APIBC NEWS: VANUATU : 6th May 2016

Phase one rehabilitation for Vanuatu’s Port Vila Bauerfield Airport is complete

Vanuatu is back on the tourism map after the completion of important works to Bauerfield Airport to bring the airport back up to international safety standards, with flight operators such as Virgin Australia resuming services to Port Vila.


Vanuatu is back on the tourism map after the completion of important works to Bauerfield Airport to bring the airport back up to international safety standards. A press release from the Vanuatu Tourism office details this and more developments for Vanuatu tourism.  

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 Napat has 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 Natuman has 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:

• Iririki Island Resort & Spa re-opening its door this week after impressive renovations

• Trusted global brand The Holiday Inn will re-open in coming weeks following repairs

• A brand new Ramada property, Akiriki Resort, is well underway

• Iconic restaurant Tamanu on the Beach is undergoing a major upgrade including additional accommodation options and is set to open 1 October, 2016

• Air Vanuatu has announced increased weekly flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland commencing 1 June

The next 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.

For trade updates on Vanuatu please visit http://www.vanuatuspecialists.com.au

***For more information on the Vanuatu ‘Discover what matters’ campaign, visit the website: http://www.discovervanuatu.com.au/

Following this announcement, Virgin Australia has recommenced their air services to Vanuatu, stating the following; ‘Virgin Australia wishes to advise that its team of safety experts have conducted an inspection of the runway at Port Vila, Vanuatu and the airline intends to resume its normal operations to and from Port Vila from Monday 23 May 2016. Safety is always our number one priority and we will continue to monitor the runway to ensure that it remains suitable for operations.

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