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Tourism growth could expand to unforeseen numbers

Richard Butler | Island Life | 23 Nov 2018 The tourism industries of SPTO member countries will benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) through the promotion of the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 (CPTY). This was announced by President Xi Jinping on Friday...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Port Vila Seafront Walkway and Parkland

  https://vimeo.com/301937445 A video by Megan Singleton (top NZ Blogger) produced by Media Mash to celebrate the newly upgraded Port Vila Seafront Walkway and Parkland stretching from Chantillys and Moorings Hotel to the Port Vila Market house, which will launch this...

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Maiden voyage with 54 ni-Vanuatu

Richard Butler | Daily Post | June 28th 2017 For P&O Cruise Liner, Pacific Explorer, this is its maiden voyage to Port Vila under its new name even though it had visited in the past as Dawn Princess. Not only that but it also has 54 ni-Vanuatu young men and women...

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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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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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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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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....

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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...

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Meet the Vanuatu duo taking on the world

Post by Richard Butler, Co-Editor | 20 April 2016 Every four years there’s an Olympic story which captures the heart of the world and this summer Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu are dreaming that it’s them making waves on the Copacabana. Four years ago the smiley...

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