15 Dec 2016

Vanuatu businesses to get better access to cruise ship market

From , 6:01 am on 15 December 2016

Vanuatu businesses which sell handicrafts, cosmetics, and food products will now be able to vend their wares on board P&O cruise ships visiting the Pacific nation.

The initiative has been launched in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, aiming to create economic opportunities for the island's businesses and communities.

The IFC's partnership with Carnival Australia, which represents P&O Cruises Australia, began in 2014 with IFC undertaking an economic-impact study of the cruise sector in Vanuatu.

It found that cruise passenger, company, and crew-spending amounted to 10 percent of Vanuatu's total annual exports.

One of the initial suppliers is a company dealing in handicrafts called Pandanus Consulting Services Vanuatu whose owner is Nicky Barnes.

She told Johnny Blades about local small businesses getting better access to the cruise ships.

P&O cruise liner in the Pacific.

P&O cruise liner in the Pacific. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades