August 2009

The Travel Bug - Issue 54

Vanuatu Barista Competition in November

Vanuatu’s annual barista competition will be held this year from 12 -14 November at Le Lagon Resort Port Vila. This year, baristas worldwide are invited to enter and compete for the title against Vanuatu’s best. The competition is part of the worldwide barista competition circuit and will follow international rules. International judge Robert Forsyth (Cafe Latte judge, World Coffee in Good Spirit judge, World Ibrik judge) will help to judge and oversee the competition, ensuring it meets world standards.

With rich volcanic and organic soil perfect for growing coffee and French heritage from its time as a French Anglo condominium, it is not surprising that Vanuatu has a strong coffee culture. The competition is the perfect opportunity for Australian baristas to compete in a professional competition, share skills and discover an island paradise with friendly people, coral reefs, waterfalls, crystal clear turquoise ocean and of course, good coffee.
VTO Island Nius)

Vanuatu International Kitesurfing Classic in September

The Vanuatu International Kitesurfing VIKC 2009, has released a short notice for the competitors, that it’s partners and organizers of the have decided to postpone the competition to the 15th to 20th September 2009. The choice has been made regarding the calendar of the international competitions around and the school holidays of Australia and New Caledonia in order to bring over more riders and families.

New General Manager for Ratua Private Island

Frederick Jean-Claude Maclean takes the helm as Ratua Private Island’s first general manager where he and his wife, Victoria, will look after this luxurious 146-acre getaway in the magical Vanuatu Archipelago. With 30 years of hospitality experience – 22 with five-star properties – Frederick is well suited to look after Ratua guests. He has a remarkable ability to motivate staff and promote a strong and healthy sense of teamwork. Frederick’s accomplishments include his most recent work at Lizard Island Resort, Bedarra Island Resort and Hayman Island – all of which earned him numerous award and accolades. His experience in pre- and re-opening is extensive. He participated in the opening of seven hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, including French Polynesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and three in Australia. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

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