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Bitcoin for Vanuatu Citizenship – Passport to Paradise

Bitcoin for Vanuatu Citizenship – Passport to Paradise

Bitcoin for Citizenship – the Latest Escape to a Tax-Friendly South Pacific Paradise The Republic of Vanuatu has been buoyant due to the increased financial and donor assistance from the likes of China, with its massive infrastructure investment in the South Pacific island country that is part of the Chinese new Maritime Silk Road. Vanuatu has been embraced by China and, with limited resources mainly dependent on inbound tourism and agricultural forestry exports, is now starting to leapfrog and surpass ... Read More »

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency This article about buying Vanuatu real estate was written by Richard Butler, current special economic commerce envoy and former trade commissioner from 2012 to 2015 and reappointed in April 2017 for a further 2-year term. Mr Butler has been a real estate developer since 1980 and has developed since 2008 with an office in both Sydney Australia and Port Vila Efate Island in the Republic of Vanuatu, a tax friendly nation. This article goes ... Read More »

Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Post by Richard Butler | 12 October 2016 | A fast-track immigration scheme provides citizenship in the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu in as little as under a month. The government Capital Investment Immigration Plan costs $260,000 per applicant, inclusive of spouse and two children under 18, plus other fees, and a decision is usually reached in just four to six weeks. Former Vanuatu trade official, Richard Butler, has recently become a Tier 1 migration authorised agent for Vanuatu passports, ... Read More »

Plans to Upgrade Airport to Welcome Tourists in Bigger jets

Post by Richard Butler | 1 Aug 2016 | With the Airport Services now resumed at Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, plans are now proceeding increase it’s accessibility by improving the present services.  With the new services the Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport will be able to accommodate Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The upgrade of the airport was estimated to cost nearly $30 million by the World bank but airport experts reportedly told the government that the present 2600-metre long runway ... Read More »

Port Vila Wharf Capacity increased to two Cruise Ships

Post by Richard Butler | 9 August 2016 | The Director of the South Seas Shipping, Mr John Tonner today revealed that the Cruise Tourism Committee has successfully completed its Traffic Management Plan for the wharf area and it plans to make it available from the next year. Also it paved another way for the growth of Tourism and Trade in Vanuatu. The wharf facility can hold ships with upto 5000 tourists and also two vessels at a time. Along ... Read More »

Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence gears up Tourism Industry

Post by Richard Butler | 6 August 2016 | The Vanuatu Tourism Office has been making fast progress towards the development of major places of attraction and gives tourists a taste of a new flavour of enjoyment. Also the success of the Vanuatu Tourism Awards for Excellence ceremony with over 100 guests, including 58 awards entrants across 5 provinces along with 37 finalists including Government officials and international judges adds up to a real plus for Vanuatu Tourism. An Australian marketing ... Read More »

Tourism Market Recovery Stands at Vt180 million

Tourism Market Recovery Stands at Vt180 million

Post By Richard Butler | June 20th 2016 The importance of tourism is undisputed these days not only for Vanuatu also for the whole world.  The tourism market contributes to the World’s 11% GDP and for Vanuatu it is as high as 40%. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Joe Natuman said on the Chantilly’s project launching event of the latest Tourism campaign that ‘Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the World today’. Since Independence the cost of ... Read More »

Masters in Paradise

Post By Richard Butler | 6th June 2016 | “Masters in Paradise” is the title of the annual regatta held on Port Vial’s Second Lagoon. If you are expecting state of the art rowing sculls, you will certainly see them – but not surprisingly for Vanuatu, alongside will be outrigger canoes. International rowers from Australia and New Zealand will be competing with local rowers in races for singles, doubles and quads, for this event incorporates the Corporate Rowing Regatta. Not ... Read More »

Virgin Resumes their service to Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport

Post by Richard Butler | 26 May 2016 | Rejoicing was heard on the ground and in the air, as after four months’ suspension of service from Virgin Australia, the Airport once again is receiving regular visits from the Australian carrier.  The Government’s contractor has successfully renovated the tarmac with more advanced technology and the second phase of work is in progress. Virgin Airlines first Boeing 737 departed from Brisbane in the morning at 10:30am AEST and landed at 2:17pm Vanuatu time ... Read More »

Asia-Pacific Luxury Travel Market surges past Europe

Post by Richard Butler | 21 May 2016 | European observers have been surprised to see the great leap in the travel market in the Asia-Pacific region within the last few years.  They will see a much greater increase in its growth in the coming years too, as revealed in reports from the magazine Amedeus featuring tourism economics. In spite of making up only 18% of the world’s population, North America and Western Europe have been  leading the world with 64% of ... Read More »

Land Diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Land Diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

The Straits Times | March 27, 2016 Every year, the Sa tribe on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu spend five weeks building a 30m-tall tower out of vines and jungle wood. Then, every Saturday between April and June, the men of the tribe jump off the top – one by one – in a show of masculinity and virility, with nothing but vines tied to their ankles to keep them from falling to their deaths. New Zealander A.J. Hackett first saw ... Read More »

Vanuatu P.M. wants direct flights from China

Vanuatu P.M. wants direct flights from China

Vanuatu Daily Post | Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Prime Minister Charlot Salwai wants to see direct flights from China and Chinese tourists coming to Vanuatu. Prime minister Salwai conveyed this to the Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guo Zezhou when he made a courtesy call to the PM last Saturday. PM Salwai told the CPC Deputy Minister that tourism sector and agriculture sectors are crucial for the economic development of Vanuatu. He ... Read More »

Caretaker PM visits Convention Centre

Caretaker PM visits Convention Centre

By Glenda Willie | Vanuatu Daily Post – February 10, 2016 Caretaker Prime Minister, Sato Kilman and the Director General of the PM’s Office, Johnson Naviti, paid a visit to the Convention Centre yesterday morning on the invitation from the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Xie Bohua. The Convention Centre has a main assembly hall with a capacity to accommodate 1,000 persons, one large conference room accommodating 200 persons, one banquet hall accommodating 600 persons, one press box, one exhibition room ... Read More »

Russian star  found  on the bottom  Port Vila harbour in 35 metres.

Russian star found on the bottom Port Vila harbour in 35 metres.

Michael McFadyen’s | Scuba Diving Website Unbelievable history of the Star of Russia lying silent on the seabed of Port Vila harbour – just one of many Vanuatu wreck dive sites waiting for international divers to explore. The Star was large vessel, almost 83 metres long and 12 metres wide with a tonnage of 1,981 tons gross. The first owner was James P. Corry & Company of Belfast. The Star was the largest of 12 almost identical ships built for ... Read More »

First Power Purchase agreement signed

First Power Purchase agreement signed

By Anita Roberts | Vanuatu Daily Post Tuesday this week witnessed a major development in the country’s energy sector as authorities put pens to paper to formalize a power purchasing agreement for the first Grid Connected Solar System in Port Vila. This project refers to the installation of the 767 kWp of solar power plant; rooftop and grounded-mounted at the Parliament premises and the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) building at Nambatu Area. The project is financed by the ... Read More »

Scuba Operators Association President holds great future for tourism in Vanuatu

Scuba Operators Association President holds great future for tourism in Vanuatu

By Len Garae | Source Daily Post The President of Vanuatu Scuba Operators Association (VSOA), Mike Crawford, says Vanuatu has the potential to be the best tourist related country in the whole South Pacific. Crawford gave his view while discussing the future of scuba operations in the country as a contributor to tourism development in Vanuatu. He has confirmed information from the Department of Tourism that the department and its stakeholders including VSOA have been working on new standards for ... Read More »

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