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2005 Vanuatu Travel News

Month by month index of 2005 Vanuatu newsletters

In 2005 there were 9 Vanuatu travel newsletters published, the first one being in June 2005. In November and December two issues were published, one each fortnight. The June 2005 newsletter was the inaugural, or the first issue of our Vanuatu travel newsletter - The Travel Bug.

June 2005 - The Travel Bug 1

  • Hot-mail at Volcano Post Box - Vanuatu Post placing a mailbox on Mt Yasur volcano  
  • New Swim Events at Santo and Iririki Islands - two annual Vanuatu swimming events  
  • Asian Destinations on the Rise in World Tourism Ranking - Asian destinations strengthen their ranking  

July 2005 - The Travel Bug 2

  • Vanuatu Celebrates 25 Years of Independence - "Silver Jubilee" celebrations in Vanuatu  
  • Silver Jubilee Round Island Relay - the annual race held on 31st July, first organized in 1980  
  • Worawia Winter Specials - To celebrate Vanuatu's Silver Jubilee, Worawia resort offers special rates  
  • Qantas and Tourism Australia in New Partnership - 3-year golbal destination marketing partnership  
  • Virgin Signs Deal with Sister Carrier Down Under - Virgin Atlantic signs a code share deal with Australian Virgin Blue  

August 2005 - The Travel Bug 3

  • Vanuatu Music Fest 13-16 October 2005 - The biggest music event in South Pacific, Fest'Napuan  
  • Melbourne-Vanuatu Ocean Race Set for 2006 - The first ever ocean sailing race between Vanuatu and Melbourne  
  • Launch of Vanuatu Hospitality Award Coming Soon - VHRA announces the first Vanuatu Hospitality Award  
  • Moon Handbooks South Pacific Update - The leading provider of South Pacific travel guidebooks announces its most recent edition  

September 2005 - The Travel Bug 4

  • The Internet: Consumers’ Favourite Travel Planning Destination - consumers are increasingly turning to the internet for their travel planning  
  • Appetites Growing for Tourists Seeking Food and Drink - Culinary Tourism a new travel trend  

October 2005 - The Travel Bug 5

  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain - Best Western - Adding Virtual Tours - 360-degree 'virtual tour' for Best Western's North American properties  
  • PATA Reaffirms Advisory Policy - greater transparency and accountability in issuing travel advisories  
  • Sydney Goes After Indian Tourists - two new forums aimed at increasing visitors from India  
  • Internet to Overtake Agents/Operators Before End of Decade - the internet to overtake travel agents and operators for booking travel  

10. November 2005 - The Travel Bug 6

  • Over-reaction to Avian Flu Could Damage Tourism Industry - WTO to meet with WHO to combat avian flu impact on international tourism  
  • New Airbus Supersonic Jet Planned - a new generation of supersonic passenger jets  
  • No Passenger Data Exchange - The European Parliament rejects EU-Canada deal to collect airline passengers' data  
  • Brazilians Begin Fiji Travel - more visitors from Brazil coming to South Pacific  
  • Pacific Blue to Commence AKL/RAR Services - twice weekly Auckland-Rarotonga service  
  • Destination Marketing at Work in Vanuatu - Airlines and tourism associations' new program designed to fill occupancy gaps  

25. November 2005 - The Travel Bug 7

  • P&O Announces Growth in 2006 Vanuatu Visits - more P&O cruisers visit Vanuatu  
  • ACP – EU Tourism Partnership Signed - tourism partnership agreement between African, Caribbean, and Pacific nations and the EU  
  • Pacific Blue Touches Down in Tonga - the first (Virgin) Pacific Blue flight arrives to Tonga  
  • Qantas Walks Away from Singapore Deal - merger with Singapore Airlines off the agenda  

12. December 2005 - The Travel Bug 8

  • Worawia’s proud to be one of sponsors in Typo Station raffle - sponsoring one of the prizes in Type Station's raffle  
  • Tourism Worth $2.6b to South Pacific - South Pacific tourism has grown over 60 percent since 2000  
  • 7,200 new airplanes for the Asia-Pacific region - USD 770 billion worth of new planes to be delivered to South Pacific over the next 20 years  
  • Air New Zealand Voted Best Business Class Airline Australasia - World Travel Awards in London  
  • Maxi Priest ‘2 The Max Tour’ 2005 - "The King of Lover's Rock" coming to Tonga  
  • Significantly More Travellers Plan and Book Trips Online - almost 80 percent of Americans turn to internet for their travel planning  

25. December 2005 - The Travel Bug 9

  • Air Vanuatu Update - third weekly Port Vila - Auckland service introduced  
  • AVL Focuses on Safety - Airports Vanuatu Limited gets another fire truck  
  • GEO Magazine Coming to Vanuatu - The French-speaking magazine to run a Vanuatu feature  
  • “60 Minutes” Fails South Pacific Cultures - New Zealand's 60 Minutes program airs a direspectful story about Vanuatu  
  • ORBIS - Saving Sight Worldwide - IAPA announces its support for international sight saving charity, ORBIS 

Archive  2006 ยป


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