Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:40

Vanuatu ready for reboot

Vanuatu Tourism Office reports that resorts in the destination have been preparing for the return of international visitors.

Aore Island Resort on Espiritu Santo has completed a total renovation. This includes improved guestrooms, restaurants, jetties and beach huts. Agents can follow Aore Resort on Instagram @aoreislandresort

Mangoes and Terraces Resort have been working behind the scenes to upgrade the kitchens and pool areas.  They also have a new app, developed to reduce contact points around the resorts. The whole team is double vaccinated.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:20

Vanuatu Tourism reconnects

Vanuatu Tourism Office is reaching out to the New Zealand travel trade as the possibility of border re-openings draws closer.

Retail agents and brokers are encouraged to register their details with VTO so that they can have access to key information and collateral at their fingertips. With so much change in the industry over the past 18 months VTO says it understands the challenge agents are facing with accessing up to date information to share with clients who may be currently looking at organising a South Pacific 2022 winter holiday.

Published in Pacific Islands
Wednesday, 21 July 2021 05:23

New short haul mgr for VTO

Vanuatu Tourism Office has named Paul Pio as the new short haul markets manager. He is responsible for managing and developing the brand positioning of Vanuatu as a tourism destination in the short-haul markets of New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia, including managing VTO’s representation in each market.

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Monday, 06 July 2020 00:20

Vanuatu saves a spot

Vanuatu Tourism Office’s latest campaign, We’re Saving You A Spot, aims to motivate travellers to put Vanuatu on their holiday list.

The office says Vanuatu has remained Covid free and is ‘cautiously holding discussions and looking to open borders with New Zealand.’

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 02:55

Vanuatu's new vision

Public-private partnerships and a shared vision between Vanuatu Tourism Office, Air Vanuatu and Vanuatu Airports Ltd were some of the initiatives shared at the 17th Tok Tok tourism event in Vanuatu last week. This followed the previous week’s reveal of the country’s new tourism brand and tagline – Answer the Call of Vanuatu. Launched in January, the 2030 Aviation and Tourism Vision pulls together in-market destination awareness, air connectivity and aviation infrastructure development to ensure not only more international visitors, but dispersal into the provinces. According to Vanuatu’s 2018 International Visitor Survey, just 10% of visitors travelled beyond the main island of Efate.

 

‘Our aim is for 10 to 30% of visitors to disperse among the six provinces, says Adela Issachar, chief executive officer of VTO. ‘We need the connectivity to work, the pricing has to be right and the flights reliable and on time.’ In addition to the Tourism Vision, an upcoming amendment to the Vanuatu Tourism Office Act will mean that all tourism operators will need to contribute to tourism office funding. Issachar says the amendment will also ensure that operators abide by tourism standards. ‘They will need to obtain a permit and be market ready and able to benefit from destination marketing. It is about the quality of the product and experience they are offering.’ More than 50 buyers and 50 sellers enjoyed a positive vibe at Tok Tok, filling the conference centre at Warwick Le Lagon in Port Vila. Scheduled appointments doubled over 2018 to 1020 and there were around a dozen new products exhibiting.

 

Many of the new products had come on line over the last two years but were only now ready for the international market. The VTO has worked with training providers and established operators to help get them up to speed. ‘They are now able to exhibit because they are market ready,’ says Issachar. ‘We’re also helping travel centres package better itineraries and product. ‘We have come along way, the last two years have been busy working and this is a great result. We’ve had private sector input, shared resources and identified specific market segments.’ One of those segments is weddings which continues to be a big focus for VTO. Business events is another, and by the end of the year the VTO intends to appoint a dedicated business events specialist.

Published in Pacific Islands
Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:54

Vanuatu struts its stuff

With Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) gearing up for it’s annual TOK TOK to be held in August this year, agents have been getting a taste of what’s to come through the 2018 Vanuatu Roadshows that have been held throughout Australia and New Zealand last month.

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