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As part of the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan (VTCRRP) relating to Pillar 3 and business readiness, the Department of Tourism (DoT), in partnership with the Department of Public Health, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry,…

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The Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, James Bule launched the Direct Micro Expeller (DME) pilot project for the Virgin Coconut Oil on Mataidan, West Ambae as part of the Ambae Day celebration on the 2nd of October 2020.

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With the declaration by the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands last week of the first COVID-19 positive case; Vanuatu remains only one of a handful of countries in the region that remains COVID-free.

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When it is safe to do so, Vanuatu looks forward to welcoming international tourists back to our shores. In the meantime, the Department of Tourism is progressing their plans to build a stronger and more resilient future for the Vanuatu tourism industry.

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An important initiative of the Vanuatu Government is the training of business using the ‘Vanuatu Guidelines for Safe Businesses Operations (SBO) in the context of the COVID-19’ to apply the new health and safety procedures.

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This week’s update focusses on health and provides an update on the good progress being made to implement phase 1 of the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan (TCRRP) for all 5 pillars. Phase 1 of the TCRRP was supported in June 2020 by the Vanuatu Council of Ministers which was …

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The Department of Tourism’s community awareness team are in PENAMA Province this week carrying out awareness on the Tourism Crises Response and Recovery Plan (TCRRP), as well as consulting with key stakeholders who will provide input into the development of the PENAMA Sustainable Tourism Man…

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Today’s update focusses solely on health which is pillar 1 in the Tourism Crises Response & Recovery Plan (TCRRP). This is the safeguarding of the health of our citizens, workers, residents, and visitors.

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This week’s update focuses on access through air travel and cruise ships and how the future looks. We talk about the tourism industry survey being conducted this week, and will provide some more information on training businesses using the ‘Safe Business Operations (SBO)’ Guidelines.

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This week’s update from the Department of Tourism continues to focus on the preparedness of businesses, updates on health and safety and community awareness approach.The safety and livelihood of our people depends on a balance between the economy and health. Movement of people is for busines…

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In these ever changing and complex times, we understand that being informed and up to date is not easy. In an attempt to ensure we share as much information as possible, we will be providing more regular updates such as this one. While the current COVID-19 situation is still one of rapid cha…

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The island of Aneityum in the southern part of Vanuatu no longer receives tourists from cruise ships due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the world, but despite what seems to be a bleak future, new horizons are opening for the people on the island.

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On his first visit to the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), as the second time Tourism Minister of Tourism, James Bule, praised the Chief Executive Officer, Adela Aru and her staff for developing the Institution to where it is today.

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The ‘Tourism 40’ exhibition at the Espace Cultural du Alliance Français took place throughout this week as the tourism sector in Vanuatu celebrated 40 years of tourism at the Espace Culturel du Alliance Français.

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As the Vanuatu Tourism Office celebrated 40 years of tourism at the L’Espace Cultural du Alliance Français, Vanuatu’s first Minister of Finance Kalpokor Kalsakau, reflects on tourism development in the country over the decades.

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The Department of Tourism under the Tourism Support Program has commenced assistance to tourism operators during this quiet time while the borders are closed. This assistance is to address the shortfalls. Insufficient safe drinking water is a problem area that has been highlighted through su…

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Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni Vanuatu Business (MTTCNVB), Roy Mickey Joy has confirmed that the Director of Tourism Mr. Jerry Spooner has presented the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan and Budget to Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce …

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Tourism industry stakeholders gathered again yesterday at the Women’s Centre in Luganville to hear a presentation about the future vision for tourism in SANMA Province.

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The Department of Tourism together with the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) hosted the ‘Destination SANMA’ meeting in Luganville earlier this week with over 60 tourism industry members to discuss future opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

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Inspired by the incredible display of Vanuatu’s unparalleled beauty and culture as well as the influential discussions presented at the Sustainable Islands Tourism Conference, the Directors of Tourism from Vanuatu, Palau, the Cook Islands, drafted the Statement of Intent for a collaboration …

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Princess Cruises’ international megaliner Majestic Princess made her maiden visit to Port Vila yesterday (Tuesday, 22 October) alongside P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria as part of a special ‘two ship celebration’ for the city.

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The Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Commerce and ni Vanuatu Business has successfully sent three men and one woman on a short term Tourism Management Training Course in China.

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A delegation of staff from Pacific National Tourism Offices, tourism private sector and the South Pacific Tourism Organization were in Guangzhou China, from 24th June to 4th July to attend the 1st Tourism Human Resource Development and Training Program, an activity which is part of the China…

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Having experienced the mellowing effects of kava for the first time, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Mark Coulton joked that he is considering opening a kava bar in Canberra. “Maybe that will calm things down a bit,” he quipped.

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