Posts Tagged ‘Vanuatu’

OPINION: Is Local Interaction Essential for Local Travel?

  • John Nicholls
  • 8 June 2010

I recently had friends around for a dinner party. They’re all in the 50-60 age bracket and well travelled, so we talked about an issue raised by the Local Travel Movement. The question I asked them was whether they travelled primarily to meet and interact with local people in the destinations they go to or to see and experience things as distinct from the personal interaction?


Photo of the Week: The Pentecost Jump, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (photo and text)
  • 2 May 2010

Much has been written about the island of Pentecost (part of the Vanuatu archipelago) and its yearly ritual of death-defying land jumps performed in the south of the island in celebration of the yam harvest. The Nagol (or N’gol) ritual of land diving has been performed for hundreds of years, and also doubles as a male coming of age ceremony.


Photo of the Week: Mt Yasur Eruption, Tanna Island, Vanuatu

  • Image/text by John Nicholls
  • 15 November 2009

IN NOVEMBER 2010, THIS IMAGE WAS SELECTED AS FIRST RUNNER UP TO THE WHL GROUP PHOTO OF THE YEAR. Every so often, a photographer finds him- or herself in the right place at the right time, although the circumstances may not be ideal. This shot (one of a series of 10) is the result of…


Vanuatu Hotels: Walking the Responsible Travel Talk

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 November 2009

On a typical morning, John and Silvana Nicholls share a pawpaw topped with passion fruit from their garden. The handmade, wood-fired bread from an indigenous baker is still warm, as is the pot of organically grown coffee from a nearby island. Any scraps will be disposed of on a compost heap that will fertilise their…


Vanuatu Ecotours: A Lone Eco-Achiever

  • John Nicholls
  • 2 November 2009

Every so often, I have the pleasure of meeting and working with people who not only follow their passions, but operate businesses that fully integrate the indigenous people of the destination into their businesses. One such person is is Pascal Guillet, owner/operator of Vanuatu Ecotours. I chatted with Pascal – no easy task as he is…


Teamworkz Consulting in Laos Is the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 8 October 2009

At the July 2009 whl.travel Asia-Pacific Regional conference, Teamworkz Consulting was officially recognised as the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009 for its work in Vientiane, Laos. Teamworkz, which also owns and operates five other sites in Laos and seven in Thailand, could just as easily have earned its laurels for its labours in Luang…


Coconut Crab Conservation in Vanuatu

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 July 2009

In April 2001, John and Silvana Nicholls, today owners and operators of Vanuatu Hotels, arrived in Vanuatu to launch and manage a resort on the island of Tanna. They immediately declared it a bird sanctuary. They also banned coconut crab from their menu. The resort became the island’s de facto animal refuge.


Epi Island Guesthouse: Genuine Green in Vanuatu

  • whl.travel
  • 25 January 2009

On 8 December 2008, under a marquee on a beach at Le Lagon Resort in Port Vila, the Vanuatu Tourism Association (VTA) distributed honours to the stars of its industry. On hand were John and Silvana Nicholls of Vanuatu Hotels to present to Epi Island Guesthouse the Green Award, introduced to create a greater more…

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