US publication rates South Pacific among top spots

2014-02-01T11:00:00Z

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Readers of popular United States publication USA Today have placed the South Pacific as the seventh best place for a cruise holiday. <!--more--></span></span></span>

[caption id="attachment_4843" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Cruiseship.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-4843" alt="The South Pacific is the seventh best cruise destination according to USAToday readers." src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Cruiseship.jpg" width="138" height="104" /></a> The South Pacific is the seventh best cruise destination according to USAToday readers.[/caption]

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">French Polynesia, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands have come in for special mention, described as “gorgeous”. The article goes on to describe scuba diving and snorkeling in these locales to allow cruisers to a total immersion in a world of colourful fish and coral beneath the surface.  </span></span></span>

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">The South Pacific finds itself one of the winners in the Best Cruise Region category in 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award contest sponsored by USA Today. The contest launches one new category each week, revealing its 20 nominees. In week five, winners are revealed, from an award category launched four weeks prior. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day.   </span></span></span>

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">According to the USA Today website, nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.       </span></span></span>

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Commending the initiatives taken at national levels by Pacific Island Governments toward cruise tourism development, Ilisoni Vuidreketi, South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s (SPTO) Chief Executive said, “We can now confidently say that cruise shipping is a promising segment for tourism in the region.” </span></span></span>

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Thus SPTO assists Pacific Island government members in delivering focused initiatives to increase their passenger numbers, onshore activities, onshore passenger spend and improve the awareness among cruise stakeholders of this segment’s potential. </span></span></span>

<span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Winners in the ‘Best Cruise Region’ contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are the Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Alaska, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Caribbean, Western Mediterranean, South Pacific (placed seventh), Baltic, Bahamas and the Mexican Riviera.</span></span></span>

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