Thursday, June 26, 2014

ANZ donates Vt1 million towards Tok Tok Vanuatu

Caption:  L-r: TokTok Chairman Thomas Thait, VTO GM Kalpoi, ANZ Acting CEO Beren, VTO Marketing Manager Global Allan Kalfabun and ANZ Manager Tourism Aloha Nafuki.
June 18, By Len Garae of Daily Post:  ANZ Head of Commercial Banking and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Beren, has handed over a cheque for Vt1 million to the Chairman of Tok Tok Vanuatu, Thomas Thait who is also Chairman of Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association and VTO General Manager Linda Kalpoi in the Bank’s Board Room yesterday. The donation, the biggest so far from Tok Tok Vanuatu’s traditional sponsor for the last twelve years, reflects the rising confidence that ANZ has in the future of the tourism industry in the country. Asked what ANZ gets out of the sponsorship, the Acting CEO says it is a corporate responsibility and is also about connecting customers to other customers so it meets that criteria in Vanuatu. 
In addition, Australia which is Vanuatu’s closest tourism market also is confident that the country has an untapped tourism potential for Australian tourists. The Tok Tok Chairman describes the donation as “extremely generous” that ANZ continues to give while Air Vanuatu contributes towards the event by flying in the buyers and sellers in the market. It also reflects the prominent financial institution’s confidence in the future of the tourism industry. VTO General Manager describes it as “wonderful” saying it is the Bank’s way of giving back to the community for the confidence that the community has to capitalise on the services it provides. “It just shows that they are genuine in their operations and that they are here to stay as a part of Vanuatu”, she says. Tok Tok Vanuatu will be hosted from August 26 to 29 including Mini Tok Toks in Tanna and Santo.