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Wednesday 28 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Whale Watching Industry appears to be in a state of stagnation, particularly at the popular tourist destination of Vava'u, where experienced operators are blaming everything from ad hoc government policy on licensing to a poor domestic air service for the failure to reach expected growth.
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Tuesday 9 October 2007
Fua'amotu,Tonga
After 15 years of construction, the Royal Tonga International Hotel, better known as "Dr Wong's hotel" was finally opened for business this morning, October 9 by HM King George Tupou V.
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Thursday 13 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's domestic air service is currently operating solely by Airline Tonga, which is a Fiji Air-Teta Tours joint venture.
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Friday 13 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Miss Heilala 2007-08, is Miss Tonga USA, Tessie Leila Toluta'u, a student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Tuesday 10 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Photos by Linny Folau.
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Monday 2 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven beautiful young women, contestants for the Miss Heilala 2007 crown, were introduced today at an orientation programme at the Good Samaritan Beach Resort, Kolovai.
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Saturday 23 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal International Hotel, located at Fua'amotu near Tonga's international airport, is finally on its way to completion, and an official opening date has been set for the end of September, before the start of the Pacific Forum Meeting.
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Friday 22 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight girls have registered to join the Miss Heilala Beauty Pageant in July.
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Thursday 21 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Shirley 'Otumuli, 'Miss Ministry of Tourism', is the third contestant to register for the 2007 Miss Heilala Pageant in July.
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Thursday 21 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Many people in New Zealand don't know how beautiful Tonga is, say the organisers of a new tourism initiative that will showcase what Tonga has to offer tourists.
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Wednesday 16 May 2007
Roseau, Dominica
A new, five-day whale watch tour guide training workshop, sponsored by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) and CARIBwhale, the association of Caribbean whale watch operators, is being held in Dominica.
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Tuesday 8 May 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Airports Ltd. or TAL, a government-owned company is expected to take over the management of all Tongan airports, including the Fua'amotu International Airport, the Lupepau'u International Airport and four domestic airports on July 2.
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Tuesday 8 May 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The PEAU Vava'u Airways may resume its domestic service next week, according to the airline's CEO Fakatele Faletau.
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Thursday 5 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Heilala Festival this year will mark the birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka on July 12.
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Tuesday 27 March 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Peau Vava'u, one of Tonga's two domestic airlines, which due to fire damage to their corporate offices in November 2006 has been grounded, announced today that they will recommence commercial operation on Monday 14 May 2007.
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Friday 16 March 2007
Suva, Fiji
Visitors to the South Pacific continued to grow in 2006, despite a number of challenges the region faced.
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Monday 12 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government will not wait forever for the Peau Vava'u Airways to get its service back on air, according to Viliami Ma'ake, the Acting Secretary and Director of Tonga's Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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Friday 2 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Heilala Festival will still be held in the first week of July but the main event will be on July 12, the birthday of the Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka.
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Wednesday 27 December 2006
Tofoa, Tonga
As a long term member of Tonga's tourism industry, I believe that recent government changes and initiatives (those, made prior and following 16/11), show that tourism in Tonga has now been realised as an important part in the Kingdom's future and therefore looks more promising than ever!
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Thursday 7 December 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa tourism operators this afternoon agreed to form a Special Task Force to make plans on how the tourism industry can move forward following the destruction of the Nuku'alofa business centre on November 16.
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