April 2006

The Travel Bug - Issue 14

Reel in the Vanuatu Marlin Classic in June 2006

The organizing committee of the Vanuatu Marlin Classic has announced important dates for the 2006 event. With over $60,000 AUD awarded in the 2005 event, this become largest sports event in Vanuatu and 2006 looks to grow even further.
(Source: Vanuatu Tourism Tribal Drum February – March 2006)

VTO at the House of Travel Expo

In mid February the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) participated in the House of Travel Expo. The Expo, in roadshow format, visited numerous locations on the north island over the week event. The venues were at Palmerston North, Napier, Rotorua, Hamilton and Whangarei. The Vanuatu booth was extremely well received and positive feedback was received from many past visitors to the destination.

There was a wide spectrum of inquiry as interest is generally growing in New Zealand. Enquiries included questions addressing accommodation and activities to do whilst in Vanuatu, general information for Institution projects & assignments, couple & family resorts, diving & snorkelling inquiries, vatu currency, Vanuatu location, what makes Vanuatu a unique holiday destination, adventure tours & activities, security & safety, backpackers, cruises to Vanuatu inquiry, cultural tours & festivals, game fishing, dining and cuisine.

The show was attended by Alcina Garae from the VTO office in Port Vila. This was Alcina's first show attendance and part of the VTO's focus on having Vanuatu based staff participate in off shore promotional activities. Vanuatu information materials given to consumers included the Vanuatu Visitors Guide 2006, Jasons Vanuatu booklet and map 2006, Vanuatu Rocket Guide CD Rom 2005-2006 which clearly was the most preferred by majority of the consumers, VTOA Activity brochures, and the VTO website was referred to for more information. (Source: Vanuatu Tourism Tribal Drum February – March 2006)

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