November 2009

The Travel Bug - Issue 57

Vanuatu Marlin Classic in May 2010

The next year's Vanuatu Marlin Classic have been announced. It will be held from the 23rd – 29th May 2010. With a bigger and better format, next year’s tournament is sure to be huge. There is plenty of cash and prizes up for grabs and if this years tournament was anything to go by, we are sure that there will be some great fishing to be had.

If you are keen to come over and fish the tournament, you better book a boat as places are filling fast! Contact Crusoe Fishing on phone 77 45490 or 22439. Email

Beachfront Resort assists and supports MARC

Project MARC (Medical Assistance to Remote Communities) is a non-profit organization that has worked closely with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health for the past ten years to bring accessible and sustainable medical services to many isolated communities of rural Vanuatu. While operating in Samna province, the Beachfront Resort has served as a de facto headquarters and staging site for the organization.

VTO Vanuatu Tourism fan page on FaceBook

There was a good cause for Mr Danish Syed, owner of Aquamarine (a dive centre in Santo), an expert in digital marketing in the area of global tourism and the diving industry, to visit the VTO in the beginning of this month. His visit paved way to a new Vanuatu Tourism fan page on Facebook, which Danish has published after teaming up with the VTO website officer, who sent content material for the webpage. The aim is to expose Vanuatu to one of today’s largest social network on the Internet called Facebook, which was founded in 2004 and it gives people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

Over 300 million experiences have been shared on Facebook, and this provides an excellent opportunity for Vanuatu tourism to capture a wide audience and create an impact. Since the Vanuatu Tourism page has been activated online on Wednesday 28th October, many fans have already connected which have recorded over 250 members in less than 24hours. These are people on Facebook, who have heard of Vanuatu but want to know more about the destination, plus tourists who have been to Vanuatu, enjoyed their holiday, and signed up to become fans.

YouMe Support Foundation to host Guinness World Record on Nov. 19th

Elderly Australian couple, Richard Tendys and Wendy Stenberg-Tendys, CEO’s of YouMe Support Foundation, a registered charity in Vanuatu, are hosting a Guinness World Record on November 19th. The Tendys are raising the profile of Vanuatu on the world scene, by attempting a Guinness World Record, with the hope of being able to raise enough funds to enroll some more children into high school in the new year.

On November 19th, 2009, 820 Ni-Vanuatu children will attempt to beat the world record for ‘The Most Number Of People To Write a Story In 24 Hours’. The current record is held by 797 participants, organized by Novum Verlag GmbH in Neckenmarkt, Austria, on 15th July, 2007. Vanuatu has around 156 different languages, in a tropical island archipelago that stretches across nearly 1000 kms. For the majority of the Ni-Vanuatu children English is either a second or third language, following their home island language and Bishlama, the local common language used by the Ni-Vanuatu people.

Tusker Game Fishing Classic 28th – 29th November

The 2009 Tusker game Fishing Classic is being held on 28th and 29th November with all events, weigh ins, registration, awards dinner etc. at the Anchor Inn. Open to everyone either with their own boats or one of the local charter boats, all pelagic species earn points on a line class basis, and billfish on a tag and release points system. The competition usually attracts a lot of anglers both local and from abroad with the emphasis of having fun on the water. For further enquiries, contact Charles on phone +678 774 5490. Email Visit for more info.

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