Vanuatu still smiles

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The sign says it all!

The sign says it all!

Many of us will remember the images caused by Cyclone Pam as it tore across the small Pacific Ocean country of Vanuatu a few weeks ago. Then, it looked as though much of the country was completely devastated but TV news tends to highlight the worst rather than the overall picture. That is what has happened to Vanuatu.

A cousin of some French relatives of ours who live on Vanuatu gave a slightly different story. Yes the impact was substantial but the country has bounced back quickly.

But help is needed. “We feel that that’s the best way you can help us, by coming here on holiday and spending money here and support our economy,” said Joe Natuman, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu.

Linda Kalpoi, the general manager of the tourist board says that despite the devastation effect by cyclone PAM the destination is amazingly recovering quicker than expected and because of this, the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is launching a creative unique #HashTag Campaign on social media platforms #VanuatuStillSmiles.

VTO is encouraging the use of the Red A4 Board with the #VanuatuStillSmiles printed in white which users can download from VTO’s facebook page on  and be part of this unique campaign builder.

Photos posted on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram should be #Hashtagged plus tagged to @VanuatuIslands the official Vanuatu Tourism FB page, to appear here (on campaign facebook)  

The Vanuatu Tourism Office is trying to build a positive image of Vanuatu Tourism as part of their aggressive marketing campaign post-pam, to show the world that even under the harshest and devastating circumstances VanuatuStillSmiles and life still goes on.

VTO says that this is the fastest and most effective form of communication to boost visitor arrival numbers and a start to the industry recovery.

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