Page 1

Thursday 15th November 2012 Issue 02 Feature VTO News Industry News Trade and Media Website Newcomer Events & Entertainment Ads & Specials

The far northern province is fast approaching their signature festival that takes place annually, towards the end of the year. This unique festival offers visitors a golden opportunity to witness an ancient method of traditional fishing using coconuts leaves tied together to form a kilo meter long fish trap. This is a time when men, women and children of Rah Island in Torres and neighbouring villages of Motalava in the Banks islands, assemble to weave the long line and catch fish. Visitors are invited to join the locals to make their bow and arrows and partake in St Andrew’s festival scheduled for 28th to 30th November, 2012. The day’s catch will all be prepared and served during the festival and visitors will also witness Rah’s special "Volcano baking", attend a local church service, and later be entertained with cultural festivities not seen anywhere else in the world. Continue on pg 3 for travel package and itinerary details.

Editor/Publisher: VTO Online host: Design: V TO Photo credits: VTO, J&S Tourism Consulting , Wrecks to Rainforest, Warwick Le Lagon, Cruise NZ, Grand Hotel, Paul Boyce, Vanuatu Beachvolley, Tanna Iwaru, ©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. Web Email


Wik Blong Vanuatu a great success Industry members who participated in the Wik Blong Vanuatu in Noumea, returned this week with excitement and positive outlook towards results from the trade fair organized by Chamber of Commerce with the support of trade and industry such as the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Air Vanuatu, Government ministries and departments, and the private sector. The New Caledonian market continues to grow with an increase of 18% more visitors compared to last year from January to end July which is a result of the Vanuatu Tourism Office taking the lead in more marketing activities since the beginning of the year. The Vanuatu Tourism Office acknowledges the organizers and industry support from all Vanuatu participants and looks forward to continuously supporting in the next event.

Random photos of what the staff of VTO have been up to lately


n’ About

Last week’s snap shots of Sebastien (Events & Trade Manager), Jacquie (Admin Officer), and Martine (New Caledonian rep) at Wik Blong Vanuatu.

INDUSTRY NEWS Fish and fish at St Andrew’s Fesival …continued…

Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines enter partnership

Fly with Air Vanuatu - Cost 56,600 vt (A$610) per person (Cost include return Air Vanuatu domestic flight Santo Motalava, 4 nights Rah Paradise beach bungalow stay with all local and fresh meals, washing, return boat transfer, porter, Sleeping mountain entrance fee, shell money, snake dance performances) Fly your own charter flight with Vanuatu Seaplanes - Cost 177,000 vt (A$1,904) per person (min 2) - Cost 128,000 vt (A$1,377) per person (min 3) (include your own return charter flight Santo Motalava, 4 nights Rah Paradise beach bungalow stay with all local and fresh meals, washing, return boat transfer, porter, Sleeping mountain entrance fee, shell money, snake dance performances) Donation request to the community from 5,000 vt per person. Photos from last year’s festival (Courtesy of Wrecks to Rainforest) 46.476601.327159184745&type=3 Click here for program from 26th – 30th November. Contact Mayumi on +678 37365 or mobile +678 5547001. Email Website:

Warwick Le Lagon Vanuatu News – Warwick attends Wik blong Vanuatu By Wilfred Winau (pictured): “Wik Blong Vanuatu” in Noumea is one of the best selling and marketing events for Vanuatu and the resort, held every year. Being a top and leading family resort in Vanuatu, Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa was one of the participants of another successful event. It was a great opportunity to interact directly with customers and sell resort products to New Caledonian tourists, investors as well as locals, to spend their next holiday at Warwick in Vanuatu.

Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer has announced a new codeshare agreement with Solomon Airlines that will see more flights between Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji. “We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Solomon Airlines, with the first Vila-Honiara flight scheduled for this weekend,” he said. The partnership will effectively double the capacity on the Vila-Honiara route as well as add an additional 60 return seats between Vila and Nadi . This will also ensure airfares remain competitive,” Mr. Laloyer said. Air Vanuatu’s own Vila to Suva service is performing well and will continue to operate every Sunday. “Our Suva flight has been very popular with business and student travelers in particular, especially with our unmatched 30kg bag allowance and bigger aircraft,” Mr. Laloyer said. “The new agreement with Solomon Airlines will allow passengers to connect to other international flights from Nadi. Together, we have Fiji covered,” he said. Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll, Tel +67823838 Pacific Venus arrives on Saturday 10th November

Pacific Venus was built in 1998 for Japan Cruise Line and has remained in its service since. Japan Cruise Line operates Venus Cruise which Pacific Venus sails under, and whose parent company owns several ferry companies. Marketed only in Japan, it is a Japanese-speaking ship and is well suited to Japanese-speaking mature couples and single travellers who enjoy travelling in comfortable surroundings and good food and service at a moderate cost. This ship is often under charter, and in 2012/13 will make a fleeting visit to New Zealand, not dissimilar to its previous visits. Source

Grand Hotel and Casino announces new General Manager

VTOA on Facebook This week the Vanuatu Tour Operators Association updated the V TO on their newly created fan page on Facebook. All industry members are encouraged to go and “like” VTOA in order to be kept in the loop o f the association’s latest events and news. Link

The VTO congratulates New Zealander Mr Carey Norton as new General Manager for the Grand Hotel and Casino. Mr Norton spent the past nearly 7 years in New Zealand prior to 15 years in Australia managing four and five star properties. He moved from Heritage Queenstown, managing a 211 4.5 star award winning hotel in Queenstown New Zealand, for five and half years. Prior to that, Mr Norton was General Manager at Heritage Hanmer Springs, a boutique hotel in a mountain resort, 90 minutes north of Christchurch in New Zealand.

Vanuatu Beachvolley wins Queens Jubilee film award

In Australia, Mr Norton worked with Accor, Voyages, Stamford and Hyatt across Australia. Visit Grand Hotel and Casino on

Dive into the deep blue - Nanda Blue Hole By Paul Boyce: The blue holes on the island of Espiritu Santo are an amazing natural wonder that attracts tourist to Vanuatu from all over the world. With their crystal clear deep water surround by lush tropical rainforest, they create a magical wonderland to swim, dive, canoe and have fun. Blue holes are formed when mountain rainfall flows underground into limestone caves creating underground streams. The streams spring back to the surface near the coast to create deep circular ponds of fresh water called blue holes. As the water is so deep and pure the water appears as a magical blue colour. Often blue holes will form rivers that run to the ocean. Continue next page..

The Reporters' Academy who have been promoting the Vanuatu Beachvolley champions, have just announced that they will be meeting with Her Majesty the Queen next week to showcase the Vanuatu Champions in Beachvolley film “Our Journey” made on the girls achievements in international beachvolley tournaments around the world. The Reporters entered “Our Journey” in a film competition to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee year and was selected from 80,000 others as the winner to be presented to her Majesty the Queen. Given a high level of international media coverage that is zooming in on Vanuatu because of this fine achievement in beachvolley, the destination is once again being further promoted in Europe and around the world. The Vanuatu Tourism Office congratulates and acknowledges the Vanuatu Beach Volley Management and team for their milestone achievement. An official press release will follow shortly.

continued - Dive into the deep blue - Nanda Blue Hole Known as one of the most spectacular blue holes in Vanuatu, the Nanda Blue Hole, also called Jacquie's Blue Hole is named after the friendly land owner Jacquie. Located half way between Luganville and Champagne Beach along the East Coast Road, the blue hole has recently undergone improvements to provide facilities and easy access to day visitors. The Nanda Blue Hole features a magical crystal blue water hole surround by natural green rainforest.

Trade & media Christina Pfeiffer Trees and Fishes video The Vanuatu Tourism Office arranged for an Australian journalist, Christina Pfeiffer, to visit Vanuatu in October and she stayed at Trees and Fishes, The Terraces, Eratap Beach Resort and Vale Vale Beachfront Villas. Ms Pfeiffer has uploaded a video from her stay and fishing with Trees and Fishes on Youtube. View the footage here

WEBSITE NEWCOMER Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Read more .

Tanna Iwaru Beach Bungalows

Setup perfectly for day trippers, the blue hole has a large bungalow, bar, boardwalk and picnic area. For those with a sense of adventure a wooden water slide, rope and swing platform have been constructed around the blue hole. Tanna Iwaru Beach Bungalows are situated on the west coast of Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Come and enjoy an authentic Tanna experience in this untouched part of the world! If you like to surf, bring your surf board as we have good waves for fun rides just steps away from your bungalow. Read more.

There are several tour operators that have the Nanda Blue Hole included in their half or full day trips to explore Espiritu Santo. If you are staying on one of the many resorts along the East Coast the blue hole is only a short taxi ride away. For further information visit . is the leading hotel booking website in the world by room nights sold. The website provides all accommodation providers with a truly global exposure at a low cost. provides a cost-effective commission based model, offering hotels the opportunity to access global markets via the website and over 5,000 affiliate partners. works with a large range of accommodation product from small B&Bs and hostels to large-scale hotels. Read more.




VTO Island Nius 15th November 2012  

VTO Island Nius 15th November 2012