Travel Bug 45
Issue 45 - November 2008
Port Vila Day - Saturday 29th November
This week, Port Vila has been busy with activities and the air filled with
live band music as of yesterday to build up momentum for Port Vila Day - Saturday 29th November. The
venue for this special event is along Seafront Park, where food stalls have been built. Program includes
cultural dances from Tanna island, Tuvalu, Merelava and Banks region. There are also Ambrym, Hip hop
shows, string band competitions, pop band shows, fun competitions like Tug of Wars, pigs and ducks race,
comedy drama shows. At the end of the ceremony, at 1.30pm, there will be an outrigger canoe race at sea
front, followed by a semi marathon. (Source: VTO Island Nius November 2008)
New VTO Australian Representative Sought
Vanuatu is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the region. An
archipelago of 83 tropical islands situated in the SW Pacific, just a little over two hours flying time from
Australia, it offers a wide range of authentic tourism experiences, with a sophisticated blend of cultures and
unspoilt tropical environment. Served by 13 flights per week from Australian ports, Australia is Vanuatu’s
largest source tourism market. The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is the statutory body that coordinates destination
marketing for the country and as part of this role, engages representatives in key markets like
Due to the retirement of the existing representative, the VTO seeks
to contract the services of a dynamic, motivated and well connected Representative to actively promote a newly
revamped brand and advocate for Vanuatu as a destination with wholesalers, agents, and at trade and consumer shows.
The Australian representative will be a key driver of sales from this market. The person will be focused on
identified target markets in key urban, regional and rural areas as well as selected growth centres in Australia.
The person will need to be focused, able to travel, and well experienced in the emerging trends of the Australian
outbound travel market. This is a one year contract with renewal options, and is an opportunity for a seasoned
travel marketing professional to become engaged in an exciting boutique tourism destination.
Submit proposal to Vanuatu Tourism Office, PO Box 209, Port Vila,
Vanuatu. Tel: +678 22515. Fax: +678 23889. Email: gmanager(at)tourism.vu. Proposals may be submitted by hard
copy, fax or email by 4pm, Friday 28 November, 2008.
Goodies Exchange opens new outlet
Goodies Exchange is one of the best known gift shops in Port Vila. Recently they
have opened a new, small outlet next to "Wu Gift Shop" opposite the Post Office. The small branch operates 6 days a
week from Monday till Saturday, from 8.00 till 11.30 and 1.30 pm till 5pm. Please note that on cruise ships and
public holidays, only the main Goodies Exchange shop will be open, located in front of El Gecko Restaurant.
(Source: VTO Island Nius November 2008)
Vanuatu Tourism Awards Nominations Extended until 18th November
Nominations for 2008 Vanuatu Tourism Awards were originally open until Friday, the
14th November. But the closing date has been now extended until close of Business Tuesday the 18th November.
Entry and nomination forms can be collected from and submitted to: Adventures in Paradise, Le Lagon Resort,
Moorings Hotel, and VTO - Vanuatu Tourism Office.
The scope of the awards has been broadened this year to include these new
categories: Best Restaurant/Catering Service, Best New Tourism Development, Best Specialist Tourism Service.
Operators/Individuals can enter the category they consider best suited to their business. Judges will assess
each nomination on its merit with more emphasis in 2008 on the operation rather than the presentation of the
nomination itself. If you wish to enter your tourism business in the awards, please note that payment via
cheque is to be address to VTA (Victorian Tourism Awards).
The 2008 Tourism Awards will culminate in a gala dinner to be held at Le Lagon
Resort on Saturday 6th December, 2008. Tickets are available from the nomination form distribution outlets
listed above in the first paragraph. Table bookings are only accepted so please arrange to celebrate another
record year for the Vanuatu Tourism Industry with a group of friends/colleagues and diarise the date now!
(Source: VTO Island Nius November 2008)
Saint Andrew’s Day Cultural Festival
The Saint Andrew’s Day Cultural Festival, held from Tuesday Nov 25 to Sunday
Nov 30, on Rah Island is a big highlight in the Vanuatu tribal experience calendar. The event occurs only
once a year and includes 3 days of extraordinary, unique and authentic cultural activities in a truly
stunning location. Rah Island has picture postcard white sand beaches, one of the best views in Vanuatu of
three nearby volcanic islands, coral reefs and a picturesque lagoon for swimming, a forest for bushwalking,
activities on the mainland plus a truly incredible community with great hospitality.
Guests stay in thatched bamboo bungalows by the beach or the lagoon. Meals are
‘island gourmet’ local style. You can have crab, lobster and fish which you can help catch each day. This is
a magical place hidden from the modern world. You can relax and unwind, explore land or sea, take part in the
unique coconut leaf custom fishing event, enjoy the cultural festival, meet the local people and do tours on
the mainland. (Source: VTO Island Nius)
VTO at 2009 Consumer Travel Shows in NZ
The Vanuatu Tourism Office New Zealand representative has confirmed that Vanuatu
will have a presence at the Consumer Travel Shows in New Zealand in early 2009:
- Flight Centre Show - Auckland 31 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2009
- House of Travel Show - Auckland 22 February 2009
- Flight Centre Show - Christchurch 22 February 2009.
Should the trade wish to participate in any of these shows and be part of the Vanuatu stand they will need to make
contact with the VTO NZ Representative - Jacquie Carson for further details and costs. Jacquie Carson - NZ
Representative, Vanuatu Tourism Office, P.O.Box 17427, Greenlane, Auckland. Ph: (09) 2776060. Email:
10 Years of Espiritu Santo Tourism Association
The Espiritu Santo Tourism Association was formed 10 years ago. A considerable
progress has been made since then, making Santo island more and more popular with Vanuatu visitors. With successful
Brisbane and Gold Coast promotions of Espiritu Santo and direct Air Vanuatu flights to Santo, the island is reaping
the rewards and looking towards a bright tourism future. Read the full information in the ESTA's Chairman Report for 2008.
Vanuatu Swims Promotion at Fiji Ocean Swim
The Fiji Ocean Swim was held at Plantation Island again this year for the
second time. The last year's swim was held at Mana Island. The Fiji Ocean Swim is a sister swim that also
promotes the Vanuatu Ocean Swim and the Espiritu Santo Aore Ocean Swim. The Fiji Ocean Swim is also part of the
sister swim agreement between the Cole Classic swim in Manly and the Big Swim in North Sydney Australia. The Fiji
Ocean Swim was attended by Joe Iautu Trade and Events Officer of the Vanuatu Tourism Office. The VTO has been
promoting the Two Vanuatu swims since the start of the Event in Fiji in 2005. The Swim started with Breakfast swim
with the Champions and swim clinic that was held on Friday (Oct 17th) at the Fiji Ocean Swim Venue. This is an
informal, fun affair, where competitors get a chance to fire questions at some of the world's best distance
swimmers and coaches and also the event itself. Our panel this year included Australian 10km Open Water Champion
Kate Brookes-Peterson, inspirational US Masters swimmer and four-time English Channel swimmer, Anne Cleveland, and
Kate's coach John Papuni and Paul and I on Swims locations.
The 1.5km and 3km events were held on Saturday the 18th starting at
8:30am, and the 10km on Sunday the 19th is starting at 8am. The 10km doubles as the Fiji National Open Water
Swimming Championships, and also includes a 5 x 2km relay event. The 10km was an interesting race with a record
number of both overseas and local entries still coming in which end up to 30 participants on the race day. The swim
festival ended up with presentation of awards. Vanuatu Swims name was mentioned many times as interested swimmers
would like to take the challenge to swim across the Segond channel in 2009. For more information contact Joe on
firstname.lastname@example.org, VTO Trade & Events Officer. (Source: VTO Island Nius October 2008)
Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange 2009 Registrations
The BFTE Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange
2009 will be held on 2-6 June at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club Pro Shop Lawn with the Sheraton Fiji Resort
& the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa being hosts to this prestigious event. Please be reminded that space is limited and the secretariat suggests you advice and encourage
colleagues to REGISTER NOW! For more information, contact BFTE Secretariat on email: email@example.com. Phone:
 3380683/9319174 Fax:  3380758. P O Box 17506, Suva, Fiji Islands. (Source: VTO Island
Nius October 2008)
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