Discovery trails project gets NZ support

New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts speaking at the groundbreaking and launch of the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project at the Port Vila Seafront

By Jonas Cullwick

In addition to the Government of New Zealand’s input of Vt1 billion towards the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project (VTIP), they are also continuing to support other tourism activities in Vanuatu to enhance the sector.

In her speech at the launching of the VTIP initiative last Friday, New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts announced that they were embarking on a discovery trails project that will enable tourists to explore the beauty of Efate and Santo.

Additionally, they are currently reviewing the Tourism Ambassador programme pilot, which ended in June 2015, and deciding on the next phase.

“As you may be aware, the Ambassador programme focused on training of transport operators and the market Mamas and we have been overwhelmed by the requests for further training,” High Commissioner Roberts explained.

The implementation of VTIP is one of the 44 actions covered under the Vanuatu Strategic Tourism Action Plan (2014-2018) which the Government of New Zealand assisted the Vanuatu Government to draft. And it is also one of the key tourism actions under the National Trade Policy Framework.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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