Chinese tourism key to unlocking growth potential of Pacific nations: World Bank

Chinese tourism key to unlocking growth potential of Pacific nations: World Bank

Richard Butler | China Daily | Sept 5th 2017 SYDNEY -- Often overlooked in terms of the broader world view, the nations of the South Pacific are primed with tremendous growth opportunities over the next few decades, with tourism from China pegged as one of the most promising aspects of their development. In a new report set to be released on Thursday by the World Bank entitled Pacific Possible, and obtained early by Xinhua, coinciding with the Pacific Islands Forum underway this week in Read more [...]
Vanuatu & China Celebrate 35 years of friendship

Vanuatu & China Celebrate 35 years of friendship

Post by Richard Butler | 19 March 2017 | 35 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Vanuatu and China, were celebrated at the new national convention centre with the Prime Minister and the Chinese Vanuatu Embassy Ambassador Liu Quan. The Ambassador in his speech reminded us that on March 26th, 1982 and then Prime Minister Walter Lini signed the Historic document to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries.  Vanuatu thus became the first western government to recognise Read more [...]
25% of Americans Threaten To Leave If Trump Is Elected: Where Will They Go?

25% of Americans Threaten To Leave If Trump Is Elected: Where Will They Go?

Post by Richard Butler | 2 November 2016 | Record numbers of Americans are renouncing citizenship. Four times a year the Treasury Department names individuals ho renounced -- publicly. The numbers are HUGE. One poll, reported in The Hill, shows 25% of Americans will consider leaving if Donald Trump is elected. Of course, most who threaten to leave because of politics are not earnest. For those who are, they may mean a short-lived move -- not a final exit. Giving up citizenship is a huge deal, Read more [...]
Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Post by Adrian Bishop | 12 October 2016 | A fast-track immigration scheme provides citizenship in the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu in as little as under a month. The government Capital Investment Immigration Plan costs $260,000 per applicant, inclusive of spouse and two children under 18, plus other fees, and a decision is usually reached in just four to six weeks. Former Vanuatu trade official, Richard Butler, has recently become a Tier 1 migration authorised agent for Vanuatu passports, Read more [...]
Good news for locals, investors, retirees and relocators

Good news for locals, investors, retirees and relocators

By Adrian Hunter | 18th May 2016 | The new Government within these short 3 months of their taking power has been able to put forward a new vision for the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu.   The island nation has already made a remarkable appearance under the world's spotlight with the Convention Centre.  Now the ruling Government with 80% of their own ministers has finally been able to fulfil their initial objectives.  Prime Minister Salwai has also been very proactive in all aspects of the Island Read more [...]
Convention Centre to bring profits to Tourism operators

Convention Centre to bring profits to Tourism operators

Post By Richard Butler | 14th May 2016 | With the new National Convention Centre now built in the Capital of Port Vila and handed over to Vanuatuan control, the small Pacific nation of Vanuatu has been provided with a venue that will attract many inbound travellers. The increase in visitors should begin soon, and all providers of tourism services – including transport, accommodation, restaurants, sight-seeing and sporting services – stand to benefit. The convention centre has been Read more [...]
Disaster-resistant housing good for investment

Disaster-resistant housing good for investment

  Post by Richard Butler | 4th May, 2016 | Not only Expat buildings are being constructed in Vanuatu to exacting cyclone-proof and earthquake-proof standards. Here is a great story from the southern island of Tanna, Vanuatu, which shows how the locals are also getting safe housing.  This means investors in tourism, agriculture and other projects in Vanuatu can rest easy knowing the potential disruption that may be caused by such natural events will be minimised.  Most importantly, Read more [...]
Land of 1000 Dancers

Land of 1000 Dancers

Post by Richard Butler | 26th April 2016 | An article by Anita Roberts with the above title has appeared in the Vanuatu Daily Post. (See extract below) This is excellent news for those wanting to move to, invest in, or do business in Vanuatu. It augers well for future development on Tanna Island, and will surely make it more attractive for tourism ventures to set up here. We applaud the government of Vanuatu and the people of Tanna for their forward thinking attitude. There is always a concern Read more [...]
World Bank: Runway OK! And here’s $59 million to make it better!

World Bank: Runway OK! And here’s $59 million to make it better!

Post by Richard Butler, Co-Editor | 21 April 2016 | A representative of the world bank has given the repairs to the Port Vila airport runway the OK for safety. He advises that the $59 million loan will require intense work within a 12 month period to design and put out to tender the further development of the two international airports in Vanuatu. The concepts are to upgrade the two main established international air access ports that have been receiving international flights for decades, making Read more [...]
Could Vanuatu Be the Best Value Choice For a Second Passport?

Could Vanuatu Be the Best Value Choice For a Second Passport?

Post by Richard Butler, Co-Editor | 20 April 2016 The prestigious online news service "Huffington Post" has come out with an article highlighting the value of a Vanuatu passport. In an article entitled "Could Vanuatu Be the Best Value Choice For a Second Passport?" Charmaine Belonio sang the praises of making this wise choice. Here is her article verbatim... In this ever-changing world we live in, you can’t always be sure about what the future holds for you, your family, business, and Read more [...]
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