Thursday, September 25, 2014

Air Vanuatu News Updates - Toll Free Phone Bookings & Suspended codeshare with Solomon Airlines

Media release 26th September - Air Vanuatu introduces toll free phone bookings: As part of Air Vanuatu’s continuing effort to improve service, the airline has introduced a toll free telephone number for sales and reservations. The new toll free number, 139, is available to anyone calling within Vanuatu and will be answered from 0730-1800 Monday to Friday and 0800-1400 on weekends. “Passengers calling from within Vanuatu will not be charged by their carriers for these calls, which we hope will make things a lot easier for our customers, particularly those in the outer islands,” Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer said. Air Vanuatu has also successfully implemented online check-in via their website at which allows passengers to reduce their queue time when flying overseas and to some domestic ports.

Happy 10th Anniversary Vanuatu Chefs & Salon Culinaire!

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Vanuatu Chefs Association Salon Culinaire, and there would be no better way to celebrate it than make it bigger and better! The committee has teamed up the event with the Barista championship and the Waiter's Race! Dates for the main Salon Culinaire are set for 20th - 25th October and preparations are underway already. This year, there will be 8 international chef judges judging at the event, and great prizes up for grabs. Keep an eye on Vanuatu Chefs & Food Handlers facebook page for updates and to view photos of last year’s competitions. Fans can also follow Vanuatu's fantastic National Team whom have participated and won medals in New Zealand cooking competitions. The Vanuatu Tourism Office congratulates Vanuatu Chefs Association and the committee of the Salon Culinaire for coming thus far! Go to VCAFH facebook page, click here . To download Salon Culinaire's registration form, click here.

Who will win Service Professional of the year Award?

To all industry operators in food, beverage, and hospitality, especially those who feel they have what it takes to earn them the Service Professional Award for 2014, click here to download Registration Form, Rules and Guidelines. The 2014 Service Professional of the Year ( SPoY) Award is another exciting event that will be held in conjunction with the Salon Culinare on Monday 20th to 24th October. The organizing committee is appealing to all waiters, waitresses, coffee & cocktail makers, chefs at all level, and bar tenders that it’s time to start sharpening those skills and get your entries in before the closing date September 30th (next Tuesday).

International Science Fair of Port-Vila held today 26th September, Warwick Le Lagon

The science fair takes a different taste this year in Port-Vila. All the school of Efate have been solicited and have worked together to present scientific projects in English and in French. Students coming from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and New Caledonia will also participate to this scientific event which offers more activities this year on the theme “Let’s adapt to environment constraints to be self-sufficient”. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vanuatu Tourism celebrates World Tourism Day 2014!

By Alcina Charlie, Senior Communications, VTO: “The reason why my staff and I have dedicated our lives to promoting Vanuatu is our deep love for this island nation, Vanuatu.” These are the words of the General Manager of the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Mrs Linda Kalpoi.  Mrs Kalpoi continues, “My passion comes from my love for our people across Vanuatu’s beautiful islands”. She adds, “Vanuatu is a jewel in the heart of the Pacific Ocean attracting over 200,000 visitors every year. While we have a smaller population than our bigger competitors, we boast 113 distinct languages and innumerable dialects, making us one of the most culturally diverse countries on earth. Our cultures and traditions are unique, and we are very proud of them”.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Island feast, fun, and family-time at the Melanesian

By Alcina Charlie, VTO - Senior Communications &eMarketing: Hubby got lucky again on Sunday 14th September, as it's only been 7 days after Father's Day and he got another surprise, a meal voucher for 2 at the Melanesian Hotel but I had to bring along the kids this time, for the extra special occasion - oh you luck things! It was sometime around Tok Tok week last month when I got an invitation to take the family out for a night of island feasting to experience the ambience of it all and oh yes! We were very satisfied with all that we absorbed; great food, wonderful island entertainment, good fun, and quality down-time for the family.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A cruise delight onboard Coongoola

By Alcina Charlie, VTO Senior Communications / E-Marketing: The excursion blended together perfect weather, big smiles, laughter, and as well as a few tears for the Vanuatu Tourism Office's staff and family members on Saturday over the weekend (6th September). The group set sail for Moso island onboard Coongoola with Owen Drew and his crew - thanks Mr Drew for your wonderful hospitality by the way, everybody had a fabulous time! It was a gesture of appreciation by the General Manager and Board of VTO, especially after all the hard work and sacrifice each of the staff devoted towards the recent Tok Tok. Mrs Linda Kalpoi, General Manager of the VTO at a recent staff meeting, applauded and congratulated her team for the strong team spirit which led to a successful Tok Tok. She felt everybody deserved a break and time out to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the ocean breeze. The get-together was an opportunity to also thank VTO's long time senior staff, Mrs Janet Ngwele, for her 14 years of service as the Board Secretary.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To infinity and beyond

By Alcina Charlie, VTO - "If I were to go again, then yes I will!" is the feedback I got from my work colleagues who experienced an adventure of their lifetime, it appears.  It was obvious the staff had a fantastic time, returning yesterday afternoon (Wed. 3rd Sept), soaking wet and smiling from ear to ear after their encounter with Vila Flyboard. There were plenty of great feedback about the tour, conveniently captured in photos taken that afternoon out in the harbor, via Au Fare Restaurant. Vila Flyboard is a new extreme sport that can be done by anyone over 16 years of age. It blends together a range of popular sports like jet-skiing, water skiing, skate-boarding, skiing and snowboarding. Powered by a jet ski from an umbilical cord, our 4 lady staff and 1 Events Manager "super-heroes" ascended up a  few meters above the water before diving into and out of the ocean like..... dolphins. That's right, I was very impressed and even the photos confirmed that very catch line!  "Hovering above the water took a few minutes for us to find our balance, but after a few practices, we became like pros on our board", beamed Ms Nancy Kalorib (you were very brave Nancy, I'm envious)! The VTO would like to thank Management and staff of Vila Flyboard for their time and congratulate Ms Aurelie and Mr Wahid for a great product. Visit or call +678 7778007 for more information.

Vanuatu Tourism's "Complete Indulgence" have arrived!

Photo © David Kirkland.
The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is excited to announce that the first selection of images from the latest phase 3 photo shoot have now been added to Vanuatu Tourism's online photo library, to be used by the VTO, local and international tourism and travel operators, and as well as media, to promote the destination.Users are super excited over the new images and registrations statistics show Vanuatu's photo library is proving very popular among competitors.

Flights to Tongoa resume

Air Vanuatu media release, 30th August 2014 - Air Vanuatu will resume scheduled services to Tongoa island from 10 September after CAAV declared Pele Airport safe to reopen for commercial flights. CAAV advised Air Vanuatu sections of the runway have been backfilled and compacted, however as grass is yet to grow over, Air Vanuatu will only operate flights to the island if the strip is dry. Air Vanuatu operates under a safety before schedule policy and apologises for any inconvenience caused by the upgrade to Pele Airport. Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll or  +678 7747153.