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Travel Bug 46

Issue 46 - December 2008

Green Travel Newsletter

Vanuatu Hotels is a member of the whl.travel network (www.whl.travel), a global community comprising of hundreds of local travel operators, all with strong affiliations with other like minded major international travel organizations. This global community shares a commitment to connecting with responsible travelers around the world about the great places in which we live. In doing so, they emphasize the importance of protecting their local environment, heritage and culture upon which they must build a sustainable future to be cherished by our children and many generations of travelers.

whl.travel has launched a newsletter that helps to reach out to this key audience of millions of ethical travellers interested in destinations like Vanuatu. It is a blog-based resource for the experiential traveler to share special insider travel tips about emerging and established destinations and much more. A trip advisor if you like, but dedicated only to green travelling. (Source: VTO Island Nius – December 2008)

2008 Vanuatu Tourism Awards

The 2008 Vanuatu Tourism Awards have been judged and the awards presented in a spectacular Gala dinner held on Saturday 6th December at Le Lagon Resort. The evening was aided by balmy weather and a magnificently prepared venue, which was due to the combined efforts of Le Lagon Resort and Events Vanuatu who also assisted the 2008 organizing committee to plan and decorate the venue. The evening unfolded with a combination of great food and entertainment by Crowning Moments.

The all important awards presentation was soon underway with Chairman Bryan Death updating the Industry Associates with some very positive data on Vanuatu tourism arrivals in 2008 and he delivered a clear and positive message regarding the future as the world economies struggle with the global monetary crisis and the possible downturn in visitors. Bryan was confident that Vanuatu was well positioned to capture it’s fair share of the tourism dollar from Australia and New Zealand particularly as the destination still represented great value with low season airfares and accommodation offering keeping Vanuatu at the forefront of traveler’s minds.

The Awards saw some new categories introduced for the first time including a Green Award won by “Epi Island Guest House”, Best New Tourism Business award won by “Eratap Beach Resort”, Best Tourism Specialist services won by “Events Vanuatu” best Restaurant / Catering Services won by “Vila Chaumiere” Outstanding Achievement Award won by “Solomon Mantana from Island Dreams Kayaking”. The evening culminated with the awarding of the prestigious Chairman’s Award which this year was awarded to current VHRA Chairman, Tony Burns. (Source: VTO Island Nius – December 2008)

Vanuatu Tourism Summit

A one day Tourism Summit was held last week in Port Vila, where 80 people attended. Minister for Trade and Tourism Hon James Bule noted that Tourism is the largest sector in Vanuatu. The Summit came up with actions to further stimulate tourism development throughout Vanuatu’s islands. The Annual Tourism Awards followed and 230 people celebrated a successful year. Le Lagon GM Tony Burns received the Chairman’s Award for contribution to the industry. (Source: Pacific Pulse December 2008)

New Tanna Lodge Villas

Tanna Lodge is set on 4 beautiful hectares and is nestled in a private bay with exclusive beachfront. Only 20 minutes from Whitegrass airport, our 13 spacious Melanesian styled Villas feature tiled floors, double vanities set in teak timber bench tops with large mirrors, cement rendered walls and extensive teak joinery and furniture. All rooms have direct access to the beach and ocean views, spacious ensuites with private garden showers.

Our new bar, lounge and restaurant facility is a stunning tow-level building that comfortably seats 100 guests. The building has panoramic 360 degree views that include bative, bush, our landscaped gardens and fine vistas over our private beach which faces directly out to spectacular sunsets. Air Vanuatu Island Tours offers a package of 48,700vt (plus tax) per person, includes Vila and Tanna return flight, 1 night accommodation with continental breakfast, Volcano tour including entrance fees, Guide services. (Source: VTO Island Nius November 2008)

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