Good news … yesterday at Vanuatu Immigration we were handed our Residency Visas for one (1) year.
And on Saturday (9 May 2016) we received our Building Permit to start construction at our block at Mangaliliu.
We have two (2) years to complete construction. We are thrilled with these outcomes from my April 2016 trip.
We met with the builder again today to work towards finalising the construction cost for our bungalow and tapas bar.
Before he starts construction, we have to clear trees, arrange for a water supply to the block, and purchase a generator so he will have power at the site.
The other good news in the last seven (7) days the completion of repair work to the runway at the Vanuatu airport. Looking forward to Virgin Australia and Air NZ bringing lots of tourists to Vanuatu over the next few months. The country certainly needs it. The country has struggled since Air NZ suspended flights to the gateway to Vanuatu in January 2016.
The government has also made a commitment to upgrade the standard of the airport over the next few years to accommodate bigger long haul aircraft.
A World Bank loan of US$59.8 million Phase 2 loan has been promised to assist, and the upgrade is anticipated to start before the end of 2016.
Bring it on … we want travel to be as easy and enjoyable as possible for any tourist wanting to visit Vanuatu, and of course … Divi’s – Bar – Tapas – B&B.
Scott in paradise.