Vanuatu tourism calls for quick decision for airport contract

Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vanuatu tourismOn the wake of arrival in Vanuatu of the World Bank President Victoria Kwakwa, tourism industry stakeholders are calling for a quick resolution to an apparent gridlock over the selection of a contractor to perform the upgrades to the Bauerfield airport runway.


The Vanuatu Daily Post has received consistent reports that the crux of the delay is a deadlock over the preferred contractor. Sources have confirmed that there are differing opinions about which one should win, and that price is a concern for at least one of the parties.

Most parties will not speak on the record because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations, but aviation stakeholders said last week that they were ready to ask for high level government involvement for break the impasse. Government representatives, however, confirmed over the weekend that they are willing to intervene in the process.


A letter had been sent to a minister by tourism industry representatives, stating concern at the economic cost of delays. Any curbs on inflows over the impending peak tourist season could be a disaster. Kwakwa is visiting the country to sign a contract establishing a country office in Vanuatu.


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