Archive for January 5th, 2018

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Single-use non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, will be banned in Vanuatu from January 31, as the Government tries to control a growing plastic waste problem. Other countries around the world had made similar moves, but Vanuatu’s Government said it was going further than even its Pacific neighbours and aimed eventually to become […]

Sydney to expect over 40 degree heat this weekend

Sydney to expect over 40 degree heat this weekend

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is urging Sydneysiders to “check up on their elderly neighbours” on Sunday, with the mercury expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city. Several areas in Sydney’s west are predicted to swelter through the weekend, with highs of 45C in Penrith, 44C in Richmond and 43C […]

How one island nation is taming tourists

How one island nation is taming tourists

IN a world-first initiative, tourists hoping to visit the paradise archipelago of Palau will only be permitted to enter the country if they agree to one condition first. PALAU, an archipelago made up of some 200 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, has introduced a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering the country. […]

Over $530m in tourism earnings for September quarter

Over $530m in tourism earnings for September quarter

Tourism earnings stood at over five hundred and thirty million dollars for the September quarter of 2017, an increase of over 27 percent. According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics the earnings was 29.5 percent higher than the amount recorded for the June quarter. Australia was the highest contributor as earnings went up by 28.3 […]