Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Vanuatu Made" appearing soon in VTO website

Local entrepreneurs of "All things Vanuatu" from arts and handicrafts, island attires, painting, contemporary wears, health and beauty products, herbs, spices, tanna coffee to many more goods produced in Vanuatu for tourists, will be pleased to know that there will be a new section in the website to promote these products under shopping. The new listing will be added next week. Email for more information.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

And the nominees for World Travel Awards are...

Vanuatu has a voting page in the World Travel Awards which features nominees for this year 2014. See the nominees for Vanuatu's Leading Boutique Resort and Vanuatu's Leading Resort here . The World Travel Awards are in its 21st year, and are described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars’. The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry and is one of the most comprehensive and prestigious awards in the world. The Asia & Australasia Gala Awards event details where the winners for this part of the world, are to be announced soon.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

VTO and IFC Sign MOU, Strengthening Partnership to Promote Tourism in Vanuatu

Media release: The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today, strengthening their partnership in promoting tourism sector development in Vanuatu. The MOU is the first step in formalizing collaboration between the two entities, outlining areas of potential cooperation and mutual interest.

Hertz welcomes new Manager

Benaee P/L is a Hertz Franchisee operating in Melbourne Australia with 8 locations and a fleet in excess of 1300 vehicles and 60 staff members. We have been the  Australian Licencee of the Year on two separate occasions. We recently acquired the Hertz Vanuatu franchise and bring to it over twenty years experience operating in Australia. 

Vanuatu is recognized by National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler magazine has named the Aspiring Adventures Pentecost Naghol tour as one of the 50 tours of a Lifetime.  See the news here and recently the Bored Panda National Geographic Traveler also listed Vanuatu in the world's top 11 Island Destination. View story here 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Evergreen Tours promotes Vanuatu in China's COTTOM 2014

Michael Huang (Evergreen Vanuatu China Rep) in action in at COTTOM 2014 at Beijing
from Wednesday 9th - 12th April 2014. VTO thanks Mr Huang for promoting not only Evergreen Tours, but the overall destination in China during the trade fair.

Miss Vanuatu 2014 competition postponed

Miss Vanuatu and male vocalists of Monument Singers.
Friday 04th April 2014 media release:  Despite the warm welcome by the members of the public and the local business houses, Miss Vanuatu Committee feels it is too soon to organize the Miss Vanuatu competition again this year. This will enable all of our partners to recover from the current slight slowdown of our economy. For this reason the Miss Vanuatu Committee recently took the decision to put a hold on the national beauty contest.

Kava Book launch 14 April 2014

Fresh, hip and all new Reggar Bar at Mele road

Posted 29th March 2014, By Anita Roberts, Daily Post: Owner of bar Marson Chilia said building using local materials is vital for a local business with limited money and resources. Big Blue diver Marson Chilia has been asked about where to find a genuine local bar so many times- that he decided to do something about it.
That something is the Reggae Bar on the Mele Road, which opens for business today (Friday). 

VTO joins Industries and Trade stakeholders meeting this week

Director Jimmy B Rantes gives his remarks at the conference.
On Friday 11 April, the VTO was invited to attend an important meeting at the Department of Trade, Industries and Commerce. The initiative was taken by the marketing division of the Department in developing marketing strategies as a guiding road map for 2014 - 2016, in promoting value-addition of Vanuatu produced products, linking raw material producers with manufacturing industries, and to facilitate market access for high niche products being produced and manufactured as Vanuatu made products.

Vanuatu promoted at Moindou's market, Noumea

For the first time, Mme Jacqueline FUNEL went her own way to sell Vanuatu Island dresses as well as arts and handicrafts of Vanuatu at the Moindou's market, on Sunday 6th april 2014. That morning, the destination brochure "Destination Vanuatu" was also given out to public who were enquiring about Vanuatu. The VTO acknowledges Mme Funel for her ongoing support in promoting Vanuatu in Noumea.
Photo above - Alain and Jacqueline Funel at the market.

Vanuatu wins 2 places in Tripadvisors Top 25

Vanuatu is two positions in the Top Traveller's Choice destinations in Australian Tripadvisor. Most destinations are in Australia and NZ and two for Vanuatu!
Go to story

A Saloon, Cowboys and Indians do

Invite to a Saloon, Cowboys and Indians event to support the Vanuatu Red Cross Society. Contacts below:

Email or phone +678 27418.

Inaugural Pacific Islands Export Survey launched

Click here to download your survey form, complete it to get a chance to win an 16GB Cellular IPAD.
For immediate release:   The trade and investment arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I), in collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is conducting the first ever Pacific Export Survey. Seeking to capture the opinions of exporters regarding business confidence, the investment climate and export trends, exporters of goods and services from the Pacific Islands are invited to share their views. Here is the link to the Pacific Export Survey; Also see the attached. 

New owners for Room with a View

Room with a View, located at the Menzies Streets (one way) has a new Manager/Owner originally from France. Vanuatu T0urism welcomes owners Xavier & Bertrand DE COUSPEL and looks forward in working together in promoting Vanuatu abroad. For more information or to book Room with a View, call +678 7763860 or +678 7793407. Email:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Roubaud promotes Vanuatu in Salon Mondial du Tourisme and Nature expo

Roubaud (wearing red shirt, center) being interviewed at the tradeshow.
Axel Roubaud, a french Terres de Partage wholesaler, recently promoted Vanuatu in 2 major tradeshows that took place in France, in the city of Paris. The first event was on 20-23 March which was Le Salon Mondial du Tourisme , and Destinations Nature consumer show followed after that from 28th - 30th March. During the tradeshows, the France 'O’ TV channel interviewed Mr Roubaud about holiday packages he's put together for New-Caledonia and Vanuatu and it was screened in the evening news. As a result, the french ‘TF1’ TV channel is now looking to sending a TV crew for 2 documentaries for Grand Reportage in July. The VTO sincerely acknowledges Mr Axel Roubaud for his  support in promoting Vanuatu.

Chef Robert Oliver re-visits Vanuatu

Local chefs group up with Chef Robert (centre) & Mrs Vatausei McKenzie (right of Robert)
This week, VTO's officers incharge of handling trade & media famils have been super busy organizing and escorting few groups currently visiting the country. One of them is the world number 1 Cook Book chef and author of award winning "Me'aKai" cook book, teamed up Zoomslide production crew of New Zealand who have been filming Vanuatu segment2 that highlights the island delicacy tuluk as well as tossing in Tanna soup from their shoot at volcano island 3 days ago. Chef Robert and his team will depart tomorrow Saturday 5th April and VTO acknowledges all that have supported the shoot.

Successful industry presentations by VTO & Air Vanuatu

L-r: Allan Kalfabun (VTO), Philip Malas (VTO Chairman), Joseph Laloyer (Air Vanuatu CEO), Malcolm Pryor (Air Vanuatu, Australia), Sarah Anderson (VTO, Australia)
A week ago, Friday 28 March, the Vanuatu Tourism Office and Air Vanuatu Management and Representatives assembled at the Warwick Le Lagon Ballroom to do an industry presentation to a good turn out of Tourism stake holders and Government representatives, 53 people.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

VTO to carry out Digital Audit

Vanuatu Tourism Office is undergoing a digital audit with the GTI Tourism Marketing Director Andrew Cavallaro. Mr Cavallaro will be arriving to meet with Head office and the industry in Port Vila from Monday 7 April to Wednesday 9 April. Andrew Cavallaro has recently been appointed as GTI Tourism Marketing Director and has exceptional digital experience and is well placed to be able to assist VTO with a digital solution. VTO acknowledges Mangoes Resort & Melanesian Tours for Mr Cavallaro's accommodation & transfers.