Monday, December 16, 2013

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. 
Asked to elaborate on his visit to Luganville, he said, “We will open up more of Santo with four to five more tours to come on line next year” to cater for more visitor arrivals in the biggest island in the country.  He assured the Government and all the communities of the present five ports of call that Carnival Australia wants to work with the stakeholders to develop the industry to meet visitor expectations. The five ports of call are Mystery Island on Aneityum, Port Vila, Wala Island on Malekula, Pangi in Pentecost, Luganville and Champagne Beach on Santo.
Mihajlov joined the Prime Minister’s Office to brush aside the short-lived ban for next year involving Wala and Pangi saying Carnival Australia has stepped in to help towards enabling Vanuatu to get its underwater charting done electronically through NZaid, as it has now become compulsory for all countries in the Pacific to have electronic charts. 
He thanked both the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Edward Natapei, and Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Lands Ralph Regenvanu, for convincing Carnival Australia to accept temporary solutions between now and June of 2014, without which tourist liners would not be able to visit. “Now we cannot consider new destinations until this (electronic chart) is done,” he says.