Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Team Vanuatu shine at Foire Internationale du Pacifique

Team Vanuatu pose for a group photo. 
Industry operators from White Grass Ocean Resort, Banyan Tree House, The Melanesian, and Poppys on the Lagoon were led by the Vanuatu Tourism Office’s New Caledonian and French market representative, Ms Martine Robin to participate in the second international trade fair at the La Baie de la Moselle from 4th to 8th October. Approximately 25,000 visitors that came to the trade fair were drawn to the Vanuatu booth because of a range of holiday offers proposed by all New Caledonian wholesalers that packaged vacations in Efate, Espiritu Santo, Tanna, Malekula, and Ambrym. Team Vanuatu beautifully set up & decorated the Vanuatu booth unfolding national flag colours as the backdrop, accessorised by shell necklaces, grass skirts and handicrafts. In the booth, large panoramic screens showed cultural dances and destination footages which drew in large crowds enticing consumers to pick up holiday brochures and ask questions on products and offers. Vanuatu was conveniently situated between Air Calin and Air Vanuatu, tieing in with Mirage Voyages & Axxess Travel who were also present at the exhibition to offer direct bookings to Vanuatu. Ms Robin stresses, "It’s very important for Vanuatu to be proactively engaged in this market to promote and capture travelers arriving in Noumea, especially newcomers on a 2 - 3 years contract from Europe & France.” 
Banners boast smiles and happy faces of Vanuatu.
Ms Robin continues to say, “This event is vital to showcase Vanuatu as a top and very close holiday destination to Noumea, that offers a variety of different product packages to suit everyone.”  Robin remarks, “The Vanuatu tourism industry has to be careful on the new increase of other competitor destination, like Fiji, which have recently proposed offers to the New Caledonian market.  So I encourage our tourism industry members to join VTO in the Wik Blong Vanuatu next month to showcase Vanuatu as a strong tourism destination."