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Friday 22nd November 2013 Issue 38

Š David Kirkland

Inside this issue: News from the office , VTO Out n About, Industry News, Trade & Media, Events & Festivals , Entertainment

News from the office Vanuatu Tourism launches ‘It Takes Two’ holiday competition

China Represents Potential New Source Market for Tourism in Vanuatu

Media release 20 November 2013: Promotion will highlight Vanuatu as a couple’s destination . Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and Air Vanuatu today launched the It Takes Two promotion, giving Australian residents the chance to win the ultimate couples’ break to Port Vila and beyond by simply submitting a two word entry: one stating how they feel before their Vanuatu escape and the second how they will feel afterwards. The competition is hosted on...... Read more.

Plans to Increase Chinese Arrivals Highlight New Source Market for Vanuatu. The first official visit of Chinese tour operators landed in Vanuatu this week, with a delegation of ten influential figures from the Chinese travel industry visiting major tourist sites across the country. Coordinated by Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), the visit marks a combined effort to grow tourist arrivals to Vanuatu from the world’s fastest growing source market – with 100 million outbound Chinese tourists having already travelled… Read more.

Australian product managers get firsthand Vanuatu update

VTO Out n About

VTO’s Website & Communications officer Charlie, was seen at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre attending 100 years commemoration after the Ambrym volcano eruption. Rest of the team were also out in Tanna, Santo and around Vila escorting agents/wholesalers led by our Australian rep Anne Morris. Photos below and on next page.

Press release 20th November 2013: VTO hosted eight Australian product managers and two trade media in Vanuatu last week to provide them with updates and introduce new products for their consideration. The six-day famil was hosted by the VTO and Australian representative Anne Morris and included: Claudia Ibanez-Formas, Flight Centre, Robyn Brown, Creative Holidays, Lauren Grech, Pinpoint Group, Sarah Beeken, Vanuatu Escapes, Craig Robinson, Relaxaway Holidays, Dennis Basham, Virgin Australia Holidays, Andrew Collins,, Alaine Dunn, Fusion Holidays, Anne Majumdar, Travel Today and Kate Webster, Karryon. The famil begun with the..... Read more. Publisher & Design: VTO. Host : Images: David Kirkland (front cover), Vanuatu Relay, Vanuatu Beach, GTI, Traveltrade, © All rights reserved. This electronic magazine may not be reproduced in any form, in whole, or part, without the consent of the publisher. The VTO can not be held liable for any information contained in the advertisements. COPYRIGHT: VANUATU TOURISM OFFICE. Vanuatu Tourism Office, PO Box 209, Port Vila, Vanuatu. Ph (678) 22515 / 22685. Email Web

VTO Out n About Marketing Mgr Kalfabun returns from Turkey this afternoon. Journalists Garae & Tete were also with Kalfabun. News next week.

Les nouvelles en franÇais Éductour d’agences de voyages chinoises a Port-Vila

Par mademoiselle Sabrina Prestat, lycéenne au Lycée JeanMarie Gustave Le Clézio de Port-Vila, stagiaire a l’Office de Tourisme du Vanuatu: Ce Lundi 18 Novembre 2013 s’est déroulée une tournée d’inspection de sites, dans deux complexes hôteliers de Port-Vila. Voir plus.

Events & Festivals

Tournée d’inspection d’hébergement touristique

Triathlon Vanuatu runs final event this weekend!

Triathlon Vanuatu is organizing its last event for the year 2013. A duathlon will take place on Sat 23rd November 2013 to close this year Championship series. The registration will be from 07.00am to 07.30am at the BRED Bank car park for the men and the women categories (entry fee VUV500 per person). The event will feature a 1,1Km swim (1 lap, black buoy – rock) and a 4,5Km run (5 laps, Anchor Inn – Chantilly's on the Bay). For further information please contact:

Book Launch

Par Mademoiselle Sabrina Prestat: Ce Vendredi 15 Novembre 2013, s’est déroulée une tournée d’inspection auprès des quatre hôtels de Port-Vila. Voir plus.

‘’Itinéraires’’ Le Dernier Rivage

Vanuatu fiction novel “Cargo Cult” soon to launch

Cargo Cult has just been released and is already gaining popularity on its website and facebook page. The author Nick Gorshen, has announced the official launch of the book in Vila will be at Stellaview on 14th December 2013.

Mardi 26 Nov sur NC - A ne pas manquer, mardi 26 novembre sur France Télévisions Nouvelle Calédonie 1ère dans l’émission ‘’Itinéraires’’ : Le Dernier Rivage ‘’Le Dernier Rivage’’ est un documentaire de 52 minutes, qui sera diffusé le 26 Novembre 2013 dans l’émission calédonienne ‘’Itinéraires’’... Voir plus.

VTO website newcomer Tafutuna Cultural Experience

With its awe-inspiring warriors, exotic dances and unique customs, Futuna is a spectacular and mysterious place. Tafutuna Cultural Experience offers a first-hand insight into this tiny island’s incredibly rich culture, in a beautiful rainforest clearing near Lenakel, on Tanna island. Let our Futuna warriors impress you with our traditional dances, and shock you with our ability to walk over hot coals. Learn about our traditional lifestyles, and have a taste of our traditional food and kava as well.. Go to page.

Trade & Media BTV Cable promotes Vanuatu to Japan on youtube

VTO thanks BTV Cable for capturing and promoting Ni-Vanuatu beauty and talents at the final evening of the Miss Vanuatu pageant as well as film local chefs and students of the Tourism school. Thanks to the ongoing support from The Melanesian Hotel & South Pacific Tours. View the clips here: APTC/Vanuatu Tourism School and Miss Vanuatu competition evening.

Events & Festivals Happy National Culture Week!!! * 18-22 NOVEMBER 2013 * Vanuatu Cultural Centre commemorates Ambrym volcanic eruption century later

By Alcina Charlie, e-Marketing officer: On Friday 15th November 2013, I was invited to attend the opening of an exhibition to commemorate 100 years after the explosive eruptions of Mt Marum and Benbow on the island of Ambrym, which caused thousands to flee their home seeking safer refuge in neighboring Malekula and Epi islands, as well as Efate where Melemaat village currently resides. Read more.

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