Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) sign MOU to bring in tourists from China

By: Len Garae

The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed a memorandum of understanding in the VTO Conference Room yesterday, strengthening their partnership in promoting tourism sector development in Vanuatu.

The MOU was signed between Vanuatu Tourism Office General Manager, Linda Kalpoi and International Finance Corporation Manager for Sustainable Business Advisory East Asia and the Pacific, Ian Crosby.
The MOU is the first step in formalizing collaboration between the two entities, outlining areas of potential cooperation and mutual interest. Areas where VTP and IFC will work together include increasing awareness of Vanuatu in the China market through marketing activities, with the aim of increasing tourist arrivals from China.

The Vanuatu Tourism Office General Manager said, “We are excited to be partnering with International Finance Corporation. Their assistance will help Vanuatu tap into the emerging China market to bring in more tourists to Port Vila and the outer islands where we know tourism is needed.

“Our support will help the Vanuatu Tourism Office bring in more tourists, as well as lift standards and increase investment in the tourism sector
In addition, International Finance Corporation is providing support to the Vanuatu Tourism Awards Program and the development of cruise tourism via the economic impact study on the cruise sector undertaken with the Department of Foreign Affairs and trace – Australian Aid program and Carnival Australia.

International Finance Corporation Manager for Sustainable Business Advisory Services in East Asia Pacific Ian Crosby said, “Our support will help the Vanuatu Tourism Office bring in more tourists, as well as lift standards and increase investment in the tourism sector.
“Growing the tourism sector will provide more jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Vanuatu”.
International Finance Corporation’s tourism activities are supported by the DFAT-Australian Aid Programmer and NZAID.

Source from daily post Vanuatu

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