Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Government endorses Kalpoi to lead Vanuatu in 2015 World Expo

Mrs Linda Kalpoi, VTO General Manager.
The Board, Management, and staff of the Vanuatu Tourism Office would like to congratulate the VTO General Manager, Mrs Linda Kalpoi, to again be Vanuatu’s Commissioner General in the next World Expo 2015, in Milano Italy. Due to positive results and strengthened diplomatic, business, and industry ties between Vanuatu and South Korea, presented in the Yeosu Expo report under the leadership of Commissioner General Kalpoi, the Government on Tuesday 16th October, endorsed Kalpoi to be Commissioner General in the next World Expo, Milan Italy. Tuesday 16th October marked the Yeosu Expo report handing over ceremony which took place at the seafront stage witnessed by Government officials, the Korean ambassador and community, stakeholders, members of the private sector, local media and the general public at large. The occasion celebrated the completion of all work related to Yeosu expo and dawned on strengthened relationships between Korea and Vanuatu. A presentation on the report by the Commissioner General, confirmed new contracts with three, and increasing, major wholesalers in South Korea to promote Vanuatu as a destination for Korean tourists and potential business opportunities for investors. Additionally, Evergreen Tours have reported a 40% increase of bookings from Korea since July of this year compared to 2011. Some of the highlights are facilitating discussions between Air Vanuatu and the Asiana Airline for possible co-sharing on the Korea-Vanuatu route, filming by SBS Korea TV on the “Law of the Jungle” and “Queen of the Jungle” series in Vanuatu, and a newly appointed VTO Representative in South Korea. Vanuatu’s aim to open up to new emerging markets and opportunities in Korea have been fruitful resulting to a successful Vanuatu National Day on the 30th July which saw 200 Korean wholesalers and travel agents attend a Vanuatu seminar. Negotiations on travel packages between stakeholders and inbound operators are currently taking place which should see numbers increase in the near future.