October 2008

The Travel Bug - Issue 44

Rhapsody of the Seas second visit to Port Vila

Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship arrived in Port Vila harbor exactly a year after its’ maiden visit, last year 23rd October 2007. The cruise ship carries with pride its’ Royal Caribbean International Cruiseliner trademark to all corners of the globe. Prior to arriving in Port Vila, she has visited Sydney, Noumea, Mystery Island, and today Port Vila.

Later this afternoon, she will be heading off to Champagne Beach, on Espiritu Santo. Rhapsody of the Seas is expected to stop over again in Port Vila before the end of year. The agent who represents, coordinates & looks after all entry/exit components of the cruise, and supplies Rhapsody’s cruise schedule is Mr Frank Maki from MV Havannah Office in Vila. Frank can be contacted on 7743977, for further enquiries. (Source: VTO Island Nius, October 2008)

Nominations for Vanuatu Tourism Awards 2008

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 Vanuatu Tourism Awards. Entry and nomination forms can be collected from: Adventures in Paradise, Le Lagon Resort, Moorings Hotel, and VTO. If you wish to enter your tourism business in the awards, you have till Friday 14th November to submit your nomination. The scope of the awards has been broadened this year with the following new categories added: Best Restaurant/Catering Service, Best New Tourism Development, Best Specialist Tourism Service. Operators/Individuals can enter the category they consider best suited to their business. Judges will assess each nomination on its merit with more emphasis in 2008 on the operation rather than the presentation of the nomination itself. (Source: VTO Island Nius, October 2008)

Ladies Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Nov. 4th

There are a few tables left for the Ladies Melbourne Cup Luncheon to be held on 4th November, 11.15am at the Port Vila Golf and Country Club in the marquee set on their beautiful course, and tickets are selling fast. This is an annual fundraiser supporting Ni Vanuatu Women's and Children's causes. Last years monies have been directed to the ‘Camp GLOW’ project which is to teach young women to be advocates for the healthy development of Ni Vanuatu youth and is implemented by Peace Corps. (Source: VTO Island Nius, October 2008)

Le Meridien Port Vila Casino New Manager

A promise of new growth comes with the appointment of Arjun Channa as General manager of Port Vila resort Spa & Casino, Vanuatu. With an 18-year career in the International Hotel Business, 14 of which with Starwood Hotels and resorts, spanning over 6 Countries, Mr Channa brings with him the wealth of knowledge and international experience to take Le Méridien Port Vila to the “next level”. Most recently Hotel Manager of the famous Sheraton Sanya Resort in Hainan island China, home of "miss World” for three consecutive years, he is all set to work with the local people to promote Vanuatu to the International Community. Recently refurbished, Le Méridien Port Vila resort, Spa & Casino, as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will undergo the second stage of the stunning makeover including new bathrooms, a new Children's Club, Day Spa, refurbished Casino and Boutique. The resort will progressively re develop its facilities throughout 2009. (Source: VTO Island Nius, October 2008)

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