9 Jul 2015

Cruise company praised for employing Ni-Vanuatu

1:06 pm on 9 July 2015

Vanuatu's prime minister, Sato Kilman, is praising the cruise ship company Carnival Australia for providing work opportunities to Ni-Vanuatu who lost their jobs after Cyclone Pam.

Mr Kilman made the comments during a meeting held this week with the tourism sector and training institutions in Vanuatu, organised by Carnival Australia.

Sato Kilman says many Ni-Vanuatu employed in hotels lost their jobs after the damage caused by cyclone Pam, with some of the major hotels in Port Vila still closed.

The Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry, says they intend to employ more Ni-Vanuatu.

"We've got 160 Ni-Vanuatu crew on the P&O ships at the moment, and over the next 12 months or so that'll go up to about 430. We train them on board, some of them have come from hotels in Port Vila, some of them have come from much smaller hospitality ventures out in the outer islands. We do the skills training on board the ship."