Banks Islanders work together to develop tourism opportunities

Siri waterfall on Gaua island – a major tourist attraction of the Banks Islands. Photo: Brad Warden/Wikmedia Commons

Siri waterfall on Gaua island – a major tourist attraction of the Banks Islands. Photo: Brad Warden/Wikimedia Commons

Communities are working together with the chiefs and people of the Banks Islands to develop tourism around cultural experiences and places of interest in the Banks Islands, Linda Kalpoi, GM of the Vanuatu Tourism Office, reported in today’s Radio Vanuatu News. Gaua is ideal for such tourist ventures such as Mt Garet’s active volcano and its crater lake, Lake Letas, along with Siri waterfall, at 120m the highest waterfallin the Pacific islands. For culture and entertainment there is the women’s kastom water music.

A four-year project entitled the South Vanuatu Archaeological Survey was this week reported in Daily Post following its first study of three of the southern islands of Vanuatu. The project focus covers the full human history of these islands, from the initial arrival of the Lapita culture, around 3,000 years ago, right up to the period of initial European contact. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council. The initial survey was principally to discuss the project with communities and to carry out an initial reconnaissance. The islands are all very different geographically and linguistically, the inhabitants of Futuna and Aniwa, for example, speak Polynesian languages.

Cruise vessel Sun Princess rescues the five people who had been adrift off Santo for two days. Photo: Carnival Australia

Cruise vessel Sun Princess rescues the five people who had been adrift off Santo for two days. Photo: Carnival Australia

The Government has paid a thank you call on Princess Cruises’ ship Sun Princess, which very recently rescued a Santo family lost at sea for two days. A ministerial visit paid tribute to the vessel’s captain and crew and made a kastom presentation to the captain of the Sun Princess for assisting Ni-Vanuatu in other crisis situations such as with the delivery of urgently needed relief materials at the time of Cyclone Pam. (Radio Vanuatu)

A census of cattle herds is being undertaken by the Livestock Department next month. This is to ensure that the Department’s records are up-to-date. Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry personnel are involved. Efate will be covered first of all and questionnaires are being distributed.