8 Mar 2007

Vanuatu's Tourism officials confident in industry despite weekend clashes in Vila

8:06 pm on 8 March 2007

Vanuatu's tourism officials are confident the country's reputation as a tourist destination is intact despite clashes that left three dead in the capital at the weekend.

The director of the national tourism development office, Robert Avio, says the violence was an isolated incident, and there have been no cancellations from Vanuatu's major tourist markets.

Mr Avio says the latest cruise ship docked in Vila this week and business is normal.

He says Tourism representatives had a meeting earlier this week to ascertain what are the immediate implications on the industry.

"It seems, given the very minimum level of travel advice issued by respective High Commissions in Port Vila, it seems that the impact on the industry is negligible and quite minimal. most of our major source markets like Australia and New Zealand... we haven't recorded any cancellations of bookings and stuff."

The Director of National Tourism Development Office, Robert Avio