May 2007

The Travel Bug - Issue 27

White Grass Ocean Resort, Tanna island

Located on Tanna island, Vanuatu, White Grass Ocean Resort hugs the volcanic coastline just two kilometres from White Grass International Airport and is nestled between white sandy beaches, dramatic rock caves and coral formations. There are 12 oceanview bungalows designed in classic "South Seas" style with tiled floors and en suites. Each bungalow has a double and two single beds. The main resort complex houses the oceanview bar, restaurant, guest lounge and terrace, which face sensational sunsets. White Grass Ocean Resort is the perfect base from which to explore Tanna and operates its own 4WD safaris and daily adventure tours. Highlights are tours to the mighty Yasur volcano, custom villages and lots more including a 50m2 Turtle Sanctuary.

Solomon Islands at the Melbourne Expo

A two-day Travel Expo, held at the Melbourne Royal Exhibition from the 14th – 15th April was regarded as a success for the Solomon Islands. The trade show was attended by over 200 exhibitors. A Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) official along with representatives from the Uepi Island Resort and Dive Gizo & Munda manned the Solomon Islands booth, fielding an average of 60 enquiries per day. Visitors to the booth showed great interest on snorkeling and diving sites, good fishing spots, kayaking activities and wedding and honeymoon destinations. Over 400 brochures distributed to individuals and agents.

The event was a learning experience with the SIVB picking up some important points for the industry’s future marketing strategy. The SIVB official noted the need for more visual attractions such as pan pipers, artifacts, handicrafts and specially prepared giveaway-packages. The SIVB looks forward for the Bula Tourism Exchange held from 15th to 18th May at the Sheraton Golf and Racket Club in Nadi, Fiji. The Bureau anticipates participation from Tourism Solomons Ltd, a local inbound Tour Operator to join the Solomon Islands booth. (Source: Solomon Islands Tourism Online News April 2007)

Tonga Whale Watching Guidelines

Tonga's Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, its Ministry of Fisheries and the Tonga Visitors Bureau have jointly sponsored a brochure on what to do or what not to do for the ever increasing number of whale watching tourists. Whale watching in Tonga is centred mainly on the Humpback Whale which migrates to Tonga in the winter months (July to October) to breed and give birth. Other species of whales may be seen all year round. All whales and dolphins are protected under Tongan Law. The guidelines for whale watching have been designed to encourage safe, enjoyable and educative whale watching for all people interacting with whales in Tonga. (Source: Tonga Visitors Bureau Website)

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