“Working Towards a Safe Reopening of Borders.”
While Vanuatu's borders are closed to international tourists, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is rolling out business support programs as part of its Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2021 to 2025, in readiness for when border restrictions ease. Depending on meeting the vaccine rollout targets, this may be early to mid2022.
SAFE BUSINESS OPERATIONS PROGRAM
TOURISM BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Tourism Business Support Program has provided awareness and application assistance workshops in all of the Provinces. DoT has received 334 applications for funding, and independent auditors have begun verifying each applicant's documentation and status. Once all audits are completed, the TBSP Steering Committee will be making recommendations and approving TBSP applications. Under the TBSP, financial assistance is available in three categories:
➢ Tourism Business Survival Grants: for costs associated with cleaning, maintenance, gardening, security, safety and utility bills.
➢ Renewable Energy Subsidy Scheme: assistance for energy audit checks and purchasing equipment and appliances through the National Green Energy Fund.
➢ Agritourism Support Program: assistance for selected operators who have integrated the tourism and agriculture sectors into their products.
CRUISE TOURISM PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The DoT recently completed a feasibility study for an expedition ship based in Vanuatu, analysing a fly-cruise tourism product more conducive to sustainable tourism principles and increased Ni-Vanuatu benefits. They have also completed a Survey on Yachting Tourism and are working with various stakeholders to progress the Port Vila Wharf Management Plan.
AGRITOURISM SUPORT PROGRAM
To find out more about any of DoT's support programs, you can visit our website: www.tourism.gov.vu, call 33400 or visit your nearest Department of Tourism Office.
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