The sun is shining, sun-lounges out and leis at the ready, Vanuatu is ready and waiting for visitors with businesses, resorts and activities reopening and the smiles of the local people wider than ever.
The category five cyclone caused destruction and devastation last month, but in true Vanuatu spirit the destination, which has long been a holiday paradise for Australian travellers, is back up and running.
Linda Kalpoi, general manager at Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), said Vanuatu has received overwhelming messages of support from past guests following Cyclone Pam.
“We thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and wishes during this challenging time, we still have smiles on our faces though and have been working hard to rebuild our paradise,” Ms Kalpoi said.
“Port Vila has almost fully recovered and other areas such as Espiritu Santo and Malekula, received no damage and continues to be fully operational.”
Throughout the recovery process many Australians have expressed interest in helping Vanuatu get back on its feet and now the tourist board is urging people to provide a helping hand via social media.
The new #YourHolidayHelps campaign includes three simple ways Australians can help in a small but effective way:
POST any photos of previous Vanuatu experiences on personal social media profiles using the hashtags #YourHolidayHelps #DiscoverVanuatu
BOOK a holiday to Vanuatu and help ensure the full circle of recovery is complete
SHARE holiday stories and pictures far and wide and encourage friends, families and colleagues to book their next holiday to Vanuatu
Ms Kalpoi said “hotels are reopening, tours are ready for booking and even the beautiful foliage you’re used to seeing here is starting to re-bloom, now we just need YOU. By helping us with these three things you could make a huge difference to the recovery of Vanuatu.”
For package deals visit www.discovervanuatu.com.au and for travel agents visit www.vanuatuspecialists.com.au