The tourism industry in Vanuatu has been given a much needed boost, with the country’s Minister of Finance, Moana Kalosil Carcasses revealing that the government would be increasing its tourism budget from 136 million vatu (AU$1.5 million) to 200 million vatu (AU$2.1 million).
The announcement confirms a commitment made by Mr Carcasses in Sydney in April, when he promised the ni-Vanuatu administration would be doubling its investment in Australia, which is now set to receive AU$800,000.
Talking to reporters at the close of Tok Tok 2011, Mr Carcasses also said Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport would be upgraded to host larger wide body aircraft, an initiative he estimates will take two years to complete.
As well as offering tax breaks to hotels and total tax exemptions to extensions or new buildings, Vanuatu has signed an agreement with the Australian Government to help improve the nation’s infrastructure, including an upgrade to Port Vila’s main wharf, the minister said.
Following his address, Mr Carcasses wooed delegates at Tok Tok’s farewell evening with a rendition of his favourite Elvis Presley tune.
“When I got up to sing, I thought everybody would leave, but they are all still here,” Mr Carcasses told e-Travel Blackboard.There is no doubt he will be hoping visitors to his country do the same thing.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H