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Australian wholesalers ‘Wake Up’ in Vanuatu at this year’s Tok Tok

September 5, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Vanuatu’s two-day travel industry event, Tok Tok 2017, wrapped up on Friday 1 September, 2017 with a lively gala dinner held at the host venue, Iririki Island Resort and Spa in Port Vila.

The annual networking event, which is now in its 15th year, was held on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September where 51 wholesalers from Australia, New Zealand, North America, New Caledonia, China, Japan and Fiji were invited to discover or rediscover Vanuatu, exchange ideas and get updates on completed developments and numerous projects to come.

(L-R: Donald Pelam, Director Department of Tourism; Avio Robert, Chairman Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO); Asha Ali, ANZ Acting Country Manager; Hon. Joe Natuman, Deputy Prime Minister; Adela Issachar Aru VTO General Manager; George Borugu, Acting Director General ANZ; Carolyn Kipe)

Participants were encouraged to embrace this year’s theme, ‘Wake Up in Vanuatu’ and escape their everyday routine by waking up surrounded by the tropical beauty of this island nation.

Acknowledging the variety of new developments underway around the country, Vanuatu Tourism Office’s General Manager, Adela Issachar Aru said it is an exciting time to bring global wholesalers to Vanuatu and showcase their latest hotels, tours and infrastructure projects.

“Our tourism product is continually being enhanced and upgraded across the board in Vanuatu. A new 1.2km seafront precinct, which opened on the Friday of Tok Tok, is just one of many new developments currently underway.”

New seafront precinct in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Further developments include a new cruise ship wharf on Espiritu Santo, which was officially opened last month, and renovations to the Bauerfield International Airport terminal, that are due for completion at the end of the year.

Ms Issachar Aru continued, “New product represented at Tok Tok included the new boutique resort, The Moso; Ramada Resort Port Vila, which opened in May 2017; The Black Pearl on Espiritu Santo, which will open next year; as well as newly re-opened properties Friendly Beach on Tanna and Tamanu on the Beach on Efate.”

“There was a lot to parade at this year’s Tok Tok and it is always exciting to share our enhanced product with those contributing to the growth of our nation’s tourism industry,” Mrs Issachar Aru said.

Pre and post famils allowed wholesalers to conduct site inspections of the destination’s varied accommodation on Vanuatu’s main islands, Tanna, Espiritu Santo and Efate as well as indulge in a bit of adventure.

Whether sipping champagne on the edge of a volcano in Tanna, diving into fresh water blue holes in Espiritu Santo or dancing to local contemporary music on the sand in Port Vila, every delegate got a taste of Vanuatu’s appealing attractions.

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