Thursday, April 25, 2013

Miss Vanuatu 2013 relaunched by the Vanuatu Tourism Office

Media release 25 April 2013: After 8 years of Miss Glenda Laban winning Miss Vanuatu Tourism 2005, the Vanuatu Tourism Office and its partners are proud to introduce Miss Republic of Vanuatu 2013. It is a follow up competition, and from this year onwards this will be an Annual event organized and run in association with the Vanuatu Tourism Office to determine the country’s Miss Vanuatu winner to represent the Republic of Vanuatu in the overseas beauty pageants contests. 
Beauty Pageants such as Miss World and Miss Universe are now organized and hosted world wide as a prestigious competition between women to earmark and preserve beauty and intelligence. Not only are they the driving force to empower women today but also for charitable occasions and causes.
The General Manager of the VTO and Chairlady of the Organizing Committee said the aim of this year’s competition is to develop an opportunity for the Ni-Vanuatu young woman to use their God given talents in taking the lead to promote their pride “Vanuatu” within any regional and international beauty pageant events organized by the Vanuatu Tourism Office as part of the destination marketing awareness for the world to further ‘discover what matters in Vanuatu’.
 As successfully re launched, run and organized in 2005 with great benefits to the country, it is now time to determine who will be our national ambassador to Miss Asia Pacific World 2013, this year in South Korea.
Mrs Kalpoi further reported that the Organizing Committee has agreed to donate a percentage of funds raised to the Vanuatu Pikinini Association that goes directly to schools in the outer islands of Vanuatu.  

Contestants interested in the competition are invited to apply and must meet the following criteria’s: 
- Be between 18 and 25 years old.
- Be at least 165cm tall.
- Be citizen and resident of Vanuatu.
- Have at least a secondary education.
- Have a pleasant personality.
- Represent them confidently.
Contestant must provide two pictures – (a passport size & a full body length photo)
All applications are to be received by the 11th of May, 2013 as final date of entrance.
Application forms will be available at the Vanuatu Tourism Information Centre on working days from 8am to 5pm.

 “It is a beauty, intelligent and talent contest to uncover the natural abilities and beauty of Vanuatu Women. The winner will be crowned “Miss Republic of Vanuatu 2013” and will be the face of Vanuatu representing the Vanuatu Tourism Office on national and international events.” said Mrs Kalpoi.

Faionalave becomes VTO’s new chairman

On Thursday 19th April, the Vanuatu Tourism Office marked a historical moment as the institution’s General Manager, Ms Linda Kalpoi, hosted a combined farewell and welcome tea for both the outgoing and new chairman of the VTO Board, witnessed by Management and staff of the VTO. The afternoon speeches were of courage and assurance from VTO’s new chair of Board Mr Noel Faionalave to former, Mr Charles Lini, declaring that he will perform to the best of his capabilities so the value in leadership left by the former chairman continues to uphold the integrity of the Board, General Manager and staff of the Vanuatu Tourism Office. An inspirational exchange of thanks and encouragement from Mr Lini (wearing red shirt, right image) followed on after Mr Faionalave’s speech as he emphasized that a chairman’s success comes from working closely not only with Government and Board members, but most importantly building a good relationship with the institution through the General Manager, her Managers and staff, to ensure that goals and targets are being met as expected by the Board and Government. Mr Lini congratulated Mr Faionalave’s new lead as chairman and asked for Management and staff of VTO to continuously show the same support and cooperation to Mr Noel Faionalave  as during his chairmanship in the last 2 years. The Board, Management, and staff of the VTO would like to acknowledge Mr Lini for his support towards Vanuatu Tourism during his reign as chair, and look forward to welcoming onboard and working closely with Mr Noel Faionalave as the new chairman. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vanuatu Tourism Office says Vanuatu is attracting even more International film crews

23 April, 2013: Vanuatu is attracting more overseas television crews and film production companies with Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) working with three more foreign TV companies to film in Vanuatu islands in the coming weeks.  Australian and New Zealand production companies are choosing Vanuatu for their travel programs, location shoots and film backdrops with the Australian travel and lifestyle TV program Eat, Play & Stay visiting Vanuatu in April. Weekend Today, Channel 9, one of Australia’s leading weekend shows will also be filming in May and the popular New Zealand travel program, Radar Across the Pacific, will be filming mid-May.  Australia’s Eat, Play & Stay is currently in Vanuatu to film a Vanuatu Special and promote the destination in Australia. The program will be broadcast in Australia on the free to air channel seven four "4ME' network and on Foxtel's Aurora Channel. Eat, Play & Stay film crew is also working with a selection of resorts, restaurants and tourist attractions to provide segments on a number of partner companies, and the material will also be featured on their website and throughout their various promotions.  The crew is visiting Port-Vila, Espiritu Santo and Tanna islands over a 12 days period.  

Following a successful shoot on Tanna in 2012, Channel 9’s weekend morning show Weekend Today, will be filming a diving special with presenter Cameron Williams at the beginning of May.  The filming will take place in Espiritu Santo and focus on the President Coolidge and further dive sites offered around the island.  The produced segment will promote Santo and diving to Australians. Lastly, New Zealand’s Radar Across the Pacific have arranged to visit Vanuatu from the 4-15 May, 2013 to uncover the "real" side of Vanuatu’s various island cultures, experience local customs and meet locals to learn about their lives, their culinary approaches and day to day lives. For this program the main islands that will be featured are Tanna, Pentecost and Efate. 

Linda Kalpoi, general manager at the VTO comments, “We are very pleased to announce more film crews choosing Vanuatu as their preferred destination. As more people come to film and experience all that Vanuatu has to offer, we see visitor numbers increase and more people falling in love with Vanuatu. “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved this year especially with the Australian Bureau of Statistics recording higher visitor number than last year in February, 2013. February is traditionally a low month for us, however this February Vanuatu was the only Pacific country to have growth in visitor numbers with Australian visitors and we are very excited that Vanuatu is attracting more travellers.  “Because of these great results, I acknowledge and congratulate our international VTO reps for their  proactive approach and speedy communication in securing these film crews.” added Ms Kalpoi. 

The Vanuatu Tourism Office takes this opportunity to thank the Government, in particularly the Department of Customs, the Department of Immigration, the Labor Department and the Quarantine Department for facilitating the administrative paperwork and filming permits. VTO also acknowledges the continuous support of our colleagues at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, in particularly the Film & Audio Unit for the ongoing support and cooperation. Visit

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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