Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A zippy visit atop The Summit and coffee treat for students

By Leo Muramur & Arsen Bong, VTO - APTC student attachés: On Friday 21st March 2014, all us Tourism students of APTC or Australian Pacific Technical College, as part of our curriculum, went on a famil to the beautiful Summit Gardens, Vanuatu Jungle Zipline and the Tanna Coffee factory, located along the road to Benjor Resort at Mele. At the Summit Garden, we were welcomed by and got introduced to the friendly staff to our first ever visit of some of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. We popped into the Summit Distillery where we learned about how staff produced all of the products, including the plants they planted, harvested and used to create their Health and Beauty oils, lotions and much more from sandal wood, lemon grass, ginger and more. 

Air Vanuatu Welcomes Qantas Codeshare Agreement

26 March 2014: Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer has announced the airline will resume its codeshare agreement with Qantas next week. The announcement comes after two visits by Qantas auditors to the airline’s head office and airport facilities in recent months. 

SPTO brings Regional Strategy to stakeholders

March 26 morning, By Len Garae - Daily Post: Stakeholders have challenged South Pacific Tourism Organization’s draft document called “Pacific Regional Tourism Strategy 2015 – 2019” which places Vanuatu with Fiji in the category of “Advanced Group” of countries that receive 100, 000 arrivals and above saying, it is not fair for Vanuatu to compare with Fiji as Fiji receives about 700, 000 arrivals in one year compared to Vanuatu’s 300, 000 (from both sea and air). Furthermore they argue that Fiji is the Region’s “hub” while Vanuatu is a small new, emerging market.  While indicators show that the trend is promising, it is still a long way away from Fiji. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

A new Pacific Regional Tourism Strategy for the region

Press release Wednesday 26th March, 2014. Port Vila, Vanuatu: Tourism in Pacific Island Countries is expected to receive a boost with the completion and soon to be launched regional tourism strategy. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is into the final lap of country consultations through workshops and stakeholder discussions at a regional level to seek valuable feedback on the first draft of a new overarching Pacific Regional Tourism Strategy (RTS) for the five-year period from 2015-2019. Today SPTO will undergo a series of consultations with public and private sector stakeholders in Port Vila, Vanuatu at the VNPF Building, in their Conference Room on Wednesday 26th March, 2014 from 9am to12 midday. 

VTO attends industry travel workshop in Russia

The VTO Representative in Europe, Ms Jeanette Baude, went with a delegation of Tourism Suppliers based in Western Europe to a workshop for Tour Operators and Travel agencies specializing in Individual travel, group travel and some luxury travel in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Jeanette met with thirty operators in St Petersburg and forty in Moscow.  It seems that tour operators there are wanting to offer their clients something different.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wrecks to Rainforest News: Earth Hour Vanuatu Day 29th March 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm (Local time)

By Mayumi Green, Wrecks to Rainforest:  Due to unsettled weather this morning in South Santo, we have decided to postpone our adventure day for another two weeks on EARTH HOUR VANUATU DAY.  
NEW DATE : 29th MARCH 2014
Meet 8am at Wrecks to Rainforest Office
Departure Time 8:30am (we depart no later than 8:30am, not Vanuatu time)
The estimated program is,…(We've never done this before so I'm just guessing)
8:30am              Depart my office
9:15am              Arrive entrance to the Waterfall
9:30 - 10:30am   Water fall
10:45 - 11:45am Dugout Canoe down from the bridge to the mouth of the river

VTO welcomes Minister with big smiles

Photo caption: Honorable Minister Willie Jimmy Tapangararua (far right), his delegation, the Chairman of VTO Board Mr Philip Malas (3rd from left), and next to him is DG Mr Marakon Alilee (2nd from left), and the General Manager of VTO Mrs Linda Kalpoi assemble together for a group photo. 
Media release, Friday 21st March 2014: The Vanuatu Tourism Office warmly received the Hon. Willie Jimmy Tapangararua and his government delegation on Monday this week for an office visit. The Honorable Minister was pleasantly surprised by his own welcome board which was placed at the reception. On arrival, the delegation was greeted by the Board Chairman and General Manager of VTO, Mr Philip Malas & Mrs Linda Kalpoi, as well as the Ministry’s Director General, Mr Marokon Alilee.

Malampa Festivals Calendar July and August 2014

Yam and Magic Festival - Olal, North Ambrym 10th and 11th of July 2014. Contact John on 7793369, Fanla Festival – Fanla Village, North Ambrym 18th and 19th of July 2014. Contact Chief Sekor 5907659, Maskelynes Canoe Race and Festival, Maskelynes, South Malekula, 28th -30th of July 2014 (includes Independence Day Celebrations) Contact Karlo on 7783524 or 7103583. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vanuatu at Boulari Market

For the first time, Vanuatu participated at the Boulari Market shows on Friday 7th March 2014, thanks to Alain Funel and team. Vanuatu's booth was dressed up and looked colorful with Vanuatu handicrafts, island dresses, coconut oil, and artists paintings. The event ran from 4pm to 8pm, in the Boulari Market grounds in Monte Dore Noumea, New Caledonia. There were also destination brochures which were a popular pick and over 80 brochures were given out to visitors on Friday. Many questions were asked about Vanuatu as well as purchases of the products. The VTO acknowledges Mr Funel's ongoing support towards promoting Vanuatu Tourism in Noumea and abroad. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Nǐ hǎo Vanuatu!

Caption: Group B agents enjoying Vanuatu.
By Len Garae, the Daily Post 2nd March: Vanuatu is likely to break into the Chinese tourist market in a few years from now and the Vanuatu Tourism Office is confident that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Vanuatu will increase. The biggest number of 20 Chinese approved travel agents from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are currently in the country checking out everything from Five Star Hotel accommodation to food to customs and culture products and more.