Official dignitaries were welcomed to the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu last night (31st May) to formally re-open the resort.
Guests including Honourable Charlot Salwai Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman, local Government dignitaries, and other distinguished guests, were greeted by the local Erakor Children’s Choir who sung a medley of local Ni-Vanuatu songs.
Celebrations also included unique performances by the Leweton Cultural Village that showcased their renowned ‘Magical Water Music’ created by the community from Banks Island, as well as a traditional show from the Futuna Fatuana Cultural Group warriors.
Simon Douthett, General Manager of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu spoke about the long history behind the property and what it means to the people of Vanuatu to have the family-friendly resort reopen.
Mr Douthett said, ‘the property was branded a Holiday Inn Resort in 2010 but opened as an Intercontinental Hotel in 1975. There is no doubt that in that time the resort has become important to the community and the traveling public.’
Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu General Manager Simon Douthett, Honourable Charlot Salwai Prime Mini
‘I am both proud and humbled to be part of such an amazing destination which offers unique experiences and is home to some of the friendliest people in the world. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the government of Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Tourism Organisation for their positive approach to the tourism industry and said there is no doubt that there are positive times ahead,’ he added.
The Honourable Prime Minister Charlot Salwai officially declared the resort open by way of drumming a traditional Tam Tam announcing the occasion.
The resort has welcomed back over 70% of its friendly team and look forward to having many leisure travellers who visit every year return, as well as those new to the pacific paradise of Vanuatu.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu has reopened after a major revitalisation and restoration program, nearly 15 months after its closure due to the damage inflicted by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Located just minutes from Port Villa town, the resort is a quiet and beautiful haven with exclusive lagoon frontage. The resorts family-style accommodation and romantic overwater villas reflect the tropical beauty and Melanesian flavour of Vanuatu.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu boasts 148 guest rooms, including 10 overwater villas on a private island which are perfect for weddings, families and groups.
Facilities include; a spa, tennis court, stunning pool areas, kids’ club, golf course and water sports, with sophisticated furniture and local art to make each area an oasis of beauty and inspiration.