20. January 2006

The Travel Bug - Issue 11

New Association for PNG Tour Operators

Tour Operators in PNG have formed an association to be a voice for Tour operators in the country. The newly established Tour Operators Association (TOAPNG) was formed on October 19 by a group of local product owners and people involved in the tourism industry. TOAPNG will work closely to assist Tour Operators.

The Interim Executive Committee consists of Michael Buleau (president), Alois Mateo (vice president), Janet Sios (secretary/treasurer), Pym Mamindi, Max Kasu, Albert Toro, Samson Kakai, Elijah Hon and Linda Honey. All matters regarding TOAPNG should be referred to the Interim EO - Ms. Lora Flynn on Ph (675) 3200 211, Fax (675) 3200 223 or email: lflynn@pngtourism.org.pg. (Source: PNGTPA Monthly Newsletter Update Issue 19 – 28 December 2005)

2006 Vanuatu TOK TOK Event on October 26-27

This year’s 2006 Vanuatu TOK TOK will be held on October 26 and 27 at Iririki Island Resorts & Spa in Port Vila harbour. The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) that organises the annual event is expecting an even larger attendance at this year’s event than the record-breaking 2005 TOK TOK, which has been praised variously by participants as "the best ever," "very educational," and "offering a fantastic amount (of information) in a short stay."

VTO General Manager, Linda Kalpoi said registration for buyers and sellers for this year’s TOK TOK would open in May. "Thirty-three buyers from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, New Caledonia and Japan attended the 2005 event, and more than sixty-six local companies show-cased their hotels, resorts, bungalows, budget and backpacker accommodation, dive, game fishing, cultural and adventure tours, airline and cruise/charters, and the main islands of Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna." "From indications already, we’re anticipating an even larger roll-up on both sides in 2006, and the organising committee believed it appropriate that the event be held at Iririki which is soon to open Vanuatu’s newest 5-star facility, its Snorkeler’s Cove all-suites.

As well, it will have the South Pacific’s largest resort swimming pool that will be a key backdrop to the two-day event. "The Snorkeler’s Cove precinct will cater for families, having its own access so as not to impact on the ‘child free’ policy at the existing Iririki Island Resort; it will have a 1300 sq metre pool with a sand ‘beach’ leading into it, waterfalls and rock pools, café/bar, gym, tennis courts, children’s games room and even a medical centre," VTO Marketing Manager, John Cvetko said. "TOK TOK will give buyers a good opportunity to see first-hand this latest addition to Vanuatu’s resort inventory."

TOK TOK in Vanuatu’s Bislama language means ‘get together and talk,’ and one wholesaler at the 2005 event said this had been achieved at a highly professionally level, with the event "outshining other trade shows, and being relaxed whilst informative, it imbued us with the way of life of Vanuatu." For further details contact John Cvetko (678) 41 482 (Source: Vanuatu Tourism Office 04/01/2006)

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