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Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency This article about buying Vanuatu real estate was written by Richard Butler, current special economic commerce envoy and former trade commissioner from 2012 to 2015 and reappointed in April 2017 for a further 2-year term. Mr...

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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...

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Be part of Malekula’s adventure

Post by Richard Butler | 12 March 2017 | MALEKULA island is the second biggest island in Vanuatu and it is famous for its unusual festivals. Malampa Travel, local tour specialists, says if you’re keen on an outer-island cultural extravaganza then Malekula, with its...

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Vanuatu’s Torba province to ban Western junk food

Post by Richard Butler extracted from| 7th February 2017 | THE next time you holiday in Vanuatu, don’t expect to see any M&Ms or Mars Bars in every hotel minibar. The Pacific nation’s northern Torba province is set to ban foreign junk food from...

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Vanuatu province of Torba first to be declared organic

Post by Richard Butler | 24 January 2017 | TORBA Province – often described as the ‘forgotten province’ – is now the first to be declared ‘Organic Province’ by its provincial tourism council. The chairman of the TORBA Tourism Council, the former Head of State, Father...

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When in Port Vila… get out of town

Post by Richard Butler | 15 January 2017 | GET out of Port Vila and experience a tour that highlights the true untouched spirit of Vanuatu in the new Turtle Reef glass bottom boat cruise. That is the credo from the owner of Turtle Reef cruises, Chrissy Boland, who is...

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French chocolatier buys Vanuatu cocoa plantation

Post by Richard Butler | 2 January 2017 | A French chocolate company in New Caledonia has taken over a Vanuatu cocoa plantation to produce organic chocolate. The company Biscochoc will take over management of the 500 hectare (5 square kilometers) plantation in January...

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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...

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First Chinese Cruise Ship Visits Vanuatu

Post by Richard Butler | 16 December 2016 | The Costa Atlantica, currently sailing China's first 46-day cruise to the South Pacific, has become the first large cruise to visit Vanuatu from China as it berthed in Port Villa earlier in the week with over 2,000 Chinese...

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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...

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2016.09.11 – I’m Ba-a-ack!

Richard brings us up to date (don't miss this short podcast) Today marks the re-launch of the "Lifestyles and Real Estate of the South Pacific" podcast. We know, it's been a long time, and with good reason. All is explained in this short episode. Listen or download...

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Port Vila Wharf Capacity increased to two Cruise Ships

Post by Richard Butler | 9 August 2016 | The Director of South Seas Shipping, Mr John Tonner today revealed that the Cruise Tourism Committee has successfully completed its Traffic Management Plan for the wharf area and it plans to make it available from the next...

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Maritime Silk Road Expo promotion launched in Port Vila

Post by: Richard Butler | 8 August 2016 | * Richard Butler, travelling with Deputy Mayor Yang Xiaotang of the Chinese Powerhouse first tier City of Dongguan in southern China and currently on a road show in the South Pacific including Australia, New Zealand and the...

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Plans to Upgrade Airport to Welcome Tourists in Bigger jets

Post by Richard Butler | 1 Aug 2016 | With the Airport Services now resumed at Vanuatu's Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, plans are now proceeding increase it’s accessibility by improving the present services.  With the new services the Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport...

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Tourism Market Recovery Stands at Vt180 million

Post By Richard Butler | June 20th 2016 Tourism is of great importance in these days not only for Vanuatu also for the whole world.  The tourism market contributes to the World’s 11% GDP and for Vanuatu it is as high as 40%. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of...

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Masters in Paradise

Post By Richard Butler | 6th June 2016 | "Masters in Paradise" is the title of the annual regatta held on Port Vial's Second Lagoon. If you are expecting state of the art rowing sculls, you will certainly see them - but not surprisingly for Vanuatu, alongside will be...

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A rising tide will lift all boats

By Richard Butler  |  22nd May, 2016  | What a great statement this is, that was made this week in Vanuatu in a story in our local paper.  It has ushered in a new sense of hope and promise. It was used in a release of the concept plan that was included in the request...

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