As 2017 draws to an end the Vanuatu Tourism Industry recalls losing significant tourism leaders that had contributed invaluable expertise and experiences to shape today’s tourism development.

These leaders were unique in their characters and have shown the capacity that when the country was venturing into the tourism industry in the early 1980s and ‘90s, they stood out for what they believed in and showed that Vanuatu was indeed a destination full of vibrancy and diversity within its people, nature and cultural assets.

Each of the leaders played a role in the different facets of the development of the tourism sector through policy reforms, leadership and governance roles, education and capacity building, product development and standards of excellence of service and advocating for local entrepreneurial and empowerment in the sector.

Leaving behind legacies and trails of their visions and work in 2017, the Government of Vanuatu through the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) can only use their expertise and experiences with the tourism industry to continue ploughing and developing this important industry to show the world how Vanuatu is the happiest place on earth and why it should be on any travellers bucket list for 2018 onwards.

“We acknowledge their passion, commitment and dedication to develop Vanuatu’s tourism sector and industry and can only use their stories to shape tomorrow’s tourism stories,” say both the VTO General Manager, Mrs. Adela Issachar Aru and Mr. Donald Pelam, Acting Director for the Department of Tourism.

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