The New Zealand High Commissioner is confident that the opening of the Malampa Tourism Call Centre at Lakatoro is going to reduce the longstanding difficulties of telecommunications, bookings and marketing in Port Vila to allow visitors from abroad to book to visit Malekula, Ambrym and Paama.
The High Commissioner whose NZaid funded the Call Centre for Vt3 million, launched the Project immediately after the Deputy Prime and Minister of Tourism, Ham Lini launched the 2011 Tok Tok Vanuatu on the sparkling white sand beach of Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Spa, Vanuatu on August 25. “I hope this Call Centre in Lakatoro will help overseas visitors to discover what matters in Malampa Province”, he said.
He said it is a pilot project which he hopes will help the industry to understand better how to market Vanuatu and its tourism services to the outside world.
He also thanked all other sponsors and supporters of the Call Centre including the Department of Tourism, Malampa Provincial Government, Malampa Island Bungalows and Tourism Association, Volunteer Service Abroad and the Australian Government.
To the people of Malekula he said, “I am glad that you have requested the New Zealand Government to help you set up your Call Centre in Lakatoro today (on August 25). This is an important project for the Government of New Zealand and I ask everybody at all levels of Government, Province and Community of Malampa to work together to make sure that it is going to become a great success”.
Director of Tourism, George Borugu accepted the document from the High Commissioner confirming the New Zealand government’s funding of the project for Vt3Million