Supreme Court prevents Meriango splinter faction from contesting provincial elections under UMP banner

Logo of Vanuatu's Union of Moderate Parties (UMP)

The big story today concerns the ongoing division within the Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) and what this means for the coming provincial elections. An application to the Supreme Court by the jailed Serge Vohor and Ishmael Kalsakau was Read the rest of this entry »


National Chiefs Day celebrated with opening of new Malvatumauri nakamal

The new Malvatumauri nakamal under construction last month. Photo © Vanuatu Daily Digest

The new Malvatumauri nakamal under construction last month. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Digest

National Chiefs’ Day was being celebrated yesterday, and this year’s highlight of the celebration has been the Read the rest of this entry »


Partnership with China’s HNA Tourism Group to boost tourism numbers from China, says Govt

Vanuatu Government and HNA Tourism signs strategic partnership. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu Government representatives including PM Salwai and FM Leingkon and HNA Tourism Group sign the strategic partnership yesterday. Photo: supplied

Yesterday we reported PM Salwai signing a Strategic Operation Agreement with a Chinese tourism group. This relationship is said to be Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu opens new Hong Kong consulate to strengthen commercial, diplomatic ties

Vanuatu's new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong

Vanuatu’s new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu consulate opens in Hong Kong. PM Salwai was in Hong Kong for the event, together with Foreign Minister Leingkon and Vanuatu’s new Consul General, Andrew Leong. The three Vanuatu personalities jointly cut the ribbon for the opening of the consulate.

The Vanuatu Permanent Residence Programme was launched in Hong Kong in 2011, and Minister Leingkon said the success of the program is Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism industry alarmed by lack of progress on airport upgrade as World Bank strengthens partnership with Govt

An architectural rendering of the proposed new terminal building for Bauerfield International Airport.

An architectural rendering of the proposed new terminal building for Bauerfield International Airport.

The tourism sector is alarmed by delays in the announcement of the successful bidder for the upgrade of Bauerfield international airport. Tourism operators have complained that Read the rest of this entry »


As demand for seasonal labour grows, Labour Commissioner highlights need for vigilance against fake recruiters

Ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers Gilbert Massi and Michel Ulas picking apples at Vernview farm, Victoria, Australia. Photo: APAL/David and Sue Finger

Ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers Gilbert Massi and Michel Ulas picking apples. Photo: APAL

With the tenth anniversary of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme coming up in April, Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat is using the opportunity to call on all RSE agents to Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s population to swell by 5,000 tomorrow with arrival of new cruise ship

Ovation of the Seas, Royal Carribean International's new cruise ship – on its first visit to Vanuatu

Ovation of the Seas, Royal Carribean International’s new cruise ship – on its first visit to Vanuatu

5,000 tourists will be arriving in Aneityum tomorrow on the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, on her first visit to Vanuatu. Three hundred and forty-seven metres long, the 167,800 tonne vessel will bring visitors ashore to Mystery Island where a jetty has been completed with aluminium walkways to enable four ferryboats from the ship to deliver passengers continually. The German-constructed liner cost US$1.3 billion dollars (Vt 140 billion) and is managed by Read the rest of this entry »