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.
Janet ready to cut the cake.
Mrs Ngwele finishes working at the VTO at the end of this month and will be dearly missed. A cake was shared, and Mrs Ngwele had the honor to also release a turtle, marking her own departure from VTO which overwhelmed staff members who have over the years, become family. After the turtle's release, a delicious beach buffet was served followed by an afternoon of total bliss - this had everyone returning to work on Monday (this week) re-vitalized, freshened up, and ready to take on the world, again and again :-) VTO Board, Management, and staff thank Mr Drew and his team for a fantastic day out on Moso island and we look forward to continuously working together in promoting Vanuatu. Photo highlights below.

Guests also came along.
Mika (back), Nancy, (middle), APTC student Laisa (front).
Mr and Mrs Calo.
A yummy feed indeed!
Mr Tom Kalorib (Nancy's dad) and Laisa at the turtle sanctuary.
Sebastien holds a turtle.
Aurie's all smiles.

GM (Linda) gets a photo with Janet.
Senzy APTC student at Tranquility Resort's entrance.
 
l-r: Laisa, Allan, Claude, and Nancy. 
Looking out to the ocean from bungalow on Moso.