 30 August 2016.
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Wednesday 10 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s recent certification of the MA60 aircraft for its domestic air service did not involve the Pacific Aviation Safety Office or New Zealand Authorities, according to New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Hon. Murray McCully today.
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Tuesday 9 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's grounded MA60 aircraft is expected to resume its domestic air service this week, operated by Real Tonga, Tevita Palu, the airline’s CEO told Matangi Tonga yesterday, 8 August. However, it is still not clear whether or not the aircraft has been certified by an internationally recognized certification authority.
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