Published on : Monday, February 27, 2017
The South Pacific Tourism Organization is urging tourism operators in Vanuatu to take advantage of international publicity around the film Tanna. This film shot on the southern Vanuatu island of the same name is competing for a best foreign film award at the Academy Awards taking place today in Los Angeles.
Although the film didn’t bag the top prize, its nomination is being seen as significant for Vanuatu. SPTO’s CEO Chris Cocker said operators could cash in on the publicity by coming up with special packages. Mr. Crocker said movies like Blue Lagoon shot in Fiji, and Return to Paradise in Samoa gave the island countries a lot of attention.
Mr. Crocker said that Tanna’s success is a stepping stone for Vanuatu for attracting more movie producers. Tanna has attracted tourists to its volcano Mt. Yasur but the film could also be a boost for cultural tourism according to the SPTO. Tanna’s cast is made up entirely of the Yakel tribe. Many of its stars were present at the Academy in their traditional dress.