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Famil shows Vanuatu getting back on its feet

Hannah Edensor

A selection of agents from the Flight Centre Group were hosted by Vanuatu Tourism Office, Infinity Holidays and Air Vanuatu last week, showcasing Vanuatu’s recovery following Tropical Cyclone Pam earlier this year.

This was the first Aussie agent famil since the Cyclone crossed Vanuatu’s path, and acted as a good chance to showcase how one of Australia’s favourite holiday destination has bounced back stronger than ever.

Vanuatu Tourism Office’s Australian representative Anne Morris said the people of Vanuatu have been working tirelessly to repair damage done by Cyclone Pam and reopen their hotels, businesses and tours, and the famil was a great opportunity to highlight this.

“Over half of the resorts and restaurants in Port Vila are now open to guests, Espiritu Santo remains fully operational, with no damage sustained and even Tanna, which was affected quite significantly, has reopened selected  accommodation and tours,” she said.

“This famil has enabled front line agents to see the recovery efforts for themselves and how tourism is key to ensuring the full recovery cycle is fulfilled.”

A highlight of the trip included an island tour with a difference where participants provided a helping hand to special needs children as part of the work done by the Vanuatu Society of Disabled People.

They also stopped by Eton Primary and Epule Village School delivering educational goods and supplies. Agents were hosted by Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Poppys on the Lagoon.

Further updates on the state of accommodation and tours in Vanuatu can be found at www.discovervanuatu.com.au.

Anyone who has holidayed in Vanuatu previously is encouraged to share their Vanuatu holiday snaps on social media with the hashtags #DiscoverVanuatu and to also book their next holiday to Vanuatu.

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