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Following on from the historic win in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier in 2023, and now exactly a week, until the team heads to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the World Cup Qualifier, the Vanuatu Cricket Association, is pleased to announce the renewal of their long-term partnership with Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu as the naming rights sponsor for the Vanuatu National Men and Women’s Cricket teams.

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu have been the naming rights sponsor for the national teams since 2019 and the renewal of the partnership means that the teams will continue to be proudly called the ‘Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men and Women’s Cricket Teams’ until the end of March in 2025.

Tim Cutler, VCA CEO, said:

“We are so very grateful to Rashmi and the team at the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu for their support, which has continued throughout and beyond COVID.

“The sponsorship from Holiday Inn assisted the VCA with hosting the recent East Asia Pacific region's ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier which saw our amazing women – Vanuatu’s highest ranked sporting team – pull off a historic tournament victory against touring sides from Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa, while also hosting a world-first ICC Level 2 Coaching Course in parallel with the event, with all tourists, almost 100, staying at the Holiday Inn Resort,” Cutler concluded.  

The sponsorship has also supported the National Men’s team in hosting the Subregional T20 World Cup Qualifier – another victory for Vanuatu – in September 2022, the inaugural Women’s Pacific Cup in October of that year, as well as the Australian Men’s and Women’s National Indigenous Cricket Teams’ tour to Port Vila in May 2023, again, with all competing sides accommodated at the Holiday Inn Resort.

Rashmi Tulsani, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu expressed that the renewal of this partnership portrays the confidence they have in the VCA and its development plans, especially for cricket tourism in the Pacific and they are proud to renew their partnership with the VCA.

Rashmi Tulsiani, General Manager of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, emphasized the significance of renewing their partnership with the Vanuatu Cricket Association (VCA), showcasing their trust in VCA's developmental strategies, particularly concerning cricket tourism in the Pacific.

Tulsiani reaffirmed their delight in extending their collaboration with VCA.

"Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is pleased to announce the renewal of our partnership with the Vanuatu Cricket Association for an additional two years. Our decision to sustain this sponsorship underscores our commitment to the local community, aligning with an entity that advocates for the societal value of sports through VCA's inclusive programs.

"We firmly believe in the transformative influence of sports on individuals, and these competitions provide a significant platform for our youth to channel their energies constructively. Through sports, we collectively instill values of discipline, teamwork, and personal growth, reflecting our dedication to actively contribute to community development.

"Our ongoing support for Vanuatu Cricket signifies our confidence in Vanuatu's potential to emerge as a key hub for sports tourism in the Pacific. We eagerly anticipate hosting international teams and fixtures, knowing that our participation not only enhances the reputation of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu but also underscores our commitment to nurturing an environment conducive to both relaxation and personal advancement," remarked Tulsiani.

The VCA through its partnership with Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, are looking forward to developing its cricket tourism program post-COVID and 2023’s Tropical Cyclones which will bring cricket teams into Vanuatu to play cricket, learn about and enjoy Vanuatu’s different cultures, and contribute to the economy of Vanuatu.

This is due to begin in October this year with over a hundred visitors from Australia’s “Exotic Cricket Tours” due to visit Vanuatu.


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