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Published on 30th May 2012
Kelle Howson (Programme Intern) visited local business owner Kalmer Vocor in Santo during a recent visit to Vanuatu.
Kalmer Vocor is the owner of a local tourist accomodation business in Santo, Lonnoc bungalows. It is one of the most succesful Ni-Vanuatu run tourism businesses in the country. Our volunteers have been working with Kalmer and his staff for two years to develop and market their product, and make it more appealing to tourists. Kalmer is also chair of the SANMA bungalow association, is on three different tourism boards, and is on the boards of the Vanuatu Island Bungalow Association, the Santo Forest Plantation, the Scout Association and the AUSaid ‘TVET’ programme. He is also in the process of establishing a hospitality training school for local young people, in his backyard. Kalmer says, “In my view tourism is the best income earner for our people. And it’s working – I’ve proved that it’s working!”
Just when we thought Kalmer couldn’t possibly do anything more with his time and resources, he took us for a walk around his property, and pointed out another of his enterprises – a budding sandalwood nursery. We are sure there is no end to this man’s creativity and innovation.
Read more about the work VSA volunteers are doing to help develop tourism in Vanuatu.