Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunset Bungalows welcomes new Management

Sunset Bungalows are excited to introduce their new Management Team; Audrey and Greg Procter. With Audrey’s administrative and accounting qualities, coupled with a strong background specialising in hospitality along with Greg’s Management skills ranging across a number of Industries, attention to detail and refurbishment ability and experience, the operational standards and presentation of Sunset Bungalows Resort will be second to none. Audrey and Greg are seasoned travellers having visited over 30 countries. Some of the many adventures that they have experienced include:- Getting lost at sea, tracking Black Rhinos in Namibia, cruising English canals by boat, crossing the Yukon River in –48c, experiencing the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle, being stranded in a whiteout atop Atigun Pass, and exploring the Australian outback. Audrey and Greg have been regular visitors to Vanuatu since 2004.During that time they have developed a love for the country and its people. Early in 2012 they made the decision to move to Vanuatu and settle. Having previously managed a small boutique Resort in Port Vila successfully whilst the owners were on a sabbatical, they have again been drawn back to Resort Management with the opportunity at Sunset Bungalows Resort. They now would like to welcome you and fellow guests to their new home at Sunset Bungalows Resort in Port Vila Vanuatu and share with them their next adventure. Contact the resort on Tel: +678 29968. Email: 

All new The Summit Plantation and Garden Combo Tour

The Summit Garden has a new product called Summit Plantation and Garden Combo Tour. The tour operates every day from 9am to 4pm and includes transfers to and from The Summit, tour of the Plantation and gardens on a landrover, light refreshment at the Summit CafĂ©, a stop at the Distillery where local craftsmen and women create The Summit's rich range of high quality health and beauty products. For more information, visit 

VTO visits Snorkelers Cove, Iririki Island Resort

On 22nd January 2013, VTO's Information officer, Ms Aurianne Litoung and Cyriaque VTO student trainee, went on a site inspection at Iririki Island Resort where  they were warmly greeted and met by the resort's guest relations manager Ms Melissa Itorma. The group's first stop was at Guest Relations where guests book tours, access wireless internet and browse through a souvenir shop, then the group moved to Michener’s Restaurant which carries a spectacular view across Port Vila harbour. Here, Melanesian Feasts are held very Tuesday where guests watch cultural dances and  try the traditional Bougnia or local food baked in an earth oven, ending with kava tasting. Ms Itorma then led the duo to the resort's Garden View Fare, Waterfront View Fare, Apartments, then onto Snorkelers Cove where brief stops were made at the sunset pool, pool bars, and activity sites. The Watermark Restaurant was also visited where special functions from large corporates to small private dinners take place. The VTO would like to acknowledge Iririki Island Resort Management for inviting VTO's Information Officers to the resort.

VTO attends Vienna Travel Show

VTO's Jeanette Baude (pink top) and friends at the show.
Vanuatu Tourism Office shared a booth with the Austrian Wholesaler CocCo Tours at the Vienna Travel Show held in January. Coco Tours is a major wholesaler in Austria who specialises in selling Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, including Vanuatu. There were 148,000 visitors during the four day fair whch was for the travelling public.  There were 750 exhibitors awith 70 countries represented.  Vanuatu was the only South Pacific Nation represented.  Jeanette Baude reported that there were good genuine enquiries from the public about Vanuatu with several people stopping by to ask where the country was located. It was good to get our name  out there, so people started to ask about Vanuatu, she said.  Several bookings have been made to Vanuatu by Cococ Tours since the show.

Vanuatu Tourism 2013 Greetings!

Greetings everiwan!
We have all made it to 2013 and let’s acknowledge our good Lord for sparing our lives to this new year.  Our target for 2012 was to grow tourism arrivals by air at 10 percent but we have exceeded this target with a record year with an estimated 16 per cent growth equating to almost 19,000 arrivals and a total estimated record arrivals of 109,000. This growth level is higher than the global and regional average of around 4 percent.  Cruise ship passenger arrivals have also grown substantially by approximately 27 percent to almost 200,000 passenger arrivals.
We have greater plans for this year 2013 and our target this year is to grow tourist arrivals by 10% and to grow outer island visitation by 5% to bring the total outer island visitation to 25% of the total air arrivals. Our marketing efforts will continue to concentrate in our major markets, being Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia with some attention to Europe, USA and key markets in Asia.  We are awaiting confirmation of our total budget for this year from the Government after Parliaments sitting in March this year.  We anticipate to hold an industry presentation on VTO’s total marketing plan and activities for the year once Government have confirmed our 2013 budget.
Let’s get on board with the flow and make the most of what we can do to make a difference to Tourism Vanuatu 2013.  Showcase your operation with the Best you can do and provide the Best experience to our valued customers and you will see the Best return on investment to your businesses.
Let “DISCOVER WHAT MATTERS” be your theme this year and we will do what we can to lure more tourist to our beautiful shores.
Best wishes for the YEAR 2013 and May God Bless you and Tourism Vanuatu.
Yours in Tourism.
Linda and team.