Sunday, May 25, 2014

Port Vila Community Handicrafts wows VHRA

Last week on Tuesday, the PV Community Handicrafts association presented themselves and the products they sell during VHRA's meeting held at Breakas Resort. Members of the hotels and resorts association were very pleased to see a fine range of 100% Vanuatu products and creativity as well as listen to the stories of how these treasures were made and sold. The presentation was an eye opener as listeners learned how PV Community Handicrafts plays an integral role in the lives of many women, not only in Port Vila, but from rural villages, communities and outer islands, that have their goods sold at the handicrafts market.

VTO launches Vanuatu Tourism online Photo Library 2014

The Vanuatu Tourism Office is very pleased to announce that the destination’s first ever official online Photo Library has finally come to the end of its set up and is now available for the use of members of the tourism industry, the media, and Vanuatu tourism operators recognized by the national tourism authorities. The photo library showcases hundreds of appealing, high resolution photographs recently taken by David Kirkland within 12 months featuring the islands of Tanna, Pentecost, Espiritu Santo and Efate, with additional selected brand hero images.  Phase 3 is set for August this year whereby David will be photographing on Malekula island and Efate as prime destinations.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A delicious blend... Tanna coffee and the Secret Gardens

By Alcina Charlie, Senior Communications and E-Marketing: When the staff was invited to go to Tanna coffee factory for a site visit on Wednesday last week, it was hard for me to resist especially being a coffee lover, I had to check out what all the buzz was about from all the raving comments from tourists about their special "tanna coffee experience" at the factory. As soon as we arrived at the entrance, we were immediately whiffed into the strong aroma of coffee and because the air was totally saturated with Tanna Coffee, my taste buds were already racing for a latte or moreover a delicious cappuacino.

Vanuatu Tourism Office celebrates ICT Day in style

Alcina Charlie, Senior Communications and Emarketing Officer for VTO at VTO booth.
The Vanuatu Tourism Office celebrated a very wet ICT Day with sunshine all the way. While outside smeared a grey and cloudy covering, inside the VTO booth was beautifully decorated, well lit, and it shone out a strong presence of the destination's brand look and feel, which attracted over 100 visitors into the booth to discover all that matters in tourism as well as learn what ICT the VTO uses to help promote Vanuatu to the tourist markets. This was the first ever ICT 2 days event on 16th & 17th May, which the Vanuatu Government via the Prime Minister's Office - OGCIO and the organizing committee, invited VTO to be one of the three partners.

Vanuatu Tourism Awards makes a come back

The tourism industry is again excited that this year the prestigious Vanuatu Tourism Awards (VTA) is revived by its new organizing committee which was formed on Tuesday 06th of May. The VTA committee consists of representatives from the tourism industry including Air Vanuatu, Department of Tourism,  Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association, Vanuatu Tour OPerators Association, and the Vanuatu Tourism Office. The Vanuatu Tourism Office General Manager, Mrs. Linda Kalpoi, has been elected as Chairlady of the Committee.

Trade, Travel & Media groups keep pouring in

The Vanuatu Tourism Office has had a long line up of travel, trade and media famils that have come through to the office in recent weeks. This month we've housed and organized famil itineraries for the following companies Eat, Play and Stay which is an Australian travel and lifestyle TV channel promoting destinations throughout South East Asia, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia on a variety of channels including Foxtel, Aurora Network, Channel 7, Sky network, FACE TV (NZ) and more as well as online via You Tube attracting over 500,000 views. The Vanuatu Tourism Office has had Trade Travel last week which is an Australian wholesale company that specializes in senior group touring. During the same week, the Vanuatu Tourism Office also assisting a Professional Conference Organizer, the Australian Shortlead, as well as the China's largest outbound tour operator having the highest number of chinese tourists visiting Vanuatu to expand the holiday packages. VTO's Trade and Media famil departments were also very busy with Oceania Reisen from Switzerland and Brisbane's Flight Centre group who were on Santo to build product knowledge and experience the latest products on the island. More updates coming soon.   

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

News from The Havannah, Vanuatu - New Villas

Opening in July 2014, will be The Havannah's brand new Deluxe Waterfront Villas.Overlooking the Havannah Harbour, the Deluxe Waterfront Villas are contemporary, modern, spacious and stylish.  They consist of  a large bedroom/lounge area on a split level with amenities such as tea & coffee making facilities, bar fridge, flat screen TV, Ipod sound dock, DVD player, king size bed, air-conditioned and fan cooled, iron and ironing board, in-room safe and  indoor/outdoor bathrooms with large bath tub outdoors and shower, vanity, toilet indoors. Outside there is a day bed that overlooks  the 7m x 4m private lap pool and pool area, a private Dining Nakamal with BBQ where guests can cook themselves or have the chef prepare food for them plus a private sundeck, located down the small cliff side with outdoor furnishings and sun loungers. Source, The Havannah Newsletter 

Air Vanuatu commits to outer island routes

Media release: Air Vanuatu’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer has announced a small increase in the cost of domestic airfares, effective 01 June 2014. “Whilst any increase in fares is regrettable, it is necessary in order to sustain our non-profitable routes to the outer islands. 

Australian Senate delegation visits Vanuatu

Media Release, Monday 5 May 2014: An Australian Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee delegation visited Vanuatu from 30 April until 3 May to learn about the everyday challenges faced by ni-Vanuatu and Pacific islanders.  The visit was part of the Australian Parliament’s 2014 program of overseas visits. The delegation travelled to Santo on 1 May to meet staff and trainees of the Australian-Government-funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector Strengthening Program.  They had an opportunity to see and hear about the impact the program has on the lives of trainees, their families and their communities.

Vanuatu... an amazing trip of a lifetime!

Family at the Blue Lagoon, on Efate.
VTO has received excellent feedback below from Ms Kim Walker who won the Australia Geographic Christmas store promotion. Here is her story, received 22nd April.
Well just how lucky was my family to experience such an amazing trip overseas!! We’ve been back since Friday lunchtime and we are well and truly still coming down. The whole experience surpassed our expectations by such a big measure that even on our last day, soaking up the amazing view from Holiday Inn restaurant onto the lagoon for our breakfast, we were still pinching ourselves. The staff on our Air Vanuatu flight over & back were lovely and Holiday Inn was just so amazing on so many levels that it is quite difficult to know where to begin.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

VTO visits Airlines Business Hotel

Hotel manager, Mrs Jenny Ligo (far left) and staff of VTO.
Staff of the Vanuatu Tourism Office visited the newly built and recently opened Airlines Business Hotel at the Tagabe roundabout this week on Wednesday. Led by the Acting General Manager, Mr Sebastien Bador, the staff were warmly greeted by the hotel manager Mrs Jenny Ligo, and were taken through the hotel which highlighted a beautiful blend of both the Vanuatu culture and Chinese. The hotel is beautifully appointed with wall paints showcasing traditions and cultures of Vanuatu whilst the interior decor and facilities highlight a touch of Oriental.

Stars shine at Vanuatu roadshow

For release, Travel Daily, 30th April 2014: BREAKFAST TV personality Steve Jacobs is well known to all Australian audiences both as an actor and in his current guise as the peripatetic weather presenter on Channel 9 show Today. Jacobs was present at last night’s Tourism Vanuatu roadshow in his new Ambassadorial role for the country’s holiday offerings. Describing Vanuatu as his “soul food”, Jacobs said he was a regular visitor to the islands both on a professional and personal basis. He spoke passionately about the appeal of the destination and encouraged attendees to engage themselves with the local culture for a truly immersive experience.