PRESCRIBED by the doctor – Must grab at least one day off your business schedule for R&R when in the island-style urbane and compact South Pacific town of Port Vila in Vanuatu. You would be negligent not to adhere to sound advice aimed at restoring your sanity and overall wellness.
Achieve your Vila bliss either through conventional leisure (expect nothing about Vanuatu to be ordinary), or take the seriously gratifying path and seek long-term tangible investments in its commerce-friendly environment. As a tax haven, the former French-British interest is among an elite circle of global destinations luring investors with attractive tax incentives.
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By Mere Tuqiri
MOST likely a workshop or high-powered meeting has taken you to Fiji’s center of administration, Suva. An important regional hub the Fijian capital, one of four Melanesian urban centers, has fast developed a skyline of malls, office space, and rented accommodation. If you haven’t been to Suva, this is a lean guide.
The hub tag means Suva is fairly equipped to host conferences. MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions) being a tourism niche, major hotels within Suva’s central district have the capacity for formal /business events.
But in the midst of the bustle that an administrative centre in the Pacific can hustle, Suva is laid back by varied degrees depending where you are. Explore the city by the bay on foot. Hire a vehicle and explore even further. You’ll find there are commercial pockets outside the immediate city limits.
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By Mere Tuqiri
WHEN United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon flew to Apia to attend the UN conference on small island developing states last September, he opted to stay at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel and not in a luxurious suite on board the eleven-deck 1991 built Pacific Jewel P&O cruise-liner berthed on Apia Wharf.
The 4.5 star 95-room hotel situated along Apia’s Beach Road that runs along the shores of Apia Harbour could not have asked for any better endorsement.
Also staying in the hotel for this high-powered summit was Ban Ki-moon’s UN Development Programme Administrator, former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clarke.
Then again attracting world-class guests is nothing new to the hotel. Its second name Tusitala is Samoan for “story-teller,” the name Samoan affectionately called the famous Scottish novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson.
Among his works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. His final resting place on Mount Vailima is visible from many points in and around Apia. The mansion that he lived in is now a museum and is one of the must visit attractions of the Samoan capital.
No doubt about it, Tanoa Tusitala is like an oasis in the urban jungle of Apia town.
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By Samisoni Pareti
KNOWN as the ‘Gateway to Micronesia’, Majuro is the first stop on the three-times-weekly United Airline service from Honolulu—a service that island hops through to Guam, touching down, after Majuro, at Kwajalein, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk. With the resumption over two years ago of Nauru Airlines (formerly Our Airline) service connecting Majuro with islands south of the equator as well as Brisbane, it makes Majuro a significant connection point for business and government travelers who need to move around the central Pacific.
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