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Vanuatu Delivers Surprise and Delight on Exclusive TravelManagers Famil

Wednesday 18 March 2020 – For holiday makers looking at the different options available for their next South Pacific beach holiday, Vanuatu has a lot to offer – as nine personal travel managers (PTMs) learned during an exclusive TravelManagers famil last month.

The Melbourne-based PTMs treated themselves to a lavish lobster dinner at Port Vila’s L’Houstalet Restaurant while awaiting the arrival of their Sydney colleagues (L-R): Valerie Galanou, Naomi Liss, Theresa Kwong, Carli Hester and Hanedy Bakhach

Wednesday 18 March 2020 – For holiday makers looking at the different options available for their next South Pacific beach holiday, Vanuatu has a lot to offer – as nine personal travel managers (PTMs) learned during an exclusive TravelManagers famil last month.

The five-day itinerary, travelling with Viva Holidays and Air Vanuatu and escorted by TravelManagers Business Partnership Manager Julia McLean, was enough to provide the participants with an overview of the beautiful scenery and amazing cultural experiences that Vanuatu provides.

“My time in Vanuatu has really opened my eyes to what makes it such a great choice for a holiday,” reports Hanedy Bakhach, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Lysterfield, VIC. “There is so much to do and see, you don’t have to travel to another island to find great beaches and swimming, and you don’t have to drive for hours to reach many of the most popular attractions.”

Among those attractions were the Eton Blue Lagoon, a stunning natural water hole that’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and furnished with rope swings from which swimmers can launch themselves into the clear water. En route to the lagoon, the group visited the Pepeyo Cultural Village, where they received fascinating insights into the distinctive customs of traditional Vanuatu life.

“I really enjoyed learning about tribal customs before the arrival of Christianity,” says Valerie Galanou, representative for Doncaster East VIC. “For example, I learned that local women used to have their two front teeth pulled upon marriage and were buried alive with their husband if he passed away!”

The famil group had the chance to learn more about Vanuatu’s present-day culture and the daily lives of the local people during a guided tour through the lush, tropical rainforest to reach the famed Mele Cascades and Waterfall. On arrival, they had time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear natural rock pool at the foot of the cascades before returning Port Vila.

TravelManagers’ Theresa Kwong (left) and eight fellow PTMs visited the local church of their Evergreen tour guide, Gladys (right)

They also spent an unforgettable day on Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary, which is set on a small coral atoll within a protected marine sanctuary.

“The snorkelling on Hideaway Island was incredible,” enthuses Bakhach. “It’s such a beautiful, untouched island, with crystal clear water, amazing varieties of fish to see… and it’s only a short boat ride from the mainland.”

For the nine participants, the chance to get to know Vanuatu personally has given them excellent first-hand knowledge to pass on to their clients.

“It will definitely make selling Vanuatu as a destination a lot easier for me,” says PTM Lindy Hill. “It’s been 25 years since I was last there, and it was great to see the new resorts that have been built and how the older resorts have been updated. It was also helpful to learn about the various guided tours that are available for clients wanting to experience the local culture.”

Taking a break from sightseeing are (L-R) TravelManagers’ Julia McLean (BPM), Naomi Liss, Carli Hester, Valeria Galanou, Hanaby Bakhach, Serena Taylor & Lindy Hill, taking a dip in Vanuatu’s stunning Eton Blue Lagoon.
A visit to Pepeyo Cultural Village near Port Vila was a famil highlight for TravelManagers’ Lindy Hill (left) and Serena Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I now have some great restaurants to recommend to clients, plus plenty of great insider tips such as the best place to change currency,” adds Bakhach. “My perception of Vanuatu has changed completely, and I would love to see and experience more.”

About TravelManagers

TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of over $2 billion for 2020. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 600 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.

 

For further information please contact:                                                   

Barry Mayo

Telephone: 0419 404 873

Email: bmayo@houseoftravel.com.au

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