Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Plunge into Tok Tok Vanuatu!

This week Vanuatu Tourism is singing "The sun is shining the weather is sweet..." as Tok Tok Vanuatu swings with positive vibes and to top it all off a perfect weather for the event is like cream on the cake! A total of 103 sellers are currently finishing setting up their booths in the Tok Tok village at Holiday Inn's beautiful private island, and 59 plus buyers are being escorted by VTO's General Manager Mrs Linda Kalpoi and office reps. They are doing pre-tok tok tour experiencing, discovering, and enjoying all that matters in the outer islands of Tanna, Espiritu Santo, and Malekula.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

VTO looks forward to welcome Tok Tok Vanuatu delegates

With Tok Tok Vanuatu just around the corner, the Vanuatu Tourism Office is wrapping up final arrangements for buyers, sellers, and international travel writers who will be attending Tok Tok next week. Two buyers have already arrived and there are more to come this weekend with a large group arriving on Monday. This year brings with it an exciting event as Vanuatu Tourism expects over 150 stake holders and key players in the tourism, travel and hospitality industry, both local and international. “Celebrate Vanuatu Cultures” is this year's theme which showcases Vanuatu's vibrant culture and traditions as well as an array of unique products that are signatory to only Vanuatu as a holiday destination for tourists.

Mystic Malekula - Tours of the ancient era

Photo by Alcina Charlie, Lawa village, south west bay, Malekula island.
Malekula is Vanuatu’s second largest island by land mass and renowned for its diverse and ancient tribal cultures each with their distinct dialect, dances, music, food, dress and kastom. Authentic Cultural Tours allow you to witness firsthand the intricacies of the kastom practices that define Ni-Van people. Remnants of a past brutal history of cannibalism between the Big Nambas and Smol Nambas tribes are unearthed from the tropical jungle as eerie relics of the past.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ni-Vanuatu Chefs succeed at International Culinary Fare

Vanuatu National Team with Team Manager at the end of the New Zealand Culinary Fare competition.
Press release, 19th August 2014: The opportunity to represent Vanuatu overseas is always an exciting prospect and for the local chefs in this country this is no exception. And there is a lot to be proud of when our local NiVanuatu chefs can compete in the biggest cooking competition in the Southern Hemisphere and win medals in a tough environment. Our local chefs travelled to New Zealand on the weekend and have won bronze and silver medals, a fantastic achievement when competing against a wide field of experienced chefs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Across the board service upgrade at Air Vanuatu

Media release 12 August: In times of growing competition and holidaymakers looking for more bang for their buck, Air Vanuatu has been investing heavily in the overall passenger experience. “What sets us apart is our service – and always has,” chief executive officer Joseph Laloyer said. “That service starts from the moment our passengers shop around for the best deals and doesn’t finish until they are home safely after what we hope will be the holiday of a lifetime.” 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Island Life Magazine Launches New Website

After months on the creative and design stage, Island Life Magazine has launched a new online magazine at www.islandlifevanuatu.com.  The site will fill the current online information gap in Vanuatu by offering features and news online as well as information on ‘everything Vanuatu’. Patricia Gil, editor of Island Life, is thrilled with the new developments and the success of the magazine. “We know that there are many people overseas who would like to ‘keep in touch’ with the country, either because they are planning to come over or because they lived here or visited the country before. Now they will be able to find all the latest news and information about what is happening in Vanuatu. It is something that many of our readers in Vanuatu also wanted, to be able to interact with the magazine online.”  

Tok Tok Vanuatu just around the corner

Press release, 11 August 2014: The days are counting down before Vanuatu enters another exciting Tok Tok which will commence on August 25th and end on 30th. Recently, the event’s major sponsor, ANZ Bank, handed over its sponsorship of over 1 million vatu to the Tok Tok Committee pledging its continuous support and loyalty towards the development of the tourism industry in Vanuatu and the national carrier Air Vanuatu, with their ongoing support in flying buyers globally. Mr Thomas Tait of Holiday Inn Resort, acknowledged ANZ and Air Vanuatu for their ongoing support towards Tok Tok Vanuatu 13th event since its establishment in 2001.  The Tok Tok Committee also acknowledges other Sponsors for their contribution including Telecom Vanuatu Ltd, UNELCO Ltd, Entani Company, South Pacific Tourism Organization, Fiji Airways, Airports Vanuatu Ltd and Evergreen Ltd.