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May 14, 2021

Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau uses AI to promote CBI program

To help promote Vanuatu and the benefits of its Citizenship by Investment Program, The Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau (VIMB), through its Dubai office, is working with AI-powered Travel Assistant company, Eddy Travels.

This will make for easier travel planning and access to Vanuatu, as well as supporting Vanuatu Citizens with AI enhanced resources for optimising their global travel experience.

This is the first time that AI has been deployed and incorporated in the promotion of Vanuatu as a travel destination.

“The opportunity to work with Eddy Travels positions VIMB as being an early participant in the AI technological revolution that is currently underway,” said VIMB Chief Executive James Elcocke-Harris.

“VIMB is always seeking to improve upon and expand the level of support we can offer our clients and, as we are often approached by people seeking advice on how to visit Vanuatu, this is a very useful augmentation to our services.

“A big draw for cooperating with Eddy Travels is due to their relationship with the Intelak Hub led by The Emirates Group and Dubai Tourism. We recognise that Dubai is a constant innovator, and we hope through alignment and association to gain benefits for Vanuatu’s own Tourism Industry as it seeks to recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19.”

Edmundas Balčikonis, co-founder and CEO of Eddy Travels, added: “Our cooperation with VIMB highlights the reach and capabilities of Eddy Travels to connect with even the most remote of travel destinations which, post-COVID-19 will be seen as ever more attractive especially if, as is the case with Vanuatu, they have remained COVID-19-free.”

Vanuatu offers an unspoilt sanctuary

A Pacific Island Nation comprising 83 Islands, Vanuatu is one of only a handful of countries in the world to currently have zero COVID-19 cases. Priding itself on its ecologically pristine environment, in 2018 Vanuatu became the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic straws and then single-use plastic bags.

Consistently rated amongst the Happiest Countries on the Planet, Vanuatu represents one of the last sanctuaries in the world that is both remote, yet accessible – being just two hours’ flight time from Brisbane, Australia.

VIMB is a Vanuatu Government Designated Agent for the promotion and management of Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment Program – the Development Support Program (DSP). Headquartered in Port Vila, Vanuatu, VIMB has a network of offices spanning South East Asia, Dubai, and London.