Previously, cruise ship visitors to Port Vila, Vanuatu were greeted by limited public facilities at the wharf and at the Port Vila town waterfront.
Vanuatu is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Pacific. Tourism is a very important to the Vanuatu economy, and New Zealand is a major donor in this sector. Improving the tourist experience by enhancing the quality of products and services available, including developing public infrastructure, will assist Vanuatu to lift economic performance from tourism.
To begin redeveloping two of Vanuatu’s key tourist precincts, we visited Port Vila and met with local stakeholders, including government representatives, tour and transport operators, and businesses. Ensuring local support for this project has been essential to its success. That’s why, once we were armed with local insights, our design options were presented to stakeholders, and their feedback incorporated into the final designs.
Construction is now completed, with Vanuatu’s rejuvenated seafront and portside precincts full of amenities for tourists and locals alike to enjoy, including improved access to the sea. There’s a central pier observation platform, sea steps, a water taxi jetty, seawall promenade and walkways, markets buildings, playgrounds, coastal protection and re-nourished beaches, landscaping and artwork.