Vanuatu increases port security

A tourism official in Vanuatu says concerns over violence in Port Vila could be fading, with new security measures subsiding disruptions in the area.

The country’s tourist bureau had received complaints from travellers over violence for fares by taxi and bus operators at the wharf gates, Radio New Zealand International reported.

However, Vanuatu chamber of commerce spokesperson, Brian Death said measures had been taken after a meeting between the prime minister, police and industry representatives.

He said security is now being provided at the wharf and taxi and bus drivers will receive training to offer “a very positive tourist experience”.

“New Zealand aid has offered us some assistance to install boom gates for traffic management, which will come about over the next month of two,” Mr Death explained.