first_imgAlways popular with agents, Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) brought another fun-filled week-long tour to the Australian travel trade last week, kicking off with Sydney on Monday, followed by a mid-week soiree in Brisbane, with Melbourne hosting the finale last Thursday. VTO, along with 22 local operators, welcomed over 400 agents to the educational evenings, which showcased the destination’s latest and greatest offerings through interactive games and networking opportunities.This year’s tour was designed to provide a platform for face-to-face introductions, enabling agents to discover new products and increase their destination knowledge, along with the opportunity to score themselves some fantastic prizes, including a major prize giveaway.One lucky agent in each city walked away with return international airfare from Sydney or Brisbane to Port Vila thanks to Air Vanuatu; two nights’ accommodation at the Havannah on Efate; two nights at White Grass Ocean Resort on Tanna and a night volcano tour at Mount Yasur with Entani. Vanuatu Tourism Office’s Chief Executive Officer, Adela Issachar Aru, said these industry events are crucial to driving interest from the Australian market and ultimately continuing to increase visitor figures year on year.“Australian visitation in 2017 was up an 17.33 per cent on 2016 figures, which is fantastic to see, and there has been a united effort by operators on the ground and the industry in Australia to grow these figures. In 2018 we are forecasting visitation to Vanuatu to be up 20 per cent on 2017 and with increased direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane via Air Vanuatu from June, along with a number of exciting new products and destination events, we’re certainly on track to make this happen.” said Ms Issachar Aru.VTO will now begin gearing up for its annual Tok Tok event, which will be held in Port Vila between 27 and 31 August, 2018. Tok Tok 2018 will offer wholesalers and travel industry buyers the opportunity to meet with local suppliers, exchange ideas and learn about upcoming opportunities in Vanuatu, as well as experience some highlights of this South Pacific destination firsthand.Industry buyers can register their interest in Tok Tok by emailing agentsroadshowVanuatu Tourismlast_img

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