Travel Bug 39
Issue 39 - May 2008
The Lodge Opens on Santo Island
Suitable for individual visitors or groups looking
for low cost accommodation overlooking the sheltered waters of Segond Channel with close, easy access to
Luganville, the Lodge is the perfect location for travellers to Espiritu Santo Island. Scuba divers, special
interest groups, government meetings, small business conventions will all enjoy the very comfortable accommodation
for up to 35 people and the convenient meeting facilities available.
Equipped with its own modern kitchen, TV lounge
with satellite Aussie TV and a huge nakamal (Bislama for meeting place) it’s the place to get together after a days
diving, meetings or adventuring, with its own gas BBQ, outdoor furniture and views overlooking the lawns and
gardens. Guests can take advantage of Beachfront Resort's bar and restaurant (try our great pizzas) or use the
first-rate cooking facilities of the lodge itself. Breakfast is available in the restaurant but the cost is not
included in the budget tariff. The Lodge comprises two dormitories and six single, twin/double/triple or quad share
rooms with either fan cooling or air conditioning, all with ensuite facilities. (Source:
VTO Island Nius May 2008)
Vanuatu National Sand Drawing
Ambrym Island was
the host to the 2008 Vanuatu National Sand Drawing Festival, held on 11-15 May 2008. The Sesivi community on West
Ambrym Island in Vanuatu was the host village of the 2008 National Sand Drawing Festival - ‘Sandroing’ in Bislama.
Sandroings are elegant geometric patterns, produced directly on the ground, which can transmit a wealth of
traditional knowledge about local history, indigenous rituals and cosmologies, kinship systems, natural phenomena
and farming techniques.
Each region’s sandroings are an object
of national pride and distinction, combining culturally unique elements of storytelling, oral history, music and
performance. This National Sandroing Festival brings together up to five hundred practitioners of sandroing from
the Vanuatu archipelago who travel by foot, truck, boat, plane or canoe to celebrate sandroing and sustain the
traditional extensive network of exchange. Edgar Hinge, Pentecost sandroing expert and ‘Custom School’ teacher
declares that “It is very important that our children do not lose their connection to their traditional way of
life. Sand drawing is an essential part of our younger generation’s education”. (Source:
VTO Island Nius May 2008)
Santo Tourism Association’s visit to Brisbane &
Espiritu Santo is the
largest of Vanuatu islands, home of beautiful Champagne Beach and Vatthe Conservation Area - Vanuatu's first
National Park. The island's Tourism Association (Espiritu Santo Tourism Association - ESTA), has done a promotional
visit to Australia's premier tourism destinations - Brisbane and Gold Coast. A total of 29 tourism industry
operators from Espiritu Santo including 2 custom dancers and a 7 man string band travelled to Queensland in
Australia to promote the northern islands of Vanuatu to travel agents and industry professionals in Brisbane and
the Gold Coast. Over 83 trade and media representatives attended the Road Show held at the Mercure Hotel in
Brisbane and 53 at the Holiday Inn Gold Coast event.
The guests were greeted by Brenda
Andre of the VTO in custom dress and ‘warriors’ who presented them with leis. They were entertained by custom
dancers and the string band. Kava was served along with drinks and finger food and short presentations were given
by Air Vanuatu and Espiritu Santo Tourism Association. This was followed by all the agents visiting the stands of
the attending Santo operators, including 3 Ni-Vanuatu tour operators and talking about their products and services.
(Source: VTO Island Nius May 2008)
Vanuatu Round Island Relay Update
On Saturday 26th July the annual Telecom Vanuatu
Round Island Relay will take place with 138km of the most amazing and unique terrains. The Round Island Relay is
held every year on the Island of Efate. Teams
consist of 10 runners who relay their baton right around the island, across sealed roads, rugged coral, friendly
traditional villages, dirt roads, crystal clear streams, coconut plantations and picturesque white sand beaches.
Contact Sure Thing Vanuatu Travel on e-mail: email@example.com for flights and accommodation and they’ll put you in touch with the organisers of the event
to get your team registered. (Source: Vanuatu Tourism Tribal Drum
Newsletter April 2008)
Marketing Manager Vacancy Position at
The Vanuatu Tourism Office requires the services of
a Marketing Manager to undertake key responsibilities within their Marketing Department. The successful applicant
will have considerable experience in providing leadership, a high level of customer service, planning skills, the
ability to identify priorities and develop focused work plans. Previous experience and/or qualifications in a field
of marketing or tourism will be highly regarded.
This position is open to all Ni-Vanuatu nationals
and is based in Port Vila. The applicant must be proficient in written and spoken English and current computer
software applications. Applicants who also speak French will be highly regarded. The position will be offered on a
contract basis with a salary package to reflect the skills and experience of the successful applicant. For more
details email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written applications including CV, and Educational
Transcripts and two referees should be forwarded to: The Board Secretary, VTO Board of Directors, PO Box 209, PORT
VILA. Applications closing date on 16th May, 2008.
Australian Tenor Bernard Hull Vanuatu
Bernard Hull is a well known Australian Tenor,
start of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats musicals. He has been in 2000 performances of The
Phantom of the Opera, (in ten different roles nine cities and five
countries). Bernard has starred in 400 shows of Cats and over twenty different principal operatic
roles. He has also appeared in television and film roles. His connection to Vanuatu is through his grandfather
Frank Filmer who 100 years ago was a Church of Christ missionary in the northern islands. Bernard’s mother was born
on the island of Epi, her sister on Ambrym.
His concert will be held on Saturday 17th May at
7pm, at Emalus Campus Conference Room, University of the South Pacific. Tickets are available at Stanley Imports in
the main street of Port Vila for 500vt each. Profits from the concert will go to JN School, Vinmavis, Malekula and
Ranwadi School Pentecost. There will be security employed for the car park. For further information phone Russell
in Port Vila on +678 46169.
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