Vanuatu’s travel industry event – Tok Tok – wrapped up for another year on Friday, with a lively gala dinner held at the host venue, Iririki Island Resort and Spa in Port Vila.
Now in its 15th year, the annual networking event with the theme for 2017 – ‘Wake Up in Vanuatu’ – brought together 51 travel wholesalers from Australia, New Zealand, North America, New Caledonia, China, Japan and Fiji to discover, or rediscover, Vanuatu.
L-R: Donald Pelam, Director Department of Tourism; Avio Robert, Chairman Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO); Asha Ali, ANZ Acting Country Manager; Hon. Joe Natuman, Deputy Prime Minister; Adela Issachar Aru VTO General Manager; George Borugu, Acting Director General ANZ; Carolyn Kipe
Vanuatu Tourism Office’s General Manager, Adela Issachar Aru said it is an exciting time to bring global wholesalers to Vanuatu and showcase their latest hotels, tours and infrastructure projects, particularly with a variety of new developments currently already underway in the country. These include a new cruise ship wharf on Espiritu Santo, which was officially opened last month, and renovations to the Bauerfield International Airport terminal, that are due for completion at the end of the year.
“Our tourism product is continually being enhanced and upgraded across the board in Vanuatu. A new 1.2km seafront precinct, which opened on the Friday of Tok Tok, is just one of many new developments currently underway,” said Ms Issachar Aru.
“New product represented at Tok Tok included the new boutique resort, The Moso; Ramada Resort Port Vila, which opened in May 2017; The Black Pearl on Espiritu Santo, which will open next year; as well as newly re-opened properties Friendly Beach on Tanna and Tamanu on the Beach on Efate.”