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Tuesday 5th November 2013 Issue 36

Welcome back Miss Vanuatu!! Valerie Martinez, arrives after competing in south Korea at the Miss Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant

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

News from the office Miss Vanuatu – Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant Contest

Media release: The Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 went well and we were very proud of our Miss Vanuatu. She took her place in this World Event very confident and proud. There were a total of 43 contestants from around the world and of course you can image to level of competition and at the end Miss India was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific World 2013. Read more.

VTO hosts top media professionals from China in Vanuatu famil

Local Industry Island Kakae dish takes top marks of the competition

Above photo: Lina Singo’s Island Kakae dish of Pan Fried Poulet that won her a Gold Medal with Distinction – 100 out of a possible 100 points. For release 30th October 2013: The week long Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show showcased exceptional Vanuatu cuisine. A standout would have to be the only dish to be awarded Gold medal with Distinction – a full 100/100 possible points that was awarded to Lina Singo of the Holiday Inn Resort for her superior island kakae dish of pan fried poulet. Read more.

Tafea Tourism Council new website

Photo above: Vanuatu’s Chinese Ambassador and his wife, Ambassador H.E. Xie Bohua and Mrs. Zhao Yan, the World Bank representative, Mr Sebastien Bador, SPTO rep, translator and chinese media delegates pose for a group photo at the Holiday Inn Resort. The Vanuatu Tourism Office facilitated itineraries of a dozen top travel writers and media personnels from China who were in Vanuatu from 26th to 29th October, and left with smiles and well wishes to return again, and plenty of stories to share about Vanuatu in China. The republic of China, through its China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), invites annually South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) members, and this year they have chosen Vanuatu, to be included in their main travel show which is only evident that China wants to strengthen its relationships and ties with its Pacific island neighbors seriously. Read more.

Tafea Tourism Council has a new website, which promotes members including accommodation providers and tour operators in the province, an image gallery, information about Tafea Tourism, google map of each islands in the province, and very soon visitor testimonials and a blog for the Tafea Tourism will be enabled on the website. To visit go to

Publisher & Design: VTO. Host : Images: IG Media (front cover), David Kirkland (back cover), Sebastien Bador, VCFHA, TTC, Skal Port Vila, SPTO, Wademan, Air Vanuatu, MV Hanseatic, Tamanu Resort. © 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

Local Industry Air Vanuatu introduces Island Hopper flights

Cameron Morrison Tamanu Executive Chef & Salon Culinaire 2013 Judge

Media release: Aussies flying to Vanuatu can book flights to Santo or Tanna for under $100 . Air Vanuatu is offering Australians travelling to Vanuatu the chance to add an outer island to their journey for less than AUD100 (including taxes) when they book return flights from Australia to Port Vila. Read more.

Barista 2013 Champion is…

For release: It was exciting having the 5th edition of Barista championship 2013 in Port Vila during the Salon Culinaire last week. Every year the best coffee makers of Vanuatu from all the resorts, restaurants and cafés compete to demonstrate their coffee techniques and creativity. Read more.

Ms Hanseatic arrives this week

By Management of Tamanu on the Beach: In 2011, Cameron Morrison worked in Fiji with 35 chefs in his brigade at which time he entered a team of his best chefs into the Salon Culinaire, Fiji. Cameron was also invited to judge in this event so when he was asked to assist as a judge in this year’s Salon Culinaire, Vanuatu, he jumped at the opportunity. Read more.

Skål Port Vila Hosts Inter-Club Gathering 26th and 27th October 2013

On Monday this week, MS Hanseatic made its first trip for the year to Port Vila, handled by Evergreen Tours cruise department. Onboard service is 5 stars and the cruiseline carrying capacity is 184 passengers. The Hanseatic was honored with the "Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2011" – and thus for the most extraordinary itineraries in the most beautiful and remote regions of the world, and this week it moored at Port Vila wharf. The VTO would like to congratulate Evergreen Tours for Hanseatic cruiseliner’s visit this week.

Click on table to download cruise schedule to December

The Skål Club of Port Vila, Vanuatu hosted an Inter-Club Event on the week-end of 26th and 27th October’13 to foster friendships between other nearby Skål Clubs. Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders from around the world promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Read more.

Trade & Media Honeymoon at Trees & Fishes

VirtualTourist announces The 8th Wonder of the World Is...

Thank you for participating in VirtualTourist's hunt to find the 8th Wonder of the World. After more than five million votes worldwide, voters chose Turismo Chile’s entry of Torres del Paine National Park as the 8th Wonder of the World. Virtual Tourist has advised the VTO that Yasur Volcano, Tanna island, Vanuatu is ranked 160th in thousands of entries. Thank you everyone who voted and a special thanks to Ms Kimberly S Wason for keeping the office up to date with the latest development in the Virtual Tourist competition. By – latest OB News: Janet Moyer and Mark Varnam recently spent their honeymoon in Vanuatu and couldn’t resist incorporating a week at Trees and Fishes. The moons aligned with perfect weather and hot fishing. Janet and Mark encountered some trophy Mahi Mahi, GT’s, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and jobfish plus much more. “Staying at Trees and Fishes is like having the red carpet rolled out for you, the meals are a highlight” mentioned Janet. The fishing didn’t disappoint either. View online here.

Trade & Media

Events & Festivals Dates For Kiwanis Race Week 2014

- Media releases -


For immediate release: The cold Northern Hemisphere autumn is expected to be overtaken by a warm tropical treat when a troupe of six (6) South Pacific Island destinations advance on a 3-days United Kingdom roadshow from the 29 – 31 October, 2013. Read more


For release: Consistent with the outcome of the 2013 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting for recognizing the importance of Asian economic growth and development and to embrace the opportunities available to Forum Island Countries, the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), for the first time is leading the region’s participation at ITBA Asia in Singapore. Read more. Photo: ITB – Asia was attended by Ms Pamela Reynolds who represented Vanuatu Tourism as well as Breakas Beach Resort.

14th, 16th & 17th

Media release: The Kiwanis Club of Port Vila recently announced that the Kiwanis Charity Race Week will shift to August in 2014. Kiwanis President, Mark Stafford, says that, “this shift is due to a number of factors. We have studied the weather patterns over a number of years and we know that August is a better weather month than our traditional July period. We have also received a lot of good feedback from the horse fraternity; the airlines; and tourism industry all of whom are pleased with the change to August.” Read more.

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Miss Vanuatu returns after competing in Miss Asia Pacific World Beauty Pageant, in south Korea. Congratulations and well done Valerie Martin...