Monday, June 2, 2014

TVET and Department of Tourism sign MOU for 2014/15 TVET tourism training program

Director of Department of Tourism George Borugu seals the MOU by a hand-shake with Ms Anna Gibert,
TVET Sector Strengthening Program Team Leader. 
In 2013, the Australian Government funded TVET Program and the Department of Tourism (DoT) entered into a strategic partnership through a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the development of Ni-Vanuatu businesses in the tourism sector in the outer islands through improved training, industry coaching and coordination. 
The partnership has resulted in significant achievements for the growth of the local tourism industry across Malampa and Sanma provinces. This has included the establishment of a new marketing/booking Call Centre in Luganville, enabling, for the first time, local tourism businesses to market their upgraded products internationally. The development of the local tourism sector has also resulted in positive flow-on effects for other sectors, including transport and agriculture, where due to growth in tourist demand, opportunities for increased market access have now been created.

Based on the success of this partnership, the TVET Program and the DoT are renewing their MoU for the period 2014/15 which will build on progress to date, as well as commit to further enhancements. This will include the extension of the ‘TVET for Tourism’ training and coaching program to Torba province and the implementation of a national capacity building program for DoT and Vanuatu Tourism Office staff. 

Given the significance of this collaborative investment, the MoU signing, which took place this morning Tuesday 3 June, 2014 at the TVET Program Head Office in Port Vila, was witnessed by 2 State Ministers which were the Honorable James Bule on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Honorable Ham Lini who couldn't attend due to illness, and Honorable Bob Loughman, Minister of Education was also present, including the First Secretary of the Australian High Commissioner Mr David Momcilovic, and the New Zealand High Commissioner Ms. Georgina Roberts.

The Vanuatu Tourism Office congratulates DoT and TVET for Phase 2 of the TVET Tourism Training program, and looks forward to participating in the program.