March 2008

The Travel Bug - Issue 37

South Pacific Seminar in Sydney

south-pacific.travel in collaboration with Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission in Sydney has hosted a very successful Agent Seminar on Wednesday 12th March at the Grace Hotel in Sydney CBD. There was a total attendance of 65 guests including wholesalers and travel agent reps. Seven member countries participated through a mini trade show and Destination presentations that included the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Vanuatu.

Prizes were drawn at the conclusion of the seminar, which included a holiday in Vanuatu - courtesy of Air Vanuatu, Le Lagon and Vanuatu Tourism Office and two holiday prizes for the Solomon Islands - courtesy of SkyAirWorld, Dive Gizo, Dive Munda and Lola Island Resort. All the NTO representatives greatly appreciated the initiative taken by south-pacific.travel to host the seminar, which many described as very timely and valuable. south-pacific.travel also presented its 'South Pacific Specialist' Online Training Program to the audience, which many expressed interest to participate in. (Source: source: south-pacific.travel Marketing Department)

Mount Yasur Volcano Activity

Mount Yasur volcano, on Tanna island in Vanuatu, is one of the world's most active volcanos. During these last days, in early March 2008, Mount Yasur has shown some activity, causing Vanuatu Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources to issue a bulletin about Mt Yasur activity. Approaching the volcano these days should be done with a lot of care. With the current level of activity, the volcano could send hot lava to the crater rim at any time. Therefore, to be safe, they suggest to Tanna and Yasur visitors to observe the volcano from a safe distance - observing it from the nearby parking area would be the safest way to watch the volcano.

Espiritu Santo Water Music Festival

This year's water music festival on Santo island was held at Deco Stop Lodges swimming pool on Thursday 31st January 2008. Espiritu Santo is the largest island in Vanuatu, which was the inspiration for James A. Michener’s classic “Tales of the South Pacific”, from which the musical South Pacific was born.

Water music is originally from the island of Gaua. It was formed in 1945 after all these years the music was performed during death ceremonies and Christmas Day. In the years 1998 the music was exposed to tourists and has been till today. The music is normally performed by a group of women in water and making different rhythms by the hands hitting the water. (Source: VTO Santo)

New General Manager for Vanuatu Tourism

The Vanuatu Tourism Board last week announced the appointment of Annie Niatu as the new General Manager of the Vanuatu Tourism Office. Annie held the position of Marketing Manager for the Vanuatu Tourism Office before her appointment as General Manager.

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