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Issue 54 - August 2009

Vanuatu Baristas Competition Invites World's Best

Vanuatu’s annual barista competition will be held this year from 12 -14 November at Le Lagon Resort Port Vila. This year, baristas worldwide are invited to enter and compete for the title against Vanuatu’s best. The competition is part of the worldwide barista competition circuit and will follow international rules. International judge Robert Forsyth (Cafe Latte judge, World Coffee in Good Spirit judge, World Ibrik judge) will help to judge and oversee the competition, ensuring it meets world standards.

With rich volcanic and organic soil perfect for growing coffee and French heritage from its time as a French Anglo condominium, it is not surprising that Vanuatu has a strong coffee culture. The competition is the perfect opportunity for Australian baristas to compete in a professional competition, share skills and discover an island paradise with friendly people, coral reefs, waterfalls, crystal clear turquoise ocean and of course, good coffee. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

New General Manager for Ratua Private Island

Frederick Jean-Claude Maclean takes the helm as Ratua Private Island’s first general manager where he and his wife, Victoria, will look after this luxurious 146-acre getaway in the magical Vanuatu Archipelago. With 30 years of hospitality experience – 22 with five-star properties – Frederick is well suited to look after Ratua guests.  He has a remarkable ability to motivate staff and promote a strong and healthy sense of teamwork. Frederick’s accomplishments include his most recent work at Lizard Island Resort, Bedarra Island Resort and Hayman Island – all of which earned him numerous award and accolades. His experience in pre- and re-opening is extensive. He participated in the opening of seven hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, including French Polynesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and three in Australia. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

Vanuatu Kitesurfing Classic in September

Vanuatu Kitesurfing Classic in September
Kitesurfing Classic in Vanuatu postponed until September

The Vanuatu International Kitesurfing VIKC 2009, has released a short notice for the competitors, that it’s partners and organizers of the have decided to postpone the competition to the 15th to 20th September 2009. The choice has been made regarding the calendar of the international competitions around and the school holidays of Australia and New Caledonia in order to bring over more riders and families.

This year’s Vanuatu International Kitesurfing Classic will take place on Efate Island, with two new events introduced which are Wave riding and Air Time. The first 4 days of the competition will be at Pango Village where the wave riding will be organized. And if the wind is off, Pango provides some very good surf breaks. During this time there will also be two long distance races along the pristine coastline between Pango and Mele Bay's Hideaway Island Resort. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

Diesel and Swing Central coming to Sebel Hotel & Iririki Resort

The Sebel Hotel and Iririki Island Resort have organized a "Swing Central" and “Diesel” upcoming weekend gigs. On the 29th – 30th August, Sebel and Iririki will be swinging with Swing Central, fronted by Brad Leaver who is considered to be one of Australia's foremost crooners. So if you love the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble & the like, then this is your weekend. On October 17th-18th, the truly amazing "Diesel" will be performing an intimate solo dinner show live in Crystals, then the following day on Iririki Island’s Snorkeler’s Cove. In the words of Molly Meldrum "do yourself a favour" as he really is one of the best. For more information, contact Mack on +678 28882 Email:

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