Have a look at some happy snaps from Vanuatu!
© All photos by Dan Siriman, 2015
Last night, the travel students visited the Ekasup Cultural Village. The students saw first hand the life, customs, traditions and culture of the Ni Vanuatu people. They learnt about food preparation and roasting, hand made hunting traps and how to use native herbs as medicine. This is definitely a MUST DO for anyone travelling to Vanuatu!
Pictured here is one of our travel students Dan (in maroon) and our Coordinator, George (in blue). The Chief gave Dan the ‘Talking Stick’. So I suppose that made Dan honorary Chief last night?! And Dan, don’t let George anywhere near that ‘Talking Stick’ please! 😛
Today the travel students are off on the Coongoola day cruise. This is personally one of my favourite things to do in Vanuatu! They will cruise around the lagoon and eat lunch on a secluded island where they will be the only ones there… Relaxing, tanning, swimming and snorkelling will be the order of the day!
Tomorrow will be a free day for the students where they will get a choice of either exploring more of Port Vila, sitting on the white sand beach of Hideaway Island (where there is also an underwater post office) or doing six ziplines above the canyon!
And I bet you have that song stuck in your head now huh?!
Yesterday the students visited the Secret Gardens and the Mele Cascades where they were able to learn about the history and culture of Vanuatu and have a swim in the beautiful and clear waters of the falls.
Today the students will go on a guided walk of Port Vila hosted by the tour guiding and tourism students of our sister school, APTC. Then tonight they will be going to the Ekasup Cultural Village for a cultural show and dinner.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring you news from the Coconut wire in Vanuatu.
EMBRACE THE BIZARRE! Today Travel welcomed Greg, Global Purpose Specialist – Sales Manager for G Adventures.
Who is G Adventures you ask? They are the small group adventure specialists with over 25 years experience in the industry. They have over 650 tours to choose from that delivery an authentic, cultural and sustainable travel experience. With their youngest traveller at 5 years old, there’s a tour for everyone!
The travel students sat in awe as Greg started his talk on the history of G Adventures and their inspirational founder Bruce Poon Tip. Greg continued with explaining the G Adventures brand, target markets, tours styles and sharing his own G travel experiences.Continue reading →
The semester 2 students are counting down the days until their departure to Vanuatu in about a weeks time. This trip to Vanuatu is part of their travel studies and in the travel industry we call this a “Famil” short for Familiarisation Trip.
While in Vanuatu, the students will work closely with the APTC students who have organised this trip for our tourism and travel students. The aim of this trip is to provide students with first hand destination information and therefore be able to sell Vanuatu to clients. So no doubt the students will be taking it all in as the spend a week in the South Pacific.
Stay tuned as we post daily updates and pictures of their Famil!
Yesterday the Travel students completed two site inspections.
The first inspection was at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square. Jacqueline took the students around the Centre where she explained the history and use of the information Centre. The students also got to see how visitors were handled and how important an establishment like this is to the travel and tourism industry.Continue reading →
Free tourism industry exchange! September 1 at Zinc, Federation Square – 1 to 4 pm.
Simply register by clicking on this link:
or visit the Destination Melbourne website and select your timeslot for this event on September 1.
SITXCOM201: Show social and cultural sensitivity
Thank you Peter for coming in to the Travel class today to discuss social and cultural aspects of Vanuatu. There is no doubt that the students got a lot out of today’s session which will come in handy when selling Vanuatu in the future.
William Angliss continues to send our thoughts and support to all our Vanuatu Tourism and Travel partners and wish you all a speedy rebuild.