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The Vanuatu Tourism office (VTO) is hosting a travel Expo on the 25th and 26th of June, one of the first of its kind in Vanuatu.

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The Department of Tourism (DoT) begun their awareness workshops for the Tourism Business Support Program, the Safe Business Operations and the Produktif Turism Blong Yumi Initiative with the Provincial Tourism Managers at Breakas’ Resort from Monday the 24th of May until Friday the 28th of M…

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The Agritourism Business Support Week held at Breakas’ Beach Resort on April 19th till April 23rd supported 30 Agritourism Operators throughout all 6 Provinces of Vanuatu, through a wide range of training and capacity building activities.

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The Department of Tourism (DoT), Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD, Vanuatu Skills Partnership (VSP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are joining forces to identify solutions to the ongoing impacts of climate variability and change o…

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The Vanuatu National Booking Platform for Tourism is the newest project by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Businesses in Partnership with and fully funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to assist the Tourism Industry in recovery from …

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There is no other industry in the world that has been hit as hard as the tourism by the effects of the COVID-19 border restrictions.

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With the significant loss of foreign exchange and Government revenue from the tourism industry as a result of the COVID 19 Global Pandemic immediate measures must be taken to address leakage, provide long lasting benefits and a higher value less vulnerable and dependent tourism industry in t…

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With international borders still closed due to COVID-19, Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, the Pacific region’s lead trade and investment promotion agency, has committed to upskilling tourism operators and providing practical tools to support businesses. Last week PTI Australia held an i…

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Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce, Cooperatives, Industry & Ni-Vanuatu Business, James Bule, said the cooperative system is the only way where ni-Vanuatu can work together and venture into business in a communal way that is compatible with Vanuatu’s cultural way of life.

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The SANMA Tourism Call Centre has reopened its doors to provide and improve domestic tourism, amidst the global pandemic that has crippled the country’s tourism industry.

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As part of the Vanuatu Tourism Crises Response and Recovery Plan the Department of Tourism (DoT) has completed stakeholder consultation and is now working with key partners within the financial institutions to finalise the details for a Sustainable Tourism Support Program (STSP).

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The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business has officially launched the Nabanga Stringband Competition, People’s Choice Award: Makura Tokolau’s new song — ‘Sapotem Lokol Turisim.’

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Last week, Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced that Vanuatu has recorded its first COVID-19 case on the 10th of November 2020.

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The Niufala Rod Blo Tourism is taking place this week at the Chief’s Nakamal. The focus on Monday was on the Immediate Response and Recovery Plan, the TamTam Travel Bubble, updates from our National Airline, and the impacts of the border closure to businesses. There are almost 300 attendees …

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Dialogue during day one of the four-day Tourism Forum focused on the tourism roadmap which targeted the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response Recovery Plan amidst the downturn of COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Niufala Rod Blo Tourism Week is taking place next week at the Chief’s Nakamal from Monday the 26th of October until Thursday the 29th of October.

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As part of the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan (VTCRRP) relating to Pillar 3 and business readiness, the Department of Tourism (DoT), in partnership with the Department of Public Health, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry,…

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The Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, James Bule launched the Direct Micro Expeller (DME) pilot project for the Virgin Coconut Oil on Mataidan, West Ambae as part of the Ambae Day celebration on the 2nd of October 2020.

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With the declaration by the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands last week of the first COVID-19 positive case; Vanuatu remains only one of a handful of countries in the region that remains COVID-free.

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When it is safe to do so, Vanuatu looks forward to welcoming international tourists back to our shores. In the meantime, the Department of Tourism is progressing their plans to build a stronger and more resilient future for the Vanuatu tourism industry.

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An important initiative of the Vanuatu Government is the training of business using the ‘Vanuatu Guidelines for Safe Businesses Operations (SBO) in the context of the COVID-19’ to apply the new health and safety procedures.

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This week’s update focusses on health and provides an update on the good progress being made to implement phase 1 of the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan (TCRRP) for all 5 pillars. Phase 1 of the TCRRP was supported in June 2020 by the Vanuatu Council of Ministers which was …

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The Department of Tourism’s community awareness team are in PENAMA Province this week carrying out awareness on the Tourism Crises Response and Recovery Plan (TCRRP), as well as consulting with key stakeholders who will provide input into the development of the PENAMA Sustainable Tourism Man…

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Today’s update focusses solely on health which is pillar 1 in the Tourism Crises Response & Recovery Plan (TCRRP). This is the safeguarding of the health of our citizens, workers, residents, and visitors.

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This week’s update focuses on access through air travel and cruise ships and how the future looks. We talk about the tourism industry survey being conducted this week, and will provide some more information on training businesses using the ‘Safe Business Operations (SBO)’ Guidelines.

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This week’s update from the Department of Tourism continues to focus on the preparedness of businesses, updates on health and safety and community awareness approach.The safety and livelihood of our people depends on a balance between the economy and health. Movement of people is for busines…

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In these ever changing and complex times, we understand that being informed and up to date is not easy. In an attempt to ensure we share as much information as possible, we will be providing more regular updates such as this one. While the current COVID-19 situation is still one of rapid cha…

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The island of Aneityum in the southern part of Vanuatu no longer receives tourists from cruise ships due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the world, but despite what seems to be a bleak future, new horizons are opening for the people on the island.

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On his first visit to the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), as the second time Tourism Minister of Tourism, James Bule, praised the Chief Executive Officer, Adela Aru and her staff for developing the Institution to where it is today.

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The ‘Tourism 40’ exhibition at the Espace Cultural du Alliance Français took place throughout this week as the tourism sector in Vanuatu celebrated 40 years of tourism at the Espace Culturel du Alliance Français.

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As the Vanuatu Tourism Office celebrated 40 years of tourism at the L’Espace Cultural du Alliance Français, Vanuatu’s first Minister of Finance Kalpokor Kalsakau, reflects on tourism development in the country over the decades.

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The Department of Tourism under the Tourism Support Program has commenced assistance to tourism operators during this quiet time while the borders are closed. This assistance is to address the shortfalls. Insufficient safe drinking water is a problem area that has been highlighted through su…

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Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni Vanuatu Business (MTTCNVB), Roy Mickey Joy has confirmed that the Director of Tourism Mr. Jerry Spooner has presented the Vanuatu Tourism Crisis Response and Recovery Plan and Budget to Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce …

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