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Tuesday 23th July 2013 Issue23

Inside: VTO Out n’ About News from the office Industry News Media & Trade Events & Entertainment Publisher: VTO. Host : Design: VTO. Cover © Photo credits: Guillaume Laisse, Len Garae, Holiday Inn Resort, Salt Water Player, Round Island Relay, Fest Napuan. © 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 . Website

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Australian Sky Racing captures Kiwanis Race

A fortnight ago, the Australian Sky Racing TV crew (seen filming in above photo) invited by the VTO, flew to Port Vila purposely to cover the annual Kiwanis Horse race and all associated events from Wednesday 10th to Mon 15th July 2013. The TV crew featured the Kiwanis Charity Race and also filmed the Kiwanis ball, and the Carbine Club luncheon and the race day. Sky Racing’s shooting at the race was basically to promote the horse race and attract more overseas visitors as well as jockies for future events. The VTO acknowledges Air Vanuatu and the Kiwanis Club for their assistance, cooperation and coordination of the event.

Evergreen Tours launches new WIFI Money Exchange and Souvenir Shop

After fourteen years of operation, Evergreen has come up with more services for tourists visiting the falls. The VTO congratulates Evergreen Tours for launching their 1) Wi Fi at the Cascades Poolside bar, adding another bonus for all guests (purchased at bar), 2) ATM Pacific machine at the Cascades Pool bar. ATM machine only accepts international cards and provides Australian $ 50 notes. 3) Evergreen Tours new souvenir shop, next to their main head office in town sells Evergreen merchandize. Congrats again to the team!!

Local Industry

VTO Staff Out & About - What have we been up to lately? VTO staff went on an adventure at Rentabao last week. “Eden on the River” is a privately owned estate of absolute untouched rain forest and stunning natural beauty, which staff thoroughly appreciated & enjoyed the beauty and tranquility. The group was warmly welcomed by Eden's friendly staff and received a personalized narrated tour of the beautiful tropical gardens before entering into the lush rainforest. A quick preparatory talk, then it was time to get ready to walk and swing across from point to point over Rentabao river. Staff even got up close with some of the wild life, and enjoyed wandering through the gardens. The VTO thanks Eden’s Management for their hospitality and congratulates the owners for a fantastic product.

Trade & Media Slowing down in Malekula

Posted by Anne Morris on Air Vanuatu blog: If asked for three words to describe Malekula I would go with – raw, remote and paradise. It is not for people who want swim up bars, cocktails, spas and kids’ clubs, but for me it was paradise. Think of beautiful guesthouses made from local materials and owners who treat you like you are one of the family – Malekula has this coupled with a unique and fascinating culture. Malekula sees only small numbers of travellers each year and I was fortunate enough to experience this hidden island gem. With a population of over 20,000, Malekula is the second largest island in Vanuatu’s archipelago, its people speak over 20 languages and I was there to discover the island’s intricate culture and remote island life. Just over an hour’s flight from Port Vila we landed at Norsup airport, an airport unlike anything I had ever seen. Set in a beautiful lush location facing the sea surrounded by mountains, with a roofless building and certainly no perfume counter! It was picture perfect from the moment we stepped off the plane. After grabbing my backpack I sparked up conversation with the locals who were hanging around. They didn’t appear to be actually waiting for anyone but just acting as an unofficial welcome party. They pointed me in the direction of my ride, the back of a 4WD ute, I climbed in with excited anticipation, eager to see where we would end up…. Read more

Vanuatu on BTVCable TV (Japan)

The Melanesian Hotel, and same time inbound VTO Japanese rep based here in Port Vila has advised that this month Vanuatu was promoted in a Japanese online travel website here: 11501008-n1.htm Also latest news on “Let’s go Vanuatu”, Ms Rie has uploaded a clip on Youtube which covered a report on Port Vila Day cleanup and The Summit which can be viewed here . The VTO acknowledges both The Melanesian for their continuous support in promoting Vanuatu in Japan. Arigatou gozaimasu!

EVENTS & festivals

EVENTS & festivals FEST NAPUAN – PORT VILA, VANUATU 16TH – 20TH October 2013 Theme “Rize up with my culture / Stanap wetem kalja blong mi”

Fest'Napuan is set to return to the Pacific capital Port Vila for the 18th consecutive year: 1620th October 2013. Described by past performers One Million Dollars (New Zealand), as “a wall of thick, hot tropical air, coconut trees swaying in the breeze... Read more.

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Vanuatu Tourism's newsletter for Children's Day week. Featured in this issue is a visit to Eden on the River, and Malekula island.