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2009 Travel Newsletters

Month by month index of 2009 newsletters

Vanuatu travel newsletter continues with its publishing in 2009, as monthly The Travel Bug newsletter. More Vanuatu holidays and travel news items and happenings, as well as from around the South Pacific.

January 2009 - The Travel Bug 47

  • Vanuatu Post ‘Ultimate Romantic Giveaway’ - a Valentine’s Day promotion 
  • Air Vanuatu Year Long Sale - popular 9,000 vatu fare available throughout 2009 
  • Japanese Cruise Ship Coming to Port Vila - one of Japan’s biggest cruise ships, MS ASUKA II, is coming to Vanuatu 
  • Melanesian Membership Benefits - countless specials available from the 1st April 2009 until the 31st March 2010 
  • Fatutu Eco Bungalows on Aniwa Island - an eco-community-bungalow project, owned & operated by the indigenous people of Aniwa Island 

February 2009 - The Travel Bug 48

  • Vanuatu Air Travel Growth at 30%! - incredibly solid growth in air travel demand 
  • Ambrym Volcano on Alert - Marum and Benbow volcanos now at level 2 of the Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level (VVAL) 
  • "Zorbing" down the Devil's Point Slope - a fun and unique ride down the picturesque Mele hills inside a 2.5 meters giant inflatable Hydro ball 
  • Jupiters Vanuatu Casino Opens on 6th February - new Vanuatu casino opens at the Sebel Hotel on Friday February 6th 
  • More Air Vanuatu Flights to Santo and Tanna Islands - new ATR-72 aircraft will enable more flights from Tanna and Santo to Vila 

March 2009 - The Travel Bug 49

  • South Malekula Kastom Festival in September - 3-day cultural event “Reef Island Life” starts on 18th September 
  • Vanuatu 2009 Tok Tok confirmed - to be held at the Sebel Vanuatu on 27 and 28 August 
  • Vanuatu’s first mountain biking competition! - "Cyclo Vate" Mountain Bike racing is scheduled for early May 
  • New Land Dive Packages for 2009 - this year's land dives take place in April, May and June 
  • Vanuatu Seaplanes New Vanuatu Air Charters - 5 seated Cessna 206 added to the fleet 
  • Village de Santo opening soon - featuring 18 modern unit apartments that can comfortably sleep 4-5 guests 
  • Air Vanuatu welcomes first Ni-Van engineer - Simon Nompavos from Erromango has been promoted to work as an engineer on the Boeing 737-800 

April 2009 - The Travel Bug 50

  • Air Vanuatu will offer TV programs on flights - in-flight entertainment on board all international flights on the Boeing 737-800 
  • Wendy Matthews 11th April concert at The Sebel - multi award-winning entertainer has been nominated for 13 ARIA awards and has won 7 including Best Female Artist, 3 times! 
  • Victoria Café opens in Santo - located near Alan Power Dive Shop in Luganville’s town center 
  • Enkahi Discovery Tours on Tanna - an exciting and unique eco adventure experience visitors can enjoy whilst on Tanna 

May 2009 - The Travel Bug 51

  • South Pacific Tourism Thrived in 2008 - visitors increased by 3% to surpass 1.36 million, on top of increases of 4% in 2007 and 3% in 2006 
  • Pango Green Motel to open - the motel will have 10 units, 5 on ground floor and 5 upstairs, to open in a few months time 
  • Air Vanuatu Early Bird Airfares - return flights for around 50,000 vatu 
  • Tok Tok Vanuatu 2009 - to be held at the Sebel Vanuatu on August 27 and 28 

June 2009 - The Travel Bug 52

  • Port Vila Parasailing Launch - 40 local business people and residents attended the launch at Café Du Village, where the parasailing boat “Deliverance” is moored 
  • Vanuatu Ocean Swim Kicks Off - the 3.2 Km and 1.5 Km Vanuatu Ocean swim race is being held in Port Vila Harbour on Saturday 13th June 2009, at 8am 
  • La Grillade Restaurant - the signature restaurant of Starfish Cove, featuring la carte menu with a fine selection of Vanuatu Beef and Seafood Grills 

July 2009 - The Travel Bug 53

  • Vanuatu Ocean Swims Attract Record Numbers - record competitors numbers at both Port Vila and Santo events 
  • Vanuatu Kitesurfing Classic in August - the 3rd Vanuatu International Kitesurfing Classic will take place on Efate Island 
  • Pacific Youth Festival - celebrated every four years by youth within the Pacific region 

August 2009 - The Travel Bug 54

  • Vanuatu Baristas Competition Invites World's Best - coffee making competition will be held this year from 12 -14 November at Le Lagon Resort Port Vila 
  • New General Manager for Ratua Private Island - Frederick Jean-Claude Maclean takes the helm 
  • Vanuatu International Kitesurfing Classic in September - this year's Kitesurfing Classic will take place on Efate Island 
  • "Diesel" and "Swing Central" coming to Sebel Hotel & Iririki Resort - fronted by Brad Leaver who is considered to be one of Australia's foremost crooners 

September 2009 - The Travel Bug 55

  • Vanuatu Tourism Awards Entries Invited - Vanuatu is set to recognize the 2009 “Tourism Stars” 
  • Tripadvisor rates Nirvana Resort top Specialty Lodging - only opened a few months ago, its’ first lot of guests are already raving about the resort 
  • The ATR-72 aircraft expected by October - the new aircraft will enable more capacity from Tanna and Santo to Vila 
  • Tui Lodge - hot new property on Ambae island - catered to suit any taste of travelers with 6 appointed rooms 

October 2009 - The Travel Bug 56

  • Evergreen Tours new Magical Evening Tour - Ma’tepara Magical Evening Tour translates to ‘eye where noise comes from’ 
  • Italian pizza and pasta night at The Melanesian - the special dinner extravaganza will be presented by Head Chef Joemar Peregrino 
  • The Sebel Vanuatu - Mirvac Hotels & Resorts will cease management of The Sebel Vanuatu 
  • Espiritu Santo Gamefishing in November - sampling excellent blue marlin fishing for which this destination is famous 

November 2009 - The Travel Bug 57

  • Bill Bauer visits airport named after his father - the son of the US Marine Corps Harry Bauer whose name has been used to name Vanuatu’s international and domestic airport in Port Vila, visited the airport yesterday 
  • Noumea Surf Tour 2009 in Vanuatu - the objective is to stage the first Pacific Island surf tour of its kind 
  • International Media Visits Port Vila - TV crew from Germany and news media from Australia and New Zealand attend the National Arts Festival and the Fest Napuan Music Festival 
  • Vanuatu Tourism fan page on FaceBook - Mr Danish Syed, owner of Aquamrine dive centre in Santo teams with VTO to publish a Vanuatu Tourism fan page on Facebook 
  • Vanuatu Marlin Classic Dates 2010 - to be held from the 23rd – 29th May 2010 

December 2009 - The Travel Bug 58

  • Lavakil Hidden Treasure bungalows on Tanna Island - offering 4 Melanesian style bungalows with private facilities

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