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Vanuatu wins Travellers' Choice™ 2012 Destinations on the Rise – South Pacific The Vanuatu Tourism Office has just been advised by Tripadvisor, that Vanuatu - Port Vila has won an award for Destination on the Rise –South Pacific, voted by the large volume of travellers on Tripadvisor . Vanuatu is the only south pacific island nation that is a winner for the category alongside Australia and New Zealand. The VTO congratulates all industry members, colleagues, partners and stakeholders, for the team effort in ensuring that guests enjoy and experience a memorable holiday which promotes Vanuatu for such awards. Well done everybody! View winners for Destinations on the Rise – South Pacific.

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Vanuatu Tourism Office, PO Box 209, Port Vila, Vanuatu. Ph (678) 22515 / 22685. Web www.vanuatu.travel Email tourism@vanuatu.travel


VANUATU TOUISM OFFICE UPDATES

What ticks at the Vanuatu Tourism and Hospitality School By Alcina Charlie, VTO Senior Communications: On Monday this week, I was invited by a student of the Vanuatu School of Tourism and Hospitality, Jim Talivo, to be a guest in his practical exam. When asked exactly what I was to do, Jim replied “Just turn up and I will serve you lunch while my supervisors and examiners mark me in various categories”. Jim is a family relation but I saw the offer as an excellent opportunity to also write news on the Vanuatu Tourism School’s latest developments. I made contact with Mr Johnny Garae, Head Of Vanuatu school of Hospitality & Tourism, and arrived at the school as planned. The institution’s front house lobby had a touch of boutique with a comfortable lounge, a vase on the counter with fresh flowers and gingers which accompanied the receptionist’s smile and her meet & greet. I was warmly welcomed. Immediately, Mr Garae came to see me and we got on with the interview in the lobby. I was briefed on the school’s developments and the practical exams that the students have been going through and will complete next week. Approximately, there are 130 students going through their exams in the following areas: kitchen, restaurant, and house-keeping. Read more.

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Photos taken at Vanuatu tourism’s power house, where students are trained to become top workers in the tourism and hospitality industry. Top row left to right: reception, restaurant diners, bar students. Middle left to right: Jim brings out lunch, kitchen students getting busy during exam, delicious entrée. Bottom row left to right: very satisfying main meal, Mr Johnny Garae (left) and Jim Talivo (right), HTLTC Entrance signage. Photos by Alcina Charlie.


INDUSTRY NEWS Tafea Tourism shines at Wik Blong Vanuatu

Vanuatu Ecotours tops the list on Tripadvisor

Tafea Tourism has announced that 7 members participated at the Wik Blong Vanuatu, which is by far the biggest number achieved for the province. The team was led by Tafea Tourism Council (TTC) chairlady Merian Numake. The team took with them all members flyers and brochures which were displayed at TTC’s booth. The flyers were mostly printed in french to suit the New Caledonian market. TTC is working hard to prepare for connecting flights from Noumea to Tanna Whitegrass airport that is scheduled for early next year which follows after the complete installation of electricity at the Whitegrass airport. Ms Numake confirmed that TTC’s booth was very popular with visitors and common enquiries asked were on Yasur volcano, authenic villages & experiences, eco-adventures & nature tours such as the underwater blue cave, waterfalls, wild horses , hot springs, and much more. According to Ms Numake, shows such as Wik Blong Vanuatu are perfect to showcase Tafea Province and the overall destination which has resulted to steady increase in the number of visitors from Noumea to Tanna & the surrounding islands. Tafea Tourism team were Merian Numake, John Nicolls, Samuel Numake, Annabelle, Anna Bani, Daniel Ringiau, and Rex Morgan Ialulu. TTC congratulates the organizers of Wik Blong Vanuatu for their fine efforts and especially thanks its sponsors for their support and assistance ; Vanuatu Tourism Office, Department of Tourism, Air Vanuatu, Tafea Provincial Government, Capital FM107, Entani Limited, Whitegrass Resort, Tanna Evergreen Resort, and Tanna Black Magic Tour.

Air Vanuatu office (Sydney Australia) moved Air Vanuatu has a new office and postal address in Sydney. Address is: Suite W2E, 75-85 O’Riordan Street Alexandria, NSW 2015 Telephone: 02 8335 4600 Fax: 02 9669 4800

Vanuatu Ecotours has reached more than 200 Excellent rating on Tripadvisor which has raised the tour profile to number 1 out of 42 activities in Port Vila activities listing Click here .The VTO congratulates Pascal Guillet and his team for their achievement. All new Mele Bay Express Bus Service

The Mele Bay Express Bus Service travels directly between the Anchor Inn in town and The Summit in Mele Bay. For tourists from town, the bus departs from The Anchor Inn at 11am every day, and the return journey departs from The Summit at 2pm. The bus also provides services to Devils Point Road attractions, Tanna Coffee, and Vanuatu Kayaking/Benjor on request. The trip each way takes 25 minutes. For visitors staying at accommodation along Devils Point Road who wish to use the service, the bus departs from The Summit at 9am and from the Anchor Inn at 3pm. The return ticket is 1,000 vatu or $A10 per person. One way tickets are 500 vatu or $A5. Local Mele Bay legs are 250 vatu each. For more information, email Katrina Sali on katrina.sali@thesummitvanuatu.com .


INDUSTRY NEWS Evergreen Tours Festive Season Closure Dates

Evergreen Management wishes to advise all that the Evergreen Tour office in town will be closed on this following dates: December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st 2012, and January 1st & 2nd 2013. During these dates Evergreen will only be operating cruise and prepaid tours. The Mele Cascades Entrance will be open as per usual. Increase On Admission Fees And Tour Prices: Evergreen Tours would also like to advise all that as of January 1st 2013, the Cascades admission fees will increase to: Tourist VATU AUD$ Adult 2000 25 Child 1000 15 For further queries on local rates & new prices, call the Evergreen Tours office on +678 23050.

WEBSITE NEWCOMER

Island Escapes understands that organising a holiday is one of the most important tasks people do. Choosing where to go, when to go and which hotel to stay in can be overwhelming given the choice on offer, the accessibility of information via the internet, friend’s recommendations and long held aspirations. Read more.

September 2012 statics a highlight!

Thanks to colleagues at the Vanuatu Statistics Office, this week, the statics for September arrivals showed the following highlights: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Highest month on record for a single month holiday arrivals by air Cruise Ship arrivals have already exceeded 2011 with 3 months still to report The NZ market share has recovered to 14% of all holiday arrivals The numbers travelling for conferences have also showed positive signs.

View complete report by clicking here. Maskelyne Island Eco Tourism Association News

Maskelyne Island Eco Tourism Association have been working very hard and have achieved some really good results seeing number of visitors to this remote island this year increased. The association was established in 2010 involving grassroots community organised comprised of stakeholders and community leaders and customary landowners from four different villages in the island group. They strongly enhance service delivery and promote Maskelyne as a great tourism destination. For more information on tours and accommodation please go to http://maskelynetourism.blogspot.com Read more.


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