VTOA media release: It was with regret that the Executive Committee accepted the resignation of their Vice-President, Helen Goad from Port Vila Parasailing. Helen is facing some health issues that necessitate her returning to Australia, and with the business now under contract, Helen & Bruce are preparing to reluctantly make the move back to the “Big Island”. Of her time with the VTOA, Helen says that she has seen the Association grow and change. She says that she has enjoyed being part of the Executive Team, and is looking forward to seeing the Association become a stronger voice in the Tourism Sector in Vanautu. On Helen’s recommendation, the Executive Committee has appointed Mr Albert Solomon of Lelepa Island Tours as the new Vice President. Albert has been a member of the VTOA for 12 years, and has seen many committees come and go. Of the current committee he says “ I am very excited to be part of such a great group of people who put the interests of all tour operators over their own business needs when it comes to the VTOA”. Albert is married to Laine, and they have five children – four girls and one boy. Albert is an integral part of his home community on Lelepa Island, being a Leading Church Elder, and an important part of business and employment on the Island. When asked what he wants to see from the VTOA, Albert said “I want to see more locals involved in the VTOA so that we can increase employment and income for the NiVanuatu people in the Tourism Industry. I also want us to work more closely with Government and other Associations to further improve the service that we can offer those who visit our beautiful islands.” Albert went on to say, on behalf of the Committee and the VTOA: “Thank you Helen for your commitment to the VTOA and the time and effort you have put in. Both the VTOA and the country will miss Aunty Helen and Uncle Bruce”. The VTOA can be contacted by sending an email to Charmaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Morgan on +678 5545872 or Albert on +678 7742714.