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Monday 19th August 2013 Issue 26

Inside: News from the office VTO Out n About Website Newcomer Industry News Trade & Media Events & Festivals Entertainment


New from the office

CLICK HERE For Tok Tok update #6

Vanuatu.travel now multi-lingual & video friendly

The Vanuatu Tourism Office is excited to announce that Vanuatu.travel now has Google Translation added to the website so viewers from all nationalities can access information in their own languages. The website can automatically be translated into any languages our viewers select from a drop-down menu. In addition to the VTO website now being readable in all languages, operators can also have their youtube videos play on their webpages at no charge. Management and staff of the VTO would like to acknowledge Ms Estelle Asmodelle and her team at Ellenet Internet Digital and Web Solutions for assisting the VTO in accomplishing these latest developments. Operators email your Youtube video link to website@vanuatu.travel to add to your webpage.

‘Tok Tok Vanuatu’ Tradeshow Postponed

Media release 15 August 2013: Vanuatu Tourism Office has today announced that Vanuatu’s 2013 Tok Tok tradeshow, which was scheduled for 27-30 August, will now take place between 12-15 November 2013. The annual tradeshow has been postponed due to Air Vanuatu’s normal aircraft not being available and Vanuatu Tourism Office is contacting all attendees today to advise of the postponement. Air Vanuatu’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft is currently undergoing planned maintenance in Singapore and will not be reintroduced into service until early September. Air Vanuatu continues to operate its normal schedule with a smaller chartered aircraft but due to its limited capacity will not be able to meet the demand of Tok Tok. Air Vanuatu manager Floyd Smith confirms that the airline is fulfilling its obligations to customers but due to the limited capacity of the chartered aircraft has taken the decision to defer Tok Tok. “Air Vanuatu regrets that this decision will cause disruption to the travel plans of many of our industry partners but we look forward to welcoming you on board our aircraft when the event takes place later in the year,” Mr Smith said. We appreciate your understanding.” Vanuatu Tourism Office general manager Linda Kalpoi says “this was a hard decision but we had no other option considering the timing of the maintenance and the impact it would have on Tok Tok.”. The Tok Tok tradeshow offers wholesalers and travel industry buyers the opportunity to meet with local suppliers, exchange ideas and learn about upcoming opportunities in Vanuatu, as well as experience some highlights of this South Pacific destination firsthand. To discuss or amend bookings with Air Vanuatu please contact Katie White on kwhite@airvanuatu.com.au or phone + 61 (0) 2 8335 4646. For additional information on Tok Tok Vanuatu 2013, please contact Anne Morris, Australian Representative, Vanuatu Tourism Office on australia@vanuatu.travel or phone + 61 (0) 2 9028 3577. For more information on Vanuatu please visit www.vanuatu.travel

Publisher: VTO. Host : Issuu.com. Design & Cover: VTO. Credit: White Grass Ocean Resort, Julia King, Sebastien Bador, Tanna Island Dreams, Kayaking Vanuatu, Daily Post. © 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 tourism@vanuatu.travel . Website www.vanuatu.travel


VTO Staff Out & About Last week, the VTO GM, Management and staff were seen at the Micro Finance Trade Fair, as well as busy facilitating the Port Vila Beautification Project signing between Vanuatu & the New Zealand Government. Photos below.

Website newcomer Tafi Garden Bungalow offers you an opportunity to experience traditional lifestyle of the Tannese people. The Tafi Garden Bungalow is built to a banyan tree of a height 20meters. Read more.

Tropical Retreat Bungalow

Tropical Retreat Bungalow offers you an opportunity to dive back a time nearly forgotten. Chief Jack and his community open their doors and hearts to all of their guests. Read more.

Talapua Oceanview Lodge

The Talapua Oceanview Lodge is located in Lenakel town, on the main street – Wharf Road – and contains 6 bedrooms, two showers, one kitchen, and two toilets. Read more.

Local Industry Kayaking Vanuatu launches new website

Kayaking Vanuatu has launched their brand new website including their brand new image gallery, social media channels and much more. The proud Managing Directors Charmaine and Terry Roberts, were excited when they updated the VTO about their revamped website which boasts tropical colours as well as big and bold images taken of their guests having fun and enjoying their tour. The VTO congratulates Terry & Charmaine for their new website and looks forward in working together to further promoting Vanuatu. Visit Kayaking Vanuatu on http://kayakingvanuatu.com


Trade & Media Where Mount Yasur Vanuatu is at – Virtual Tourist

An 8th Wonder of the World update: Virtual Tourist has advised the VTO that Mount Yasur is currently in the Top 200* out of 334 nominations. We have 1 ½ months to move up the leaderboard as voting closes on September 30th so industry operators, colleagues, please remind your business partners, family, friends and fans to vote! To gain more votes, forward this link http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder and ask recipients to vote for Mount Yasur, Tanna, share the link on your social media channels, have the link in an email blast or newsletter to your subscriber base and ask them to vote for Mount Yasur. Top Place groups are Top 5, Top 10, Top 25, Top 50, Top 100, Top 150, Top 200, Top 250, Top 300, Top 350. Help the VTO help Vanuatu get into the finals and make us known to a wider scope of potential tourists!!!

EVENTS & festivals


EVENTS & festivals

Mini Zion Fest this week – Wednesday 21st August (source Daily Post, 26 July issue)

The land time forgot. And you’ll never forget. The refreshingly unaffected environment and people of Vanuatu create an unforgettable holiday. It’s a magical ancient culture blessed with everything from deserted sandy beaches to active volcanoes. Both relaxation and adventure are just hours away.


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