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2006 Vanuatu Travel News

Month by month index of 2006 Vanuatu newsletters

There was only one double issue of Vanuatu travel newsletter in 2006, published in January. All other newsletters were published monthly - 13 issue in all for the year. Below is the index of news items, month by month.

5. January 2006 - The Travel Bug 10

  • Japan, Solomon Islands Strengthen Ties via Airport Runway Project - Honiara International Airport restoration financed by Japanese government  
  • Ozeania Resisen AG Update - Clare Walker acquires the majority share in the company  
  • Pacific Blue Wings On - the airline's capacity doubled to and from Fiji in a year  

20. January 2006 - The Travel Bug 11

  • 2006 Vanuatu TOK TOK Confirmed for October 26-27 - the annual event to be held at Iririki Island Resorts & Spa  
  • Pacific Region Gets New French Ambassador - H.E. Patrick Roussel becomes new Pacific Community French ambassador  
  • PNG Government Announces Tourism Incentives - 2006 national budget's new incentives  
  • New Association for Tour Operators in PNG - a new voice for PNG tour operators 

February 2006 - The Travel Bug 12

  • South Pacific Village – PATA Travel Mart 2006 - scheduled for Hong Kong in mid September  
  • Space Still Available at Swedish Travel Show in March  
  • South Pacific’s Biggest Resort Pool Complex - Iririki, Vanuatu - pouring concrete for the new pool and spa complex  
  • India - The Next Asian Tiger - a key destination for business leisure travellers  
  • South Korea Now a Tourism 'Superpower' - over 10 million South Koreans travelled abroad in 2005  

March 2006 - The Travel Bug 13

  • The Site - new website developed by John and Silvana Nicholls  
  • Bali to Host PATA Travel Mart 2007 - September/October dates to be announced soon  
  • Good Tips for Yachties Visiting Vanuatu - new site helps cruising yachtsmen get the most from their Vanuatu islands sailing  
  • SPTO Taking Pacific Tourism to ITB - representing the South Pacific region at the Berlin show 

April 2006 - The Travel Bug 14

  • Reel in the Vanuatu Marlin Classic in June 2006 - sport fishing event  
  • PATA Takes Charge of ‘Profit in the Pacific’ - the conference addresses the most important issues affecting tourism in Pacific  
  • VTO at the House of Travel Expo - the New Zealand roadshow travel expo  
  • South Pacific Village Wins 3rd Best Exhibition Stand at ITB’s Australia/Oceania Region  

May 2006 - The Travel Bug 15

  • Telecom Vanuatu Round Island Relay Prepares for July  
  • Historical Land Dive Gets Underway - Pentecost Island Nagol ceremony  
  • New 4-Star Hotel and Casino for Port Vila - 4-star Le Grand Hotel and Casino on the Port Vila waterfront  
  • 2006 Christmas Island New Facility - new beachfront "The Villages" lagoon resort  
  • Further Australian Support to the Vanuatu Tourism Office - new graphic designer for VTO  
  • Island Wedding for Hollywood Actress - Tori Spelling wedds in Fiji 

June 2006 - The Travel Bug 16

  • Top World Swimmers For Vanuatu Ocean Swims  
  • New Vanuatu Hospitality Training Academy - le Grand Hotel & Casino owners to host the new academy  
  • Air Pacific Buys Out Sun Air - Fiji - acquisition in line with Air Pacific's domestic routes expansion  
  • Fiji and Queensland’s Champagne Job for Vanuatu Tourism - Virgin Pacific Blue promoting packages to both Fiji and Queensland  

July 2006 - The Travel Bug 17

  • Vanuatu's "Celebrity Survivor" - Australia's Channel Seven announces its Celebrity Survivor show cast  
  • PROFIT in the Pacific 2006 – Le Lagon Resort, Port Vila, Vanuatu  
  • World Game Fishing Records Tumble in Vanuatu  
  • New Caledonia Scoops Harbour in Vanuatu Ocean Swim - French New Caledonian swimmers scoop both mens and womens 1st places  
  • Jackie Chan Joins UNWTO to Promote Tourism  

August 2006 - The Travel Bug 18

  • Air New Zealand Adds Vanuatu to its Pacific Island Network  
  • Vanuatu and Espiritu Santo Ocean Swims Prove Popular - around 200 swimmers and their families attend the events  
  • PATA Sustainable Tourism Committee Update - "responsible development" and "the sustainable growth" the most appropriate for future tourism development  
  • New Green Globe Website Launched - revamped website provides 3 main sections  
  • Pacific Casino Hotel Rebuilds – on Solomon Islands - in full swing by the 2007 

September 2006 - The Travel Bug 19

  • Qantas Signs Codeshare Arrangement with Air China  
  • New PNG to Australia Air Service Begins - between Brisbane and Port Moresby  
  • New Zealand to Niue Air Service Update - new weekly flight proving successful  
  • Update on Tourism Situation in Solomon Islands - passengers increase on Brisbane to Honiara route  
  • Australia’s Tourism Industry Praises Government Decision to Uphold 40-year Pact - between the tourism industry and the Commonwealth government 

October 2006 - The Travel Bug 20

  • Vanuatu Showcases Products, Destination in Neighbouring Noumea  
  • New Zealand Voted ‘Hip’ by Britons - "the world's coolest travel destination", according to British CoolBrands  
  • Successful South Pacific Fest 40 Event in Orange County USA  
  • French Polynesia Plans Opening of Chinese Consulate in October  

November 2006 - The Travel Bug 21

  • Nomads Moorings Hotel Update - to appeal to a wide range of intrepid travellers  
  • New ESTA Committee for Santo, Vanuatu  
  • Aussies Take Fiji Ocean Swim Titles  
  • Surfing Titles in January 2007 for PNG  
  • Miss South Pacific Pageant Tickets on Sale in Samoa  
  • PATA to Launch Chinese-language Forecasts at CITM - China International Travel Market  

December 2006 - The Travel Bug 22

  • Vanuatu PM opens PROFIT in the PACIFIC  
  • Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Welcome New Air Link  
  • Vanuatu 2007 Calendar of Events online  
  • Kiwis Are Martyrs When It Comes To Taking Holidays - "Kiwis" don't take enough holidays and feel guilty when they do, according Air New Zealand's research  
  • South Pacific Tourism leads delegation to China International Travel Mart  
  • Sixty Years Serving World Tourism - UNWTO - United Nations World Tourism Organisation (formerly WTO) 

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