Tok Tok Vanuatu has become Vanuatu Tourism Office’s (VTO) and the Tourism industry’s prime signature event.
This year, a lot of time, efforts, and sacrifice were devoted to Tok Tok by the entire staff of VTO, Iririki Island Resort & Spa, members of the organizing committee, event stakeholders, and partners.
2016 Tok Tok Vanuatu took place last week at Iririki Island Resort & Spa assembling close to 150 delegates ie. 92 sellers (local tourism operators) and 54 buyers (international wholesalers & media) coming from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, the United States, Fiji Islands, China, and Italy.
Buyers kick started Tok Tok with an adventure, and absolutely enjoying Tanna island and Espiritu Santo with raving remarks and positive feedbacks. A handful of wholesalers stayed on post Tok Tok to visit Ambrym island and enjoyed their experience.
Tok Tok Vanuatu was declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and same time Minister of Tourism and Trade Honorable Joe Natuman, on Thursday 25th August at 8.30am, and was closed on the following evening on Friday 26th August 9pm, at Iririki Island Resort.
In the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech, he called the event a testament to the country’s full recovery 18 months post Cyclone Pam and it was perfect time now for wholesalers and media delegates to re-sample Vanuatu and discover that the destination has returned to how it was before TC Pam or even better with latest infrastructure establishments such as National Convention Center and current developments of the Port Vila City Beautification project.
Tok Tok 2016 provided the opportunity for wholesalers to reconnect with their Vanuatu counterparts & tourism business partners, as well as meet and make new acquaintances to seal new business relationships.
Tok Tok Vanuatu Chairlady Mrs Linda Kalpoi remarks, “We have again had great support from our main sponsors ANZ Bank, along with Air Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Iririki Island Resort, and Adventures in Paradise contributing significantly to the event”.
Mrs Kalpoi further adds, “As we were progressing towards Tok Tok week, we received a spike of support from over 40 companies in the business sectors as well as provincial councils and media organization who gave their green light to support. We also want to thank these businesses for without their support alongside our main sponsors and partners, Tok Tok Vanuatu would not have been a success and we look forward to continuing this partnership in our next Tok Tok event.”
Vanuatu Tourism Office and the 2016 Tok Tok Vanuatu committee sincerely thank the following sponsors and partners for their huge contributions towards this year’s even: Main sponsors/partners – ANZ Vanuatu Ltd, Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Iririki Island Resort & Spa, Adventures In Paradise, the Vanuatu Government. Other sponsors/partners/media support in alphabetical order – Airports Vanuatu, Angelfish Cove Villas, AON, Aore Island Resort, Barrett and Partners, Barrier Beach Resort, Breakas Beach Resort, Budget Rental Vanuatu, Colorite Graphics Printers, Coral Quays Dive & Fish Resort, Department of Tourism, Eden on the River, Entani Company Ltd, Espiritu Santo Tourism Association, Friendly Beach Bungalows, Grand Hotel & Casino, Holiday Inn Resort, Malampa Provincial Council, Nambawan Wota, Port Vila Municipality, Publiconcept, Ratua Private Island, Reef Explorer, Sanma Provincial Council , Shefa Provincial Council, South Pacific Cruises / Tranquility Island Resort, South Pacific Meat Supplies,, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Tafea Tourism Council, Tafea Provincial Council, Tanna Coffee, Tanna Evergreen Resort, Telecom Vanuatu Limited, The Havannah, The Summit, Unelco, Vanuatu Brewing Ltd, Vanuatu Fireworks – Traverso Sandrino, Vanuatu Hotels & Resorts Association, Vanuatu Media Marketing, Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, White Grass Ocean Resort, and Whitelight Media.
British TV-producers Filming Adventure Epic on Gaua
Television production contractors working for Britain’s Channel 4 have been filming an adventure epic on the remote Northern island of Gaua, in the Banks group, earlier this week, the Daily Post can reveal.
The British filmmakers even took part in a Gaua kastom divination ceremony, and were given two wild pigs as a gift, the Daily Post has learned.
According to a document passed to the Daily Post by a local man who requested anonymity, the film crew are working on an action series called “Mutiny”. The film may end up showcasing one of Vanuatu’s most beautiful islands to millions of viewers in Europe.
The document passed to the Daily Post describes the purpose of the film as recreating the storied voyage of a small group of sailors in the late 18th century: “Seven adventurers re-live the epic voyage of the sailors who survived the Mutiny on the Bounty”. Read more…
Bauerfield rehabilitation is government’s priority: DPM
The construction and rehabilitation of Bauerfield airport is being addressed by the Government as a “highest priority”.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Joe Natuman, confirmed that in his official address during the opening of TokTok Vanuatu this week.
“Work has commenced with the selection of construction companies.”
DPM Natuman also said the Government through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities is ensuring the resurfacing of the runway with improvement of the apron area to be capable of handling larger aircraft in the future.
According to minister, the Government of Vanuatu is injecting extra funding to assist the already agreed loan from the World Bank.
Natuman acknowledged that maintaining a sustainable tourism growth remains a top priority for the current Government, as arrivals have shown to have a direct impact on economic growth.
Source: Glenda Willie, Daily Post