November 28, 2014 media release – Rallying behind the tourism sector, renowned local businesses are signing up as sponsors for the upcoming Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence, open for entries from all tour and accommodation providers across the country. With the deadline for entries extended to Monday 8 December, notable sponsors are signing up to support individual awards across a variety of categories, judged by a panel consisting of international and local experts. Air Vanuatu and the Daily Post are lending their valued support as the airline sponsor and media partner, while Your Vanuatu.com is producing all multimedia content. Individual award categories, such as luxury accommodation, cultural and eco tours, adventure activity and front of house, will be sponsored by AON insurance brokers, P&O Cruises, Adventures in Paradise and the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association respectively. “The Tourism Awards are very excited and grateful to have such a high caliber of generous sponsors,” said Linda Kalpoi, Chairlady of the Westpac Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence Committee and General Manager of the Vanuatu Tourism Office.
“By sponsoring the Awards, these businesses are encouraging the continual development of the tourism sector.” The Awards program is led by the Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence Committee, which comprises of the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association, the Vanuatu Tour Operators Association, Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association, TVET for Tourism, Australian Pacific Technical College, the Tourism Ambassador program, and the Department of Tourism, under the secretariat of the Vanuatu Tourism Office. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting the committee in delivering the Awards program in 2014 and 2015. An entry guide and form is available on the industry section of Vanuatu Tourism office’s website. CLICK HERE. Entries close December 8, 2014.