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”.
Mrs Kalpoi continues, “Vanuatu also boasts a wide range of rich natural attractions from clear blue oceans, white sand beaches, live volcanoes, underwater caves, tropical flora and fauna, and much more. It is no wonder that tourism is the top economic priority and the biggest money earner for Vanuatu.”
Furthermore, Mrs Kalpoi adds, “Vanuatu has twice been proclaimed the happiest place on earth which is seen in our people’s big bright smiles, happy faces, and wonderful hospitality we provide for our friends from overseas”.
Kalpoi says, “We are blessed to have such a fascinating place for tourists to come to experience and enjoy things that matter in life which tend to make them return to for another holiday”.
Saturday 27th September celebrates World Tourism Day 2014. Every year, 27th September is a special day for tourism around the world highlighting tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value.
WTD 2014 is being held under the theme Tourism and Community Development focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities.
From the Vanuatu Tourism Office team to everyone in Vanuatu and abroad, Happy World Tourism Day 2014, on Saturday 27th September 2014!
Caption: Vanuatu Tourism Office and vendors of the new Vanuatu Handicrafts Market remind all of World Tourism Day 2014, this Saturday 27th September 2014!