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Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) Chairman, Robert Avio, said Chinese tourism market is another potential for Vanuatu tourism industry and that the present Government will continue to support and develop strategies and mechanisms to allow more Chinese tourists on Vanuatu shores.

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Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman, who is also minister responsible for tourism, gave an upbeat speech yesterday morning at a ceremony opening the Toktok 2018.

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From Vanuatu’s largest privately-owned media organization, What to Do in Vanuatu (WTD) is an arm of Vanuatu Media Marketing (VMM) and is the official tourist newspaper publication for the Vanuatu Tourism Office.

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The Chairman of the Port Vila Cruise Tourism Committee, John Tonner has called on approximately 200 mamas and papas attending the 60-day Port Vila Wharf Traffic Management Plan Awareness Forum, to maintain worship in all their meetings saying, placing God first at all meetings makes the peop…

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The Santo Travel Centre (STC), in close partnership with the Department of Tourism and local industry, commenced the sale of their new cruise day tour packages in Luganville, Espiritu Santo on Friday, 1st of June.

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Increasing the capacity of the handicraft sector to meet the growing demands of tourists is the aim of the Handicraft Sector Action Plan that was launched yesterday.

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The Department of Tourism (DoT) has declared its commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the ‘Skills for Tourism’ program when it presented its Vt2 million contribution to the Vanuatu Skills Partnership yesterday.

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A total of 41 finalists have been selected for the Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence 12017/2018 ceremony that will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Vanuatu Convention Center in Port Vila from 3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

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“Since the cruise market is growing rapidly here in Vanuatu, as Acting DG of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, I would like to see the technical advisory committee come up with a way forward for the cruise industry in Vanuatu and let’s compete with o…

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The Government has approved 78 new licenses for recruitment of Vanuatu workers for Recognized Seasonal Employment (RSE) in New Zealand and Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) in Australia and renewed the 33 current licenses taking the total license holders to 111.

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The Vanuatu Tourism Office is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Bred Bank Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence. The date of the Awards has been set for Saturday 23rd June 2018.

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The second draft of the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (VSTP) was presented to a group of stakeholders representing the government, private sector, NGOs, community and academia at the Holiday Inn on the December 14.

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For the first time the Skills for Tourism initiative of the Australian Government funded Vanuatu Skills Partnership (formerly TVET) has received financial assistance from the government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT).

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Mahitahi Handikraf Senta on the sea front is accepting vendors to fill 53 stalls in the newly built cool, breeze-filled, open thatch-roofed house that will open on November 29..

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The Government is set to host the inaugural Tourism Week bringing to Port Vila around 200 delegates to talk about tourism as an avenue for enhancing economic growth.

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There is a growing confidence among tourism officials that the island of Tanna is getting tourists back, after being paralyzed in the aftermaths of cyclone Pam.

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“It is estimated that the tourism sector alone contributes approximately 65% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

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For P&O Cruise Liner, Pacific Explorer, this is its maiden voyage to Port Vila under its new name even though it had visited in the past as Dawn Princess.

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Plans are well underway to make this year’s Tok Tok Vanuatu from August 28 to September 1 in top notch, tying-in with the National Year of Agri-Tourism and International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

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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.

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The Executive Director of the Brussels-based Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), Ratnakar Adhikari, says tourism is immensely important and that it is one sector of the economy that touches almost every aspect of human life.

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The Melbourne (Australia) Cyclone Pam Vanuatu Benefit is hosting a “Yumi Helpem Fren Long Vanuatu” (Helping Our Friends in Vanuatu) fundraising event on Sunday, May 10 to assist in the recovery effort in Vanuatu, following tropical Cyclone Pam that caused widespread devastation on Friday 13 …

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The tourism industry of Vanuatu must acknowledge the rights of the owners of kastom and not ignore the issues of ownership and fairness, Dr. Joseph Cheer, a man who is familiar with tourism in the country says.

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The Government of Vanuatu should not take tourism in the country for granted, Joseph Cheer, an Associate Director of the Australia and International Tourism Research Unit (AITRU) at Monash University in Victoria, Australia has suggested.

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Special funding from the Royal Caribbean Cruises is going to fund the building of a new gate and four extra pollards on the Main Wharf in Port Vila to cater for one of their giant cruise liners to enter Port Vila Harbour — the Voyager of the Seas at the end of the year.

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National Coordinator of the Vanuatu Tourism Ambassador Program, Adela Aru, has clarified the aims and objectives of the ambassador program following criticisms of the program last week by Rosalie Vatu, the President of the mothers at Shanghai Handicraft Market at the seafront in Port Vila.

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