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2011 Travel Newsletters

Month by month index of 2011 newsletters

The newsletter index for 2011 contains news highlights for all issues throughout 2011, from January to December.

January 2011 - The Travel Bug 71

  • Me’a Kai cookbook finalist for “Best Book of the Year” - the Pacific Islands cookbook is on the shortlist of four finalists to win “Best Book of the Year" 
  • New Manager at the Havannah Resort - Owen and Tish Mete have become new managers at this beautiful north Efate resort 

February 2011 - The Travel Bug 72

  • Tropicana Motel and Backpackers opens in Luganville - the motel is locally owned by Mr Kenneth and Mrs Irene Lav from Hog Harbor village of east Santo 
  • VTO Information Centre being renovated - Vanuatu Tourism Office Information Centre is temporary re-located, while undergoing renovation 

March 2011 - The Travel Bug 73

  • Tamanu on the Beach re-opens early March - Tamanu transformation includes cottages reburbishment as well as welcoming new Executive Chef from Australia, Matthew Peters, who used to work in Vanuatu 
  • Tanna Volcano new rate - Entani Company announces new addmission price for entry to Tanna island volcano, to be 3,350 vatu per person 

April 2011 - The Travel Bug 74

  • Port Sandwich Art and Culture Festival - 3-day festival is to be held 26-29 July near the wharf for an easy access for visiting yachts 
  • Air Vanuatu code-share to Fiji with Air Pacific - Vanuatu's national air carrier has added another, second weekly code-sharing service to Nadi, Fiji capital 

May 2011 - The Travel Bug 75

  • Tamanu on the Beach - in 2010 Yianni and Diane Demetre purchased their little slice of heaven on earth - Tamanu resort 
  • Evergreen Tours new owner of Vanuatu Specialist Holidays - Mr Philip Malas, the owner of Evergreen Tours, has also become the owner of Vanuatu Specialist Tours and Holidays 

June 2011 - The Travel Bug 76

  • New General Manager at the Holiday Inn Resort - Thomas Tait joined the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu as new General Manager in April 
  • Vanuatu Women Beach Volley Tournament in South Korea - the beach volleyball tournament featured 32 teams from around world, including Vanuatu team 

July 2011 - The Travel Bug 77

  • Villa 25 villas - featuring 3 self-contained villas and a swimming pool, just 5 minutes out of Port Villa 
  • Friday Night Fire Show at the Beach Bar - Mele Bay's Beach Bar now offers fire dancing, fire sticks, fire pois, and cool music after Friday's Happy Hour 

August 2011 - The Travel Bug 78

  • Vanuatu Tok Tok to be held on 25. August - the 10th anniversary Tok Tok will be featured on DVD Documentary 
  • Ocean Blue launches new website - Ocean Blue fishing has launched its new-look website 

September 2011 - The Travel Bug 79

  • US "Islands" Magazine Ranks Vanuatu in Top 10 Wild Islands - purest, wildest, and most eco-friendly islands 
  • Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show at Benjor in October - world renown Mark Anthony will perform his absolutely hilarios “hypnaughty” show 
  • The Havannah offers Seaplane Transfers - South Pacific's only flying boat provides leisurely scenic flights 
  • Fest Napuan Music Festival 9-13 November in Port Vila - will feature a host of local and international rock bands and artists 

October 2011 - The Travel Bug 80

  • Vanuatu National Industrial Policy Consultation Workshop - a full day consultation policy workshop for a new formulated National Industrial Policy for Vanuatu 
  • Tourism Arrivals up 7% in Asia Pacific Region - the growth rate has become more stable following the global economic recovery phase 
  • Island & Small States Tourism Conference in Fiji - Joanne Wade, owner of Poppys on the Lagoon and Friendly Bungalows resorts included as a speaker 

November 2011 - The Travel Bug 81

  • The Summit Vanuatu - new tourist attraction - The Summit Garden owner is to create a world class beautiful garden managed by top level Ni – Vanuatu staff 
  • LGS Music Festival in Santo - kicks off tonight Friday 4th November 2011 
  • Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu - 16 of the most user friendly holiday Villas ever designed 
  • Fourth Vila-Noumea Service for Air Vanuatu - Air Vanuatu now offer more options and better flight times for both inbound New Caledonian tourists and Vanuatu locals 

December 2011 - The Travel Bug 82

  • VTO Christmas Party 2011 - the VTO staff and their families celebrated 2011’s accomplishments and successes at the Crystal Blue Lagoon Resort 
  • Vanuatu Cocoa Beans Used in Haigh Chocolates - new Single Origin chocolate made with beans from Ecuador, Vanuatu or Peru 
  • Le Motel Hibiscus opens on Santo - budget self-catering units on Santo island 
  • Aquana Beach Resort - new boutique resort located near Eratap Beach Resort 
  • Ocean Blue Fishing Update - catching big dogtooth on surface poppers 

« 2010  Archive »


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