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.