Opportunities for Vanuatu as China’s tourists go looking for adventure

Chinese travel blogger Super Baozi (centre) withe the Pacific Trade and Invest film crew enjoying Vanuatu Zipline on Efate. Photo: Pacific Trade and Invest

Chinese travel blogger ‘Super Baozi’ with the Pacific Trade and Invest film crew enjoying Vanuatu Zipline on Efate. Photo: Pacific Islands Trade and Invest

It’s a beautiful tropical paradise that remains unknown to most Chinese. But the time is fast approaching when adventurous Chinese travellers will seek out Vanuatu’s tourism treasures and the massive Chinese economy will help unlock opportunities to invest in and grow the young nation’s industries.

Last month, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I)‘s Trade Commissioner David Morris, who is Beijing-based, and Tourism and Marketing Manager Vivienne Song brought a famous Chinese blogger and a virtual reality film crew to explore all that Vanuatu has to offer Chinese visitors, and discussed future co-operation with Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu’s leading female surfer launches country’s first board shaping business

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A young girl took to the waves every day with her bruised and battered surfboard. She was told not to go into the ocean to play in the waves.

If she was a boy, things might have been easier. But she couldn’t change who she was and, more to the point, she didn’t want to. She often wondered about the board she tucked under her arm as she waded into the clear blue waters of Vanuatu. Where did it come from? Who made it? Why didn’t it sink? It took this little girl twelve years to understand the secrets of her first surfboard.

Resmah Kalotiti won’t tell you that she is the best female surfer in Vanuatu, but she is. At twenty years old, she has a unique style both in and out of the water. It’s the style of a trailblazer. It’s the style of someone who is quietly confident, not only with herself but in the universe playing out her destiny.

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Opinion: PACER Plus is a poor deal for Vanuatu businesses that we should walk away from

Vanuatu says no to PACER Plus

As negotiations for PACER Plus, the proposed regional free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries draw to a close, we can now see what it contains—and more importantly, what it means for Vanuatu producers. Read the rest of this entry »


Ni-Vanuatu-run seafood business becomes global model for social enterprises

Alfred Kalontas, founder of award-winning Vanuatu small business, ALFA Fishing Photo: Monica Jain/Fish 2.0

Alfred Kalontas, founder of award-winning Vanuatu seafood business, ALFA Fishing Photo: Monica Jain/Fish 2.0

Alfred Kalontas, the founder of ALFA Fishing in Vanuatu, bootstrapped his business from nothing to become the preferred seafood supplier to over 70 percent of the hotels and restaurants in Port Vila. He is now starting to export his high-quality, sustainably caught products to New Zealand and is seeing demand from Australia and beyond.

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