The Travel Bug - Issue 28
New Staff Uniform
and Logo for Evergreen Tours in Vanuatu
2007 marks a year of change for Evergreen Tours
from Vanuatu who have come out with a new logo and a new office staff uniform. Grooming and presentation is top
priority and Evergreen would like to keep up to the trend of looking smart and presentable to their guests while
maintaining the ‘island touch’. Evergreen Tours also recently purchased a new 5 seater bus to add to their
Evergreen is 100 percent locally owned and run by
indigenous staff. Proudly established for almost 8 years, running exclusive tours to the famous Mele Cascades
Waterfall, one of Port Vilas popular attractions and also Islandreams Glass Bottom Kayaking Tour and EDGE
Abseiling. Evergreen tours is now in the process of putting together our new tour booklet which features our
exclusive tours and Efate’s popular tours.
Air China Comes to
Port Vila Bauerfield Airport
In a first for Vanuatu, an Air China Boeing 767
aircraft touched down at Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport on the 28th March. Carrying the Vice Premier of the Chinese
State Council, Mr Zeng Peiyan, on a goodwill visit, the aircraft is the largest type yet to service the country.
Access to the country is largely provided in narrow body Boeing 737 jets out of ports in Australia, New Zealand,
Fiji, Noumea and the nearby Solomon Islands.
According to Airports Vanuatu Limited CEO, Hendry
Joewangeh, the airport design can accommodate widebody aircraft, but this is the first time that there has actually
been widebody operations from Port Vila. He says there has been a general misconception with the tourism industry
that high terrain around Bauerfield Airport precludes larger, longer haul aircraft from landing and taking off at
the country’s premier airport.
The Air China flight is a graphic demonstration of
the capability of Bauerfield International Airport to accommodate wide body aircraft. The fact that it is an Asian
airline is also significant he says. Airports Vanuatu Limited is continuing active dialogue with a number of
operators regarding the possibility of widebody services operating from Asia to Port Vila, to provide more direct
access to the growing number of visitors from Asia and Europe travelling via major Asian gateways.
Pacific Islands Air
The regional agreement amongst the island
countries of the Pacific to open up their skies to each other’s airlines is just one step short of coming into
force. The Tongan Minister for Transportation Hon. Paul Karalus says Vanuatu has become the fifth signatory but six
nations have to ratify the Pacific Islands Air Services Agreement (PIASA) to make it a reality. Paul Karalus says
the five countries that have ratified the agreement are Cook Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and
This agreement according to Hon. Paul Karalus is a
regional agreement that will provide for a multi-lateral basis for liberalising air services between the Forum
Island Countries. He says PIASA's main objective is to establish a framework for the gradual integration of
aviation services of the Forum members in a way that is fully supportive of sustainable development of the Forum
island countries. (Source: Tonga Now News 22/05/2007)
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