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.