Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vanuatu by the Thames in London during the Olympic Games

Vanuatu athletes pose for group photo in London.
From the 26th of July until the 13 August the tourist boards of Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea transformed a large pontoon moored at St Katharine Docks into a tropical South Pacific island.  Against the backdrop of the Olympic rings on the London Tower Bridge, palm trees swayed in the breeze, a traditional thatched meeting house was erected and the docks echoed with warrior war cries and South Pacific serenades.
Throughout the games visitors to Saint Katharine Dock, a popular tourist site, lined with restaurants, were able to get a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the South Pacific. Two special events were held on the pontoon during the games.  One was for press and media and the other for the travel industry.  The Vanuatu athletes visited for both of these occasions and were a hit with the crowd.  Our athletes were interviewed by a number of radio and television stations and travel trade magazines.
Brochures were distributed and special holiday prizes were offered during the duration of this event.  The Vanuatu Tourism Representative in Europe, Jeanette Baude helped to co-ordinate this event.