Acting General Manager, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, Andrew Aughterson (centre left) sealing the partnership with VCA CEO, Tim Cutler (centre right)
The Vanuatu Cricket Association is pleased to announce the renewal of their 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 sponsors for the Vanuatu National Men and Women’s cricket teams since 2019 and the renewal of the partnership this year means that the teams will continue to be proudly called the ‘Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men and Women’s Cricket Teams’.
The support and sponsorship from Holiday Inn assisted the VCA with hosting the East Asia Pacific region's ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019 which saw teams from Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu compete at the Vanuatu Cricket Grounds at Korman and hosted Australian women’s cricketer, Holly Ferling and Cricket Without Borders.
The sponsorship supported the National Women’s team to attend and compete at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa where they won the bronze medal, and the historical live stream of the Vanuatu Blast which had a reach of almost 1 billion on Vanuatu Cricket’s Facebook page and was viewed by millions of people globally.
The partnership also contributed immensely to the growth of the national teams and also cricket in Vanuatu through the club level and the development programs which the VCA celebrated 20 years of at the Holiday Inn Resort in August this year.
Andrew Aughterson, acting General Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu expressed that the renewal of this partnership portrays the confidence they have of the VCA and its development plans especially for cricket tourism in the Pacific and they are proud to renew their partnership with the VCA.
“Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is proud to renew our partnership with Vanuatu Cricket Association for another two years. We have chosen to continue this sponsorship in order to contribute to our local community and are pleased to align ourselves with an organisation that promotes the importance of sport in society through the use of VCA’s social inclusion programs.
“Our continued sponsorship of Vanuatu Cricket is a demonstration of our confidence in Vanuatu’s ability to become a major centre for sporting tourism in the Pacific. We look forward to hosting international teams and fixtures once Vanuatu’s borders reopen,” Aughterson said.
With the expectation that borders will eventually reopen, the VCA through their partnership with Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, are looking forward to kick start their cricket tourism program 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.
The renewal of this partnership at this crucial time has also motivated Vanuatu Cricket to continue overcoming the challenges presented by COVID19, to ensure that cricket is still used as a tool for development through Cricket I Blong Evriwan and its implementation in schools and communities by the national men and women’s players.
Signing of Partnership Renewal.
This current partnership will end in 2023 and the VCA are grateful to be given this opportunity to partner with Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu again and to continue making a difference in the lives of young people in Vanuatu through the game of cricket.