Sustainable Tourism DevelopmentS
From harvested rain water, solar energy powering our site, environmental waste systems to organic fruit and vegetables being sourced from nearby villages.
At Two Canoes Island Getaway we believe sustainability is about building a type and a style of tourism development that contributes to the economic viability of places and people through employment and investment. It contributes to communities’ sense of pride, place attachment and connection with others and it encourages sustainable stewardship over the environmental and natural resources that contribute to the tourist experience.
IMAGES: the building of Two Canoes Island Getaway - 2016
"We will strive to respect Vanuatu culture and customary practices and harness the positive aspects of traditional ways in achieving our environmental sustainability.
Like our guests, we enjoy our island life and environment as it is our home. We foster a strong environmental ethic to underpin our operations, making us stewards of our natural surroundings as a basis for our commitment to constant improvement in environmental conditions.
We strive to employ and develop the skills of Ni-Vanuatu people before we employ non Vanuatu workers. We also maximise our efforts to recruit from the nearest surrounding islands and villages.
We enhance the principle of waste prevention by purchasing ‘greener products’. We are committed to buying fresh local produce from the land and the sea from nearby Ni-Vanuatu families to again minimise the impact that transportation has on our carbon footprint".
Two Canoes was created by Mark Provost who has used tourism to create opportunity for indigenous locals living in remote regions of outback Australia and the South Pacific for over 15 years. Since creating Australia's first exclusive Aboriginal Resort in the Simpsons Desert in 2004 (New York Times), Mark has developed several start-up businesses in the South Pacific. He resides in Vanuatu and works between both his two properties (Two Canoes and Tukutuk) and has an office in Sydney where he loves going to the races and spending time with his 3 children, close friends and family.
"The two Island Getaway products have been designed for independent-minded travelers looking for an authentic island experience with a service delivery that is personable, laid back but professional. Product development for me is all about authenticity. Tourism products are getting slightly homogenous these days. So I've built places that are personal, environmental, socially and culturally responsible that are located in pristine and untouched regions of Efate and Espiritu Santo".
Mark Provost - Owner