Brian and Kevin proudly displaying their instructors certificates. A big thank you to Christian and Wills for their efforts in helping their mates.
Mark and the Team
First Phase of Vanuatu’s Runway Rehabilitation Now Complete
Official opening marks new era for tourism
Port Vila, 6 May, 2016: Yesterday’s official ceremony announcing the completion of the first phase of rehabilitation for Vanuatu’s Port Vila Bauerfield Airport marked a new era of tourism for the South Pacific nation.
With more flights to return in coming weeks, key industry developments and an exciting, integrated marketing campaign to be rolled out by Vanuatu Tourism Office, the coming months are set to be a turning point for Vanuatu.
Necessary repair work on the runway was completed in April by New Zealand contractors Fulton Hogan and the Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utility Hon. Jotham Napathas appointed an Airport Taskforce to finalise negotiations with the World Bank loan for the second phase of repairs.
Vanuatu Tourism Office’s General Manager, Linda Kalpoi, is thrilled that the first phase is complete and explains what it means for Vanuatu’s tourism industry.
“This is such an important moment for the tourism industry and we are looking at the completion of this first phase as a launching point for the next exciting stage of tourism for our country,” Ms Kalpoi said.
“The Minister for Tourism, The Honourable Joe Natumanhas announced an all-important recovery campaign, which will roll out in Australia and New Zealand over the next few months.
“The integrated ‘Discover What Matters’ marketing campaign will include travel trade education, public relations and digital marketing all developed to inspire and motivate people to book their holidays to Vanuatu and to reconnect with themselves and loved ones.”
Aligning with the campaign launch, the tourism industry is busy finalising new developments and improvements that will once again position Vanuatu as a leading holiday destination.
Some of these developments include:
Thenext phase of the rehabilitation will see the airport meet code E specifications which will allow it to cater for long-haul flights from wide bodied aircrafts – opening the door to more travellers from around the globe
Congratulations to everyone involved in the upgrade of the runway. Time now to buy those air tickets and come to beautiful Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary. Big smiles are awaiting your arrival.
See you soon,
Mark and the Team