The Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Jenny Da Rin, says Vanuatu might be a small country, but it has tremendous potential in tourism and can capture the world’s attention.

“Tanna movie is an example of that — a brilliant Australia-Vanuatu collaboration, receiving support from Screen Australia to fund its development, produced by Australian Directors, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, featuring an incredibly talented ni-Vanuatu cast and set in the spectacular scenery of Mt Yasur and the kastom village of Yakel on Tanna,” she said in her address to the opening of the 5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum and Trade Expo at the Holiday Inn in Port Vila Tuesday.

“I understand the Vanuatu Tourism Office and tourism providers in Vanuatu are already developing products to capitalise on Tanna movie’s success.

It is important to grasp these opportunities when Vanuatu is on the world stage.”

Ambassador Da Rin said while she was “very disappointed Tanna did not take home the Oscar, it was an incredible achievement to even be nominated and will serve none-the-less as a great ambassador for tourism for Vanuatu”.

Tanna was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Category at the 89th Oscars night held in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, February 26, but the award eventually went to an Iranian film.

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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