Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vanuatu shines at Quai des Saveur, Noumea

The inaugural edition of ‘Quai des Saveur’ trade fair featured the flamboyant island of Tanna, on Tuesday 15th July 2014, in the city of Noumea, New Caledonia. The trade fair which took place at Quai Jules Ferry, had 26 display booths and 9 stalls sold Vanuatu artefacts and local dish such as the nalot, tuluk and simboro. These were very popular as more and more people rushed into the stalls to buy artefacts as well as local dishes of Vanuatu. Two delegations attended the fair to showcase their goods.

Vanuatu to feature in Radar Across the Pacific

Wilco Relay another success!

Dry Creek exchange baton.
For immediate release: Wilco Hardware would sincerely like to thank all those involved in the most successful Wilco Relay yet.  The new rules that were applied this year eliminated all the cheating, making it a fair race to the finish. As to the finish, congratulations to the Premier Male team, Sandalwood, who were first place in 8 hours and 22 minutes, less than one minute outside the course record.  Right behind them were TMRI Boys who made up an enormous amount of ground in the final two stages, coming into Rentapau they trailed by 6 minutes, at Shark bay they had closed that to 3 minutes and finishing just 1 minute behind.  Having won the event several times, Island Property were in third place with a time of 8:36. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

PM takes delivery of The Essential Vanuatu

Hon. Prime Minister Joe Natuman, and Tiffany Carroll.
Photogenic press release, 15 July 2014: Prime Minister the Hon. Joe Natuman has taken delivery of a new shipment of The Essential Vanuatu book, to be used as official gifts for visiting dignitaries. The book, published by Media 21 Publishing in Sydney showcases the best of Vanuatu, from our outer islands to our commercial centres, our history, custom and culture. Edited by Tiffany Carroll, The Essential Vanuatu has been sold throughout Vanuatu and on board Air Vanuatu flights since its launch in 2012. 

Warwick Le Lagon Resort becomes Golden Sponsor for Regional Child Online Protection Conference

Warwick Le Lagon Vanuatu Resort has given the green light to assist the organizing committee of the region's first ever capacity building conference on Child Online Protection, which Vanuatu will be hosting in September. This has earned the resort first place as a Golden Sponsor for the event, which will be held in the Farea Pasifika Conference room from 22nd to 26th September 2014. The event is jointly facilitated by Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) and Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). The organizing committee sincerely thanks the Management of Warwick Le Lagon for their generous support and looks forward to working together to promoting the resort and the destination, to the important delegations who will be arriving in September. Go to COP Conference information, read here.

Fest Napuan 2014 Press Release - Unelco becomes a major sponsor for Fest Napuan

UNELCO, Fest Napuan's Major sponsor has contributed 700,000vt towards the 2014 event. The picture shows UNELCO's Alexia Courville formally making the hand-over to Fest Napuan Committee Chairman Mark Taiki.
With less than 2months to go until Fest’Napuan, the participating artist list is now confirmed, as well as details of some of the side events that will be happening during this week-long festival. With the help of our generous sponsors including UNELCO and NC Premiere One TV station, this year’s event will be biggest music festival in the region. New opportunities to partner with media and sponsors have been developed also bringing the event into the homes of many thousands of listeners around the world, both through live radio broadcasts and social media. Earlier this year a partnership agreement was signed with the Melanesian Television Network to broadcast highlights from this year’s event to our overseas viewers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Espiritu Santo's new Natawa River Kayak Drift

David Cockroft (owner of Moyyan House) has financed people from the Natawa River area on Espiritu Santo to provide a river tour and prawn farm. The tour is a very easy downstream float, and is assisted by Luke Tokar, owner/manager of Paradise Tours. The 1/2 day tour runs on Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 6,000vt per person. Luke transports guests from their hotel to Nattawa, off the East Coast Road, leading them to a traditional rural village. Joining the river guides there, guests then drift downstream in kayaks over crystal clear water passing through watercress, taro gardens, and by waterfalls set amid the pristine jungle. The tour will also include a visit to a freshwater prawn farm before river fish feeding, swimming and refreshments at the downstream pick up point. The more adventurous guests have the option to take a further onward drift and return paddle back to the pickup point. Leaving the river guides after the tour, guests then journey back to the East Coast road through stands of giant bamboo, cocoa and coconut farms. VTO congratulates Mr Cockroft and the Natawa community, for a great initiative and looks forward to working together and continuously promoting the tour. For more information or to book, call Luke on +678 7747159.

VTO visits City Motel

By Alcina Charlie, VTO: Before dropping in at the what used to be called Olympic Hotel but has now been re-branded to Business Class Hotel, we dropped by at the City Motel. We were met by the motel's manager, Ms Joie Wibur Malas who gave us a brief history about the motel before she showed us the only room available. City Motel started operating in 2006, and is owned by a chinese local resident Mr Mok, whom Joie has been working for for 9 years. City Motel has a bright and spacious lobby reception on the first floor, and is centrally located in Port Vila.

Business Class Hotel shaping up nicely

Yesterday (10th July 2014), VTO staffers and student trainees, went to inspect the renovated and recently opened (3 weeks ago) Business Class Hotel which used to be called the Olympic Hotel. The hotel is ideally situated in town, in the same building as the Beef House and Island Time Cafe & Takeaway, in Port Vila. The staff were met by Mr Terry, the hotel Manager, and he showed them 4 rooms. The newly painted walls and tiled rooms gave the room's interior an interesting look and feel which has somewhat a metropolitan theme.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Groovy Banana's "Summertime" sways atop Mount Yasur

This is what the beautiful french couple who call themselves "Groovy Banana", Gaga and Benoit, created  together and shared on youtube in June. Groovy Banana were in Holland for more than 5 years, where both their creative synergy took off. They then decided to return to Vanuatu where Gaga's parents used to teach, and after more than 3 months on the road, discovering, meeting, swing dancing, sharing along their way, they finally arrived in Port-Vila, and have recently played, sung, and filmed on Tanna island and other locations in Vanuatu. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon. The Vanuatu Tourism Office thanks Gaga and Benoit in promoting Vanuatu with their fun and amazing videos and photos. For more information, go to Groovy Banana's website

The Melanesian Hotel beams from recent renovation

A welcoming smile and personalized tour was what we got from Mrs Viso Tari, The Melanesian Hotel's Sales Supervisor, when she took us around the hotel to get a peak of the renovated Orchid room, Superior Orchid, and the beautiful Bougainville Apartments. The new tone and color in all three rooms brought with it a relaxing feel when we stepped into one of the first room which was the Orchid.

Oils of Paradise a delight for skin, health, and beauty

By Senior Communications and eMarketing Officer, Alcina Charlie: After visiting Lapita Cafe on 24th June, our next stop was at another local business also recognized and awarded for improving skin, health and beauty. The Oils of Paradise is neatly tucked along the main road at Nambatu, just a few minutes walk from Au Bon Marche supermarket, and the shop's entrance is marked by its thatch roof and brightly colored walls and displays. We were greeted by Ms Rona Garae, business owner/manager, and she gave the team a brief history about how Oils of Paradise started. "I wanted to help the mamas of my home island and empower them to grow their business of gathering virgin coconut oil, so my partner and I were able to purchase gallons and kick start this project", says Ms Garae. Three years later, her dream has now become a reality and last year, Ms Garae opened her shop. Since then, she has won a few awards from the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce.

The Havannah, Vanuatu - 2 New, Luxury Villas

For immediate release, 02 July 2014: From 1st July 2014, The Havannah, Vanuatu invites you to experience another level of luxury with its two, brand new Deluxe Waterfront Villas. Situated 12 metres apart from one another to ensure privacy, the Deluxe Waterfront Villas offer guests a large deck with wide elevated vistas across the sparkling, azure waters to the neighbouring islands. Each spacious Villa is contemporary in design with a large bedroom/lounge area on split levels: you can enjoy the view whilst relaxing in bed or the lounge room.  

VTO website - Page updates FREE this month (July 1st-31st)

The Vanuatu Tourism Office has arrived in the first month of the year which allows for complimentary amendments on all product webpages in the VTO website. Complimentary changes starts on 1st July and will end on the 31st of this month.  The next free-of-charge period for updates will be in December. All product owners and managers are advised to go on, and check their page content for corrections/amendments and advise the Website Officer on for changes. Charges outside the complimentary period from January to June, and August to November, are outlined in the VTO Website Policy and Charges document.