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Page 56 • MICEBTN - M AY 2015 vAnUATU www.iririki.com firstname.lastname@example.org Accommodation from $99 Conferencing & Events from $55 * MICE promotional prices quoted per person, exclusive of taxes and levies | terms and conditions apply Excellence rewarded and awarded during ceremony THIS year’s Westpac Vanuatu Tourism Awards, announced during a gala ceremony and dinner held at the Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, rewarded excellence under several categories, including individuals as well as accommodation and tour operators. In the accommodation catego- ries, Tam-Tam Bungalows www. malekula.travel/tam-tam-bungalows took the island bungalows award, mid-range accommodation went to Moyyan House by the Sea www. moyyan.com, hotels and resorts to Holiday Inn Resort www.vanuatu.hol- idayinnresorts.com, and luxury accommodation to Eratap Beach Resort www.eratap.com The tour categories saw the culture/eco tour award go to Eden on the River www.edenvanuatu.com, adventure activity to Edge Vanuatu www. edgevanuatu.com, scenic tour to Vanuatu Helicopters www.vanuatuhel- icopters.com and ocean experience to Ocean Walker www.oceanwalk- ervanuatu.com Individual awards were won by Johanson Merah of Adventures in Paradise www.adventuresinparadise.vu in the front and back of house category, tour guide to Warren Gama of Edge Vanuatu, handicraft ambassador award to Helen Calo and transport ambassador award to Jonas Sumu. The judges’ special commendation award was won by Millennium Cave Tours www.millenniumcavetour.weebly.com Edge Vanuatu was among tourism operators badly affected by Tropi- cal Cyclone Pam, being forced to suspend business. In addition to Westpac, award sponsors included the Tourism Market- ing Development Fund, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Air Vanuatu, YourVanua- tu.com, AON Insurance, P&O Cruises, Adventures in Paradise, Evergreen Vanuatu, Daily Post, Vanuatu Hotels & Resorts Association, the Vanuatu Tour Operators Association, the Vanuatu Tourism Ambassador Program and Pacific Petroleum. Taxi and bus drivers now ambassadors MORE than 100 public transport drivers in Port Vila have become ‘bus and taxi ambassadors’ following a service delivery program sponsored by the NZ government. Undertaken as part of the wider Vanuatu Tourism Ambassador scheme, it has eased tourism industry concerns that some drivers were not up to the standards expected to deliver an optimum visitor experience, including cruise ship arrivals with only limited time in the area. Rone puts his tag on Centre MELBOURNE street artist Rone has something of a Banksy reputation. His very public work is familiar to Melburnians, although not always appreciated by everyone despite its creativity and very high standard. Now Rone, who is a graphic artist professionally, has given Vanuatu an endur- ing work of public art. While on holiday recently in Vanuatu he painted the community centre in Mele Maat village on the main island of Efate, helped by friend and collaborator Callum Preston. The much-praised building artwork was a spur of the moment project. The painters saw what they described as a big grey building and asked local community leaders if they could transform it. Everyone was happy with the end result and tourists are now stopping to photograph the new landmark.