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Virgin Oz mulls deploying Tigerair on South Pacific routes

Richard Butler | Ch Aviation | Aug 17th 2018 Virgin Australia Holdings is considering deploying its Tigerair Australia (TT, Melbourne Tullamarine) unit on South Pacific routes, a filing with Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) has revealed. In an...

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US troops to begin aid mission on Vanuatu island

Richard Butler | Stripes.com | July 14th 2018 U.S. troops will conduct humanitarian operations next week on a South Pacific island that, some have speculated, is eyed by China as a potential overseas military base. About 65 U.S. troops will provide humanitarian...

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Put this on your Bucket list

By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  and AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS | July 10th 2018 A helicopter pilot has shared hair-raising footage of the view just above the mouth of a bubbling volcano. In a jaw-dropping video shared by Vanuatu Helicopters this week, Pilot...

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Vanuatu’s ban on single use plastic comes into effect

Richard Butler | Island Life Mag | July 6th 2018 The Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu who pioneered the “No Plastic – Vanuatu” initiative begins his shopping with an environmentally-friendly re-usable ABM shopping bag launched in all outlets this...

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The Self-Serving Scramble for the Developing World

Richard Butler | Foreign Policy Journal | July 3rd 2018 The tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu is only the latest developing nation to fall victim to a highly disturbing trend: regional economic giants—in this case China and Australia—playing out their personal rivalries...

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Off the grey list

Richard Butler | Daily Post | July 3rd 2018 In a plenary session ending Friday last week, the Financial Action Task Force formally removed Vanuatu from the list of ‘high risk jurisdictions’. The FATF is a global organisation mandated to rein in money laundering and...

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New air cargo terminal to cater for long haul flights

Richard Butler | Daily Post | June 8th 2018 The Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jotham Napat has officially opened the Vanuatu Terminal Services, Bauerfield International Airport’s air cargo terminal expansion. In his official address, Mr Napat said...

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New City

Richard Butler | Daily Post | June 6th 2018 An ambitious new project is emerging at Narpow Point on Efate. The construction of a new modern city, dubbed the “Rainbow International City” and “Little Singapore”, by the FPF Company Limited is underway. It is scheduled to...

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Vanuatu on show in London

Richard Butler  |  MWREL.com  |  April 22th 2018 This week in London there were thousands of eager investors queuing up to view displays and hear talks showcasing investments from many countries. Vanuatu was represented by Melanesian Waterfront Real Estate, a Vanuatu...

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Bungee jumping in Vanuatu

Richard Butler | The Australian | March 9th 2018 Have seen so many bungee jumps on weekdays, but do you know the origin of bungee jumping? Now let us follow the pace of small tile to Vanuatu visit mysterious "bungee origin", and there is a very local custom - crazy...

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China direct flights about to start

Richard Butler | Daily Post | Feb 19th 2018 The outcome of Vanuatu’s bilateral talks with Civil Aviation Administration of China at Asia Pacific (APAC) Ministerial Conference has been hailed as "positive". Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) Joseph...

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Air Vanuatu announces more international flights

Richard Butler | Daily Post | Feb 2nd 2018 Air Vanuatu has announced additional capacity on international routes with an agreement to lease a Boeing 737 from Nauru Airlines during peak season ongoing until January 2020. The additional aircraft will operate new...

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Tourism as a way to lift the Pacific out of poverty

Richard Butler | TRF News | Nov 6th 2017 The seafront of Port Vila, Vanuatu, bustles with activity. Traders – most of them women – call out to tourists wandering past, imploring them to take a look at a kaleidoscopic island dress or intricately woven basket. These...

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Vanuatu assures envoy it is committed to One China Policy

Richard Butler | Island Life | Nov 3rd 2017 The Vanuatu prime minister has assured China’s ambassador that Vanuatu is committed to the One China Policy. Charlot Salwai made the comment on Wednesday during the official presentation of over 400 athletes and officials...

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Work finally begins on rehab of main Vanuatu airport

Richard Butler | RNZ News | Nov 3rd 2017 Work has finally begun on the rehabilitation of Vanuatu's main international airport in Port Vila. The World Bank-funded Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project is led by a Chinese contractor. China Civil Engineering Construction...

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340-day contract commencement date effective: AVL CEO

Richard Butler | Daily Post | Oct 25th 2017 The end of the contracts for Port Vila's Bauerfield Aiport, Pekoa (Santo)and Whitegrass (Tanna) is set for September 2018. The 340-day contract commencement date started yesterday (Tuesday, October 24), the Chief Executive...

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Air Vanuatu in New Caledonia flights

Richard Butler | RNZ News | Oct 23th 2017 Air Vanuatu and New Caledonia's Aircalin have signed a codeshare agreement. The deal provides for six flights a week between Port Vila and Noumea, with Air Vanuatu flying four times a week and Aircalin twice. The two airlines...

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Vanuatu to enhance renewables with USD-12m ADB financing

Richard Butler | Renewables Now | Oct 11th 2017 October 11 (Renewables Now) - The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu will receive USD 12 million (EUR 10.2m) in funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to enhance renewables and improve power access on the islands of...

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Maritime Silk Road expo sees growth

Richard Butler | China Daily | Sept 26th 2017 The 2017 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo, also known as the MSR Expo, held in Dongguan, Guangdong province, from Thursday to Sunday, attracted some 251,000 domestic and foreign participants....

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China’s Millennials Are Driving World Travel Growth

Tourism boom helps rebalance economy to more consumer-led growth Post by Richard Butler | 24 September 2017 | Burgeoning wanderlust among young Chinese is becoming a key driver of global travel growth and helping reshape the domestic economy. "China, led by younger...

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BAUERFIELD TERMINAL UPGRADE

Richard Butler | Daily Post | Sept 16 2017 FEATURE Airports Vanuatu Ltd has just announced plans to upgrade the existing Bauerfield airport terminal, with the intention of having it ready in time for the influx of athletes and officials attending the Pacific Mini...

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