Monday, December 16, 2013

Vanuatu to host Queen’s Baton 24 -28 December 2013

Carrying her Majesty's baton across Tanna on horseback, in 2010.
Exactly a week to go before the arrival of the Queen’s baton in Vanuatu. VASANOC Management Consultant Thibault Montagnon, quoted in Daily Post last week, “Because this falls on Christmas the activities will kick start on December 26 and 27 2013.” The Queen's baton will arrive next week on Tuesday to a welcome of custom dance and a display of Taekwondo at the international airport. 

Jasons Travel Media Purchased Out Of Receivership By Bennetts

Media Release 9 December 2013: Iconic travel media company Jasons Travel Media has been purchased by Jasons (2013) Limited, a member of the Bennetts Group, from receivers PPB Advisory, for an undisclosed sum.The family-owned Bennetts Group’s acquisition means that Jasons will continue to trade as a going concern, protecting the interests of tourism industry operators, customers and other stakeholders.  The deal includes 62 magazine publications, the Jasons websites, and more than 4,000 distribution points across New Zealand. 

Vanuatu poised for a surfing breakthrough

 Photo of Vanuatu surf team at the Melanesian Surf Cup in Cloudbreak, Fiji. (Supplied by Stu Johnson)
Posted on 9 Dec 2013: Vanuatu is on the verge of challenging the world's best surfing countries after an impressive win at the Melanesian Surf Cup on the weekend. Vanuatu dominated the different divisions at Cloudbreak in Fiji to win the Melanesian Cup ahead of New Caledonia and Fiji. The President of Fiji's Surfing Association, John Philp, says it shouldn't be long before Vanuatu is competing with the likes of Australia and Tahiti.

Malampa Tourism announces new members

Last week, call centre and the provincial tourism office announced Malampa’s new products that have recently become members after joining the call centre and being added to as well as VTO’s website. The VTO congratulates the Department of Tourism, Malampa Provincial tourism, and Malampa call centre for its new members, and especially extends an acknowledgement to TVET for funding the necessary training to upgrading tourism products standards and services including evaluation and accreditation of these products. Email Malampa call centre on Ph +678 48888. 

Carnival: Vanuatu is very important to us

Mihajlov says Vanuatu very important to Carnival Australia
By Len Garae, Daily post Friday 13th December: “Vanuatu is very important to us and we are optimistic of the efforts that have been made so far”. Carnival Australia Destination Manager, Michael Mihajlov, made the remarks on his return from Santo yesterday, before boarding his flight back to Sydney. It was a trip which he spoke highly of saying he met with the stakeholders and was happy with the outcome of the meetings. 

SPTO Roadshow ends well

A group of travel agents at the SPTO Roadshow event that was held at the Paddington Hilton Hotel. The photos shows Jeanette Baude from the VTO and also the winner if the grand door prize to Vanuatu.  Ambika works for Flight Centre in central London, she is second from the left lower row. A very generous prize was offered by Whitegrass Resort in Tanna, The Havannah and Holiday Inn with Air Vanuatu supplying airfares for two from Australia and onward to Tanna. Many thanks to all of our partners in tourism for making this door prize possible.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Maketi Ples 2014 EOI Call Out to all Artists

If you are not a creator
You may know an artist, an artisan or an organisation who would welcome this information.  Please feel free to forward this document and attached Expression of Interest form to anyone who you believe has the capacity to participate in this opportunity.
If you are a creator
You are invited to apply by completing the attached Expression of Interest which will be reviewed by a 4 person curatorial panel to exhibit in Maketi Ples 2014.  If your application is successful, you will be required to fund your participation to attend the promotional event for a minimum of one week.  

Schoolies in Vanuatu now credited as A Sure Thing

By Dany Girgis:  When some people think of “Schoolies” they may think of the images of the Gold Coast repetitively portrayed by mainstream media. Whilst this may mislead some, the vast majority are now becoming increasingly educated about the reality of the nature of high school leavers. Rather than focusing on the 0.1% of those who find a way to make it on the news in the Gold Coast, many people have come to understand today’s youth – and what they’re really after. 

Un concentrée de plaisir en une journée avec Native Tour

Article realiser par Olivier--Edmond Julien - Lycee  Laperouse - Noumea  Nouvelle-Caledonie, Stagiaire a l'Office du tourisme du Vanuatu – 2013: Ce fabuleux tour de l'île est opéré par 2 frères Ni Vanuatu ayant un sourire et une joie de vivre époustouflants. Le début de tour commence par étant pris à notre hôtel vers 8 h et le début du tour commence par la découverte de l'itinéraire. Après 45 minutes de routes a travers les paysages fabuleux du Vanuatu avec des informations sûres comment les gens jardinent et l'explication des différentes cultures nous arrivons à notre premier arrêt la Blue Lagoon pendant 1 heure histoire de se baigner et déguster des rafraîchissements compose par des fruits tropicaux. 

VTO Welkam Guide 2014 January to March Issue available online
Click on screen shot above to read magazine.

New website simplifies travel bookings for Vanuatu’s Ambrym Island - offers one-stop-shop for travel information

Looking into the eye of one of Ambrym's twin volcano.
Media release 11 December 2013: Visitors looking for an intrepid travel experience in Vanuatu can now easily book even more outer island adventures with the launch of , a new website offering up-to-date destination, tour and accommodation information about the island of Ambrym.  

The Havannah News for 2014

Source 6th December 2013, The Havannah newsletter: The Havannah will commence building 2 new deluxe villas which the resort's management anticipates to be ready by mid 2014. The new villas, built on two levels on a cliff side, will add a new and even more romantic dimension to the resort’s 15 existing beautifully appointed and located villas, set either in their own gardens, beside a lagoon or on the waterfront.

Pandanus Consulting Ltd to produce 2014 Port Vila and Efate Maps

Press release issued by Pandanus Consulting: We are pleased to announce that local marketing company Pandanus Consulting Ltd will be producing the 2014 Port Vila and Efate Maps. Full details on this map will be released by Pandanus to members within the next week. Work on this map has been underway for some time but business owners Jackie Potgieter and Nicky Barnes have focused on launching the recent tourism Voucher concept first.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ratua Foundation successfully completes 2013 projects - One Child One Bag

The VTO acknowledges and congratulates Ratua Private Island’s Foundation organization for releasing its 2013 report which shows that Ratua has had a great year filled with activities and projects, one of which grabbed the industry’s attention and touched Vanuatu Tourism’s heart - Ratua Foundation’s One Child One Bag project. Ratua Foundation’s One Child One Bag project is one of many of Ratua's village project which helps primary school children in remote communities throughout Vanuatu that are disadvantaged in schooling and health materials & facilities. The Foundation in its report thanked donors and benefactors  for their ongoing support towards Ratua's projects in the field of health and children's education.  Thank you Ratua Foundation for this wonderful initiative!  Click to view report.

Nambanga Restaurant Notice

By HTLTC Management: Thank you very much for your support this year. Our students learn greatly from the practical experience they gain through serving you at Nambanga.  Unfortunately it is time for our students to head out on their final work placement, and as such, Nambanga Restaurant will be closed from now until March 2014. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and hope to see you again soon.  Best Regards, Nambanga Restaurant. HTLTC Team.

Complimentary web changes this month
Vanuatu Tourism operators and hoteliers will be happy to know that from 1st to 31st December 2013, all changes to webpages in the Vanuatu Tourism website will not be charged as outlined in the VTO Website Policy and Charges 2013 – 2014. All operators are advised to review their webpage on  and email the website officer on should changes be required to be update webpage. Or you can call the office on phone +678 22515 and ask for Ms Alcina Charlie. Complimentary amendments ends on the 31st December 2013.

VTO Board, Management and Staff welcome new Chairman Philip Malas

Mr Philip Malas.
The Board, Management and staff of the Vanuatu Tourism Office bid farewell to the former chairman Mr Noel Faionalave last week and on Thursday 28th November, VTO Board formally welcomed its new Chairman during its end of year closing meeting. The VTO General Manager Mrs Linda Kalpoi, thanked the former chair for his commitment and service to the VTO in the past year, and warmly welcomed Mr Malas as the new leader in the role, appointed by the Honorable Prime Minister Moana Carcasses in October this year. The official handing over of Chairmanship from Mr Faionalave to Mr Malas was witnessed by VTO management and staff on Tuesday 26th November in the VTO conference room. The office is excited over this new appointment given Mr Malas’ wealth of knowledge, experience and largely Mr Malas’ passion for the tourism industry. The VTO  looks forward  to supporting and working very closely with Mr Malas in his term as VTO Chairman.

Midweek Interview with Anne Morris, Australian Representative, Vanuatu Tourism Office

Anne Morris, VTO rep Australia.
Posted online Travel Weekly 3 December, 2013:  The challenge for the industry is… Delivering your destination message across multiple platforms in the changing marketplace. Digital mediums are making such a big impact on influencing consumer decisions. You have to be everywhere! The things I like about my job are… The varied work in marketing a destination, the people I meet whilst in Vanuatu and the industry in Australia. I love showing agents and product managers the beauty and diversity of the islands of Vanuatu and leading famils. And the frustrations… Not enough time in the day to do everything you want to do.  Go here for full interview

Vanuatu strives to improve tourism infrastructure

Posted online Travel Weekly on 4 December, 2013 by Anne Majumdar:  Vanuatu is heavily focusing on improving its tourism infrastructure in a bid to attract more airlines, international hotel chains and ultimately visitors from around the world to the island nation. Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) general manager Linda Kalpoi told Travel Today that negotiations are underway with a number of countries keen to invest in a new international airport. Although some Australian interest has been registered, the most attractive offers have come from Korea, China and Singapore.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013 Contestants draw order of appearance

South Pacific beauties from all 10 countries, competing in the Miss South Pacific 2013.
Miss Vanuatu Valerie Martinez, far left.
Source Miss South Pacific2013 facebook:  The contestants of this year's 'Carpenters' Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013' have drawn their order of appearance for the rest of the Pageant Week from the 01-07 December 2013, especially for the night of the Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013 Crowning on Saturday 07 December at the Pacific Casino Hotel.  The Contestants have now also chosen their Interview Topics for the Pre-Pageant Interview that will take place later on in the week. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

China Represents Potential New Source Market for Tourism in Vanuatu

Plans to Increase Chinese Arrivals Highlight New Source Market for Vanuatu
The first official visit of Chinese tour operators landed in Vanuatu this week, with a delegation of ten influential figures from the Chinese travel industry visiting major tourist sites across the country. Coordinated by Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), the visit marks a combined effort to grow tourist arrivals to Vanuatu from the world’s fastest growing source market – with 100 million outbound Chinese tourists having already travelled globally this year. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

‘’Itinéraires’’ Le Dernier Rivage

MARDI 26 NOV SUR NC - A ne pas manquer, mardi 26 novembre sur France Télévisions Nouvelle Calédonie 1ère dans l’émission ‘’Itinéraires’’ : Le Dernier Rivage ‘’Le Dernier Rivage’’ est un documentaire de 52 minutes, qui sera diffusé le 26 Novembre 2013 dans l’émission calédonienne  ‘’Itinéraires’’. Rah est une ile minuscule située entre deux grands voisins, Mota Lava et Vanua Lava, dans les iles Banks au Vanuatu. L’accès y est peu facile, trajet en avion, plusieurs heures de marche en forêt humide puis, navigation incertaine en bord de récif.

Vanuatu Tourism launches ‘It Takes Two’ holiday competition

Media release 20 November 2013: Promotion will highlight Vanuatu as a couple’s destination. Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and Air Vanuatu today launched the It Takes Two promotion, giving Australian residents the chance to win the ultimate couples’ break to Port Vila and beyond by simply submitting a two word entry: one stating how they feel before their Vanuatu escape and the second how they will feel afterwards. 

Australian product managers get first-hand Vanuatu update

Group photo at Black Magic Village on Tanna island.
Press release 20th November 2013:  VTO hosted eight Australian product managers and two trade media in Vanuatu last week to provide them with updates and introduce new products for their consideration.  The six-day famil was hosted by the VTO and Australian representative Anne Morris and included: Claudia Ibanez-Formas, Flight  Centre, Robyn Brown, Creative Holidays, Lauren Grech, Pinpoint Group, Sarah Beeken, Vanuatu Escapes, Craig Robinson, Relaxaway Holidays, Dennis Basham, Virgin Australia Holidays, Andrew Collins,, Alaine Dunn, Fusion Holidays, Anne Majumdar, Travel Today and Kate Webster, Karryon. The famil begun with the whole group being hosted by Warwick Le Lagon and a scrumptious welcome dinner at Wild Ginger.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Triathlon Vanuatu runs final event this weekend!

Triathlon Vanuatu is organizing its last event for the year 2013. A duathlon will take place in Port Vila, on Sat 22nd November 2013 to close this year Championship series. The registration will be from 07.00am to 07.30am at the BRED Bank car park for the men and the women categories (entry fee VUV500 per person). The event will feature a 1,1Km swim (1 lap, black buoy - rock) and a 4,5Km run (5 laps, Anchor Inn - Chantilly's on the Bay). For further information please contact:  

Vanuatu fiction novel "Cargo Cult" soon to launch

Cargo Cult has just been released and is already gaining popularity on its website and facebook page. The author Nick Gorshenin,  has announced that there will be an official launch in Port Vila next month (December) on 14th at Stellaview.

Tournée d’inspection d’hébergement touristique

Par Mademoiselle Sabrina Prestat:  Ce Vendredi 15 Novembre 2013, s’est déroulée une tournée d’inspection auprès des quatre hôtels de Port-Vila.  En premier lieu nous avons inspecté l’hotel Tropicana Resort qui dévoile une vue magnifique sur le Deuxième Lagon.  Tout comme le chaleureux et accueillant Sunset Bangalows Resort, que nous avons visite peu après.  

Éductour d’agences de voyages chinoises a Port-Vila

Par mademoiselle Sabrina Prestat, lycéenne au Lycée Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio de Port-Vila, stagiaire a l’Office de Tourisme du Vanuatu: Ce Lundi 18 Novembre 2013 s’est déroulée une tournée d’inspection de sites, dans deux complexes hôteliers de Port-Vila.  En premier lieu nous avons inspecté l’Holiday Inn Resort, qui est un hébergement dédié aux séjour en famille ou entre amis ; le service y est incomparable et efficace. Puis nous avons poursuivi avec le Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, un complexe hôtelier magnifique avec de sublimes paysages grâce aux nombreux jardins et bassins tropicaux. 

Vanuatu Cultural Centre commemorates Ambrym volcanic eruption century later

Director Abong Marcellin welcomes delegates. 
By Alcina Charlie, e-Marketing officer: On Friday 15th November 2013, I was invited to attend the opening of an exhibition to commemorate 100 years after the explosive eruptions of Mt Marum and Benbow on the island of Ambrym, which caused thousands to flee their home seeking safer refuge in neighboring Malekula and Epi islands,  as well as Efate where Melemaat village currently resides.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An opportunity to promote your festival for 2014!

Dear Festival colleague,
Each year to celebrate the New Year, KadmusArts features some of the year's best festival photographs from around the world.
Our "Festival Year in Review" is posted on video channels, social networks, and on The holiday greeting is also sent to festival, press and industry colleagues in 155 countries. Over 3 million users will see the "Festival Year in Review" video.
The "Festival Year in Review" also features great music. Check-out last year's amazing images and music by Zeb and Haniya.
If you have great photos from a festival, please submit up to 3 photos to be considered in our selection process. So, choose your best! The deadline is November 21, 2013, 4:00pm EST.  

The first urban village Tour for Luganville

Urban life meets Village Life- Mango Village Tour Santo.
The sustainable Health, Education and Cultural Centre in Mango Village, a joint project through Mt Beauty Rotary Club from Victoria, Australia and Santo Rotary Club was handed over to the Mango Community on the 15th June, 2013. The objective of the project was to provide the materials and expert assistance to build a public toilet facility for the community. The available land is located within the vicinity of the village church and due to the need to meet ‘Cultural values’ it was also necessary to build a site screen wall, screening the toilet block from the church and community. 

Le Vanuatu présent au Festival de la Bande Dessinée (BD Folies) de Boulouparis

Par Monsieur Alain Funnel: Le samedi 26 et le dimanche 27 octobre 2013, s'est déroulé le Festival de la Bande Dessinée à Boulouparis (BD Folies) en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Le Vanuatu y était représenté par la présence de la styliste jacqueline FUNEL-MOLKU qui a présenté pour la première fois, dans cette manifestation, sa collection de robes style Vanuatais. Devant un public enchanté de découvrir un nouveau style de couture, le monde est venu à la rencontre de la nouvelle styliste afin de lui parler, de lui demander des informations sur sa façon de travailler.

PVWFL acknowledges tourism industry for sponsoring raffle prizes

By PVWFL Executive 2013: The Port Vila Women Football League, an association of women with a passion for soccer and an aim to develop this sports discipline amongst young girls and women in Port Vila, sent a letter requesting assistance with prizes for their first raffle fundraiser last month, and received support from VHRA and VTOA members who have  offered  prizes to support PVWFL’s raffle fundraiser. PVWFL would like to thank the following  industry members for their support towards the raffle fundraiser; Chantilly’s on the Bay, The Havannah, Vanuatu Limos, Eratap Beach Resort, Evergreen Tours, Grand Hotel, Aromesence, Kayaking Vanuatu, and South Pacific Travel. Thanks also to the following sponsors South Pacific Meat Supplies, Ridgeway Blake, Libation, Vila Distribution and TVL.

Christmas Australian Geographic store promotion

Vanuatu Tourism Office has partnered with Air Vanuatu and Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu to be the major Christmas promotion in Australian Geographic stores throughout Australia this year.  Customers can enter online or in one of the stores to win a week in Vanuatu.  The competition is promoted online, in-store posters and signage and through electronic newsletters. Also 2 million Christmas catalogues were distributed promoting Vanuatu and the competition to Australia households. This promotion is running until 24 December and expected to obtain over 25,000 entries. Go to

VTO attends Road Show and WTM

This November the SPTO organised a South Pacific Roadshow to be held just prior to the World Travel Mart in London.  This year only National Tourism Offices were invited to attend. The Vanuatu Tourist Office together with Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and the Cook Islands participated.  The events were held in Glasgow, Manchester and London where all South Pacific selling Tour Operators and Travel agents were invited.  

VTO participates at CITM China

China International Travel Mart (CITM) is the largest professional travel mart in Asia. It has drawn the attention of people in the tourism industry worldwide. As an annual event, it is held in Shanghai and Kunming alternately. CITM 2013, jointly organized by China National Tourism Administration, Yunnan Provincial People’s Government and Civil Aviation Administration of China, was held in Kunming International Convention & Exhibition Center from October 24 to October 27 and Mr Allan Kalfabun, VTO Marketing Manager attended CITM for Vanuatu Tourism, pictured left at the Vanuatu booth.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Miss Vanuatu – Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant Contest

Press release: The Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 went well and we were very proud of our Miss Vanuatu.  She took her place in this World Event very confident and proud.  There were a total of 43 contestants from around the world and of course you can image to level of competition and at the end Miss India was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific World 2013. 

And the Winner is….Florence Tari from Chantilly’s the 2013 Barista Champion

Barista 2013 Champion, Ms Florence Tari.
Press release Monday October 28 2013: It was exciting having the 5th edition of Barista championship 2013 in Port Vila during the Salon Culinaire last week.  Every year the best coffee makers of Vanuatu from all the resorts, restaurants and cafés compete to demonstrate their coffee techniques and creativity.   Thirty confirmed baristas registered for the 2013 Vanuatu International Barista Championship.  This year, the competition was particularly difficult as it followed the World Barista Championship (WBC) rules and each competitor had to pour four espresso coffees , four  cappuccino coffees and four signature coffees in fifteen minutes.  Two international judges, Rob Forsyth from Australia and Alla Heat from New Zealand flew in to supervise the event.  These two head judges assisted more than 50 local volunteer sensory and technical judges to taste and evaluate coffees served. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

VTO hosts top media professionals from China in Vanuatu famil

The Vanuatu Tourism Office facilitated itineraries of a dozen top travel writers and media personnels from China who were in Vanuatu from 26th to 29th October, and left with smiles and well wishes to return again, and plenty of stories to share about Vanuatu in China.  

South Pacific strengthens position in Asia

For immediate release: Consistent with the outcome of the 2013 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting for recognizing the importance of Asian economic growth and development and to embrace the opportunities available to Forum Island Countries, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), for the first time is leading the region’s participation at ITBA Asia in Singapore. Held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre form the 23  - 25 October 2013, ITB Asia is seeing international exhibitors of all sectors of the travel-value chain, Asia Pacific's leading travel companies and emerging small and medium-sized enterprises meet and discuss business opportunities with top international buyers from the MICE, Leisure and Corporate Travel markets. 

UK invited to rediscover the south Pacific

For immediate release: The cold Northern Hemisphere autumn is expected to be overtaken by a warm tropical treat when a troupe of six (6) South Pacific Island destinations advance on a 3-days United Kingdom roadshow from the 29 – 31 October, 2013. Led by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, representatives of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu and with support from the European Union, this medley of exotic Pacific islands will carry out destination training for travel agents in Glasgow, Chester and London. 

Dates for Kiwanis Race Week 2014

Media release: The Kiwanis Club of Port Vila recently announced that the Kiwanis Charity Race Week will shift to August in 2014.  Kiwanis President, Mark Stafford, says that, “this shift is due to a number of factors.  We have studied the weather patterns over a number of years and we know that August is a better weather month than our traditional July period.  We have also received a lot of good feedback from the horse fraternity; the airlines; and tourism industry all of whom are pleased with the change to August.” 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Skål Port Vila Hosts Inter-Club Gathering 26th and 27th October 2013

The Skål Club of Port Vila, Vanuatu hosted an Inter-Club Event on the week-end of 26th and 27th October’13 to foster friendships between other nearby Skål Clubs. Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders from around the world promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.

Cameron Morrison Tamanu Executive Chef & Salon Culinaire 2013 Judge

By Tamanu Management: In 2011, Cameron Morrison worked in Fiji with 35 chefs in his brigade at which time he entered a team of his best chefs into the Salon Culinaire, Fiji. Cameron was also invited to judge in this event so when he was asked to assist as a judge in this year’s Salon Culinaire, Vanuatu, he jumped at the opportunity. 

Air Vanuatu introduces Island Hopper flights

Media release: Aussies flying to Vanuatu can book flights to Santo or Tanna for under $100 . Air Vanuatu is offering Australians travelling to Vanuatu the chance to add an outer island to their journey for less than AUD100 (including taxes) when they book return flights from Australia to Port Vila. 

Island Kakae dish takes top marks of the competition

Left photo: Lina Singo’s Island Kakae dish of Pan Fried Poulet that won her a Gold Medal with Distinction – 100 out of a possible 100 points.

For release 30th October 2013: The week long Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show showcased exceptional Vanuatu cuisine. A standout would have to be the only dish to be awarded Gold medal with Distinction – a full 100/100 possible points that was awarded to Lina Singo of the Holiday Inn Resort for her superior island kakae dish of pan fried poulet. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vanuatu National Culinary Chefs Team for 2014 announced at Awards

For immediate release 27th October 2013: After a week of strong competition amongst the best Ni-Vanuatu competitors of the Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show, the 2014 National Culinary Team was announced at the grand finale, the Gala Awards Dinner.

All competitors, both Senior Chefs and Junior Chefs, who wanted to make it into the National Culinary Team had to compete in compulsory cooking competitions. They had to make a dessert, cook a Vanuatu beef dish and follow a secret recipe in the Mystery Box challenge. The competition for the Senior and Junior Chef of the Year 2013 is tough with highly skilled Chefs competing against each other for top points and the chance to represent Vanuatu at international cooking competitions. 

Iririki Island Resort takes out top team events

For immediate release 28th October 2013: The premier team events of the Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show are always hotly contested by the Resorts, Hotels and Restaurants. Iririki Island Resort entered both the Origin Restaurant Challenge and the Cocktail Canape Event, the only team events of the competition that includes Chefs and Wait Service staff, and they won both events. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vila flyboard is here

Vila Flyboard recently informed the VTO that they have started their operation since early July this year. Vila  Flyboard is another latest VTOA member that has just registered with the association. Located in the second lagoon after Star Fish cove area, the lagoon becomes a playground for those who want to “fly like a bird, swim like a dolphin”. VTO congratulates the owner Aurelie Leboux, and looks forward to working together and promoting the destination abroad.  For more information, contact the Vila Flyboard Vanuatu on phone +678 5931987/7712646 email

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Art of Cake

Click here for  full Origin Salon Culinaire program

For immediate release:  Many people bake cakes and many succeed, and then there are those who are passionate about cakes! For them cakes are like an artist’s canvas, it is their creative outlet where they transform a cake into a masterpiece. Each year the Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show has beautifully decorated occasional cakes on display. The cakes are part of the competition; they are judged and awarded points with the winner announced on the day of the competition. This year the Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association are thrilled that Parts Plus have sponsored The Art of Cake class and we encourage the public to come and view the cakes on display at Chantillys conference room from 10.00am on Thursday 24th October. 

Nothing beats a day with Atmosphere Tour

By Charlie Sikal, media student attachee: Warriors disperse in their hiding location and as the breeze gently brushes your face, you quickly pick up a whiff of smoke in the bush from the fires that are lit in the gardens. At a distance we start to see warriors stand their guard with bows and arrows as they come towards us. It’s a scary feeling, and reminds me of the ancient days stories that our village elders used to tell us when I was growing up, stories of their ancestory tribal wars and the likes, they looked fearsome. The guests and I remained standing at the village entrance, observing what was to happen next when suddenly a conch shell was blown nearby and the village chief welcomed us to his nasara or village.

Vanuatu Student of the year 2013 announced!

Port Vila, Vanuatu, 21st October 2013 : The opening day of the Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show has announced the first winners! Trainee Chefs from both APTC and INTV went head to head in a full day of competition that produced some beautiful dishes and by the end of the day winners were found for each training school. 

Monday, October 21, 2013 supports Miss Vanuatu in Korea

Valerie Martinez, the reigning Miss Vanuatu, is now in Korea representing our country in the Miss Asia Pacific World. Ltd is very proud to be able to sponsor and support Valerie and Vanuatu in this contest. John Dow of handed over our sponsorship money of over 400,000vt to Valerie on the day before her and chaperone, Beverly Stafford, departed for Seoul. John Dow said that, “ wishes Valerie success in this competition and the upcoming Miss South Pacific. The company is betting that they are on a winner with Valerie.” He went on to say that are committed to adding it’s support to the Miss Vanuatu pageant in 2014 and is looking forward to it’s participation as a major sponsor of the event. Right photo: Photo above John Dow of and Valerie Martinez, Miss Vanuatu

Lookout Nemo here we come!

By Michaella Rory, VTO Information Officer: We needed to get out and see what all this excitement was all about, Nemo Underwater Scooter, so the three of us, Sebastien Bador (Events and Trade Manager), Maina Lukai (Trade and Events officer) and I, strolled down to the Nambawan café to the Big Blue dive office to get ready and embark on Vila’s first underwater scooter experience. I couldn’t wait to try it out.