VTO staff assemble for a photo shoot before clean up.
On Saturday 15th September, the Vanuatu Tourism Office led by the General Manager Linda Kalpoi, also a guest speaker of the event, assembled at the Port Vila seafront to part take in the Clean Up the World campaign organized by the Australian High Commission. This year, VTO partnered up and supported the Australian High Commission and the Port Vila Municipality team in coordinating the event as well as sponsoring 500 reusable bags for event participants. The weather on Saturday catered for a fantastic clean up, attended by private sector businesses, bank houses, foreign embassies, primary and intermediate schools including the hospitality and tourism institution, outskirt communities, Wan Smol Bag, Alliance Francaise, and the Vanuatu Mobile Police Force. Big Blue also showed their support and dived along seafront to clean up the ocean floor, joined by VTO’s Events Manager Sebastien Bador. Digicel sponsored bikes for draw prizes, and Recycle Corp was present to collect bottles and cans to be recycled. A good crowd of over 300 people were kept entertained with hip hop and rock step performances throughout lunch hour by the Wan Smol Bag Youth group, courtesy of Alliance Francaise, followed by official speeches, draw prizes, and the closing. Clean-Up Luganville in Espiritu Santo will also be taking place on Saturday this weekend, alongside Lukaotem Gud Santo Festival. The VTO has sent 100 reusable bags for the clean up event in Santo. The VTO would like to acknowledge the Australian High Commission for this valuable initiative in involving Vanuatu in the Clean Up the World campaign and looks forward to continuously supporting and assisting in future events. Read newspaper clippings on Clean Up the World, click here.
VTO Events and Trade Manager joins Big Blue to clean up ocean floor.