Mystery Island to welcome 120 Cruise Ship visits next year

Mystery Island to welcome 120 Cruise Ship visits next year

Mystery Island to welcome 120 Cruise Ship visits next year

Post by Richard Butler | 1 January 2017 |

Mystery Island will be setting a new record in 2017, for the highest number of cruise ship calls in a year.

120 cruise ships are expected to visit the tiny islet and port of call off Tafea province this year, said the Director of Tourism (DoT), George Borugu.

mysteryislandcruiseship2Mystery Island [Aneityum Island in Tafea Province] is now the second most popular port of call in terms of call numbers after Port Vila, he conveyed.

According to the director, 109 cruise ships visited Mystery in 2016. Ovation of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship ever to visit the port of call early 2017.

To make the port of call a memorial adventure, the DoT have been working with tourism authorities such as the Australian Government funded TVET Sector Strengthening Program to prepare the locals to meet tourists expectations.

mystery-island-locals-prepare-to-greet-cruise-shipOne of the major activities that was implemented by TVET on Aneityum last year was an Agri-Tourism Project.

The TVET’s ‘Skills for Tourism’ Coordinator, Warren Gama, said the project objective is to develop Mystery Island direct revenue and passenger satisfaction by upskilling local operators and business owners in line with tourist demand and expectations.

To assist in generating more flow-on effects in the farming, livestock, fishing and handicraft production sectors for a more equitable and holistic development impact from cruise business, as well as inter-island trade, he added.

mystery-island-superb-swimmingThe project aims to create a value chain approach in linking agriculture and tourism, said Coordinator Gama.

Tourism is the main source of income for people in Tafea province.

Report by Anita Roberts, Vanuatu Daily Post

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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