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What is the club?
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Who Can Join?
What does a Member get for his/her Money?
How does the Club Use and Invest the Membership Fee?
Why Vanuatu?
The Concept of Our Land
How Do I Become a Landholder and Build my Vacation Home?
How was the Club Established and What is its Legal Basis?
What are the Rights and Obligations of Membership?
What are the Committees and their Functions?
And if I Decide to Sell my Membership?
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Who Wants to Become a Member?
Application for Membership
  why Vanuatu? (continued)
 
  • History
    Interestingly, archaeological diggings have uncovered ceramics quite similar to those of Japan in the Jomon period, proving an ancient link between the countries. For the West, Vanuatu was discovered in 1774 by Captain James Cook. Over the next centuries, Western ships penetrated the country in order to plunder sandalwood, of which Vanuatu is so rich, for export to China. And with the high prices received, the merchants acquired for Europe tea, porcelain and silk from China. In 1906, England and France divided the country and ruled it as a colony until Vanuatu achieved independence in 1978, during which period most of the population became devout Christians (as they still are). Today, the Republic of Vanuatu is a democracy based on British law, holding free elections every four years for a Parliament composed of 52 Members.

  • Climate
    The Vanuatu climate is stable most year round, daytime temperatures being steady at 27-30 degrees with an occasional rise or fall of 2 degrees. By day, the sky is a cloudless blue; by night it is wonderfully lit by stars. Except during the short rainy season in January-February, rain comes as cool showers lasting only 5-20 minutes. As between summer and winter, the main difference is the length of daylight and degree of humidity. The consistent beautiful weather is, in fact, an important reason behind the immigration of wealthy people to Vanuatu from around the world.

  • Economy
    The economy of Vanuatu is stable, as is the local currency (the Vatu) in relation to the American dollar. The country exports fish, fruits and vegetables, high quality beef, and coconut oil which is used for cosmetics. Behind the considerable overseas demand for these products are the clean, unspoiled sea and the fact that all food products are organic: Vanuatu law bans the use of agricultural chemicals. When you visit and observe the variety and quality of products in the colourful market, you will understand.

  • Wages and living costs
    Average monthly income in Vanuatu is about \10,000 (about \30,000 in Port Vila, the capital, and about \5,000 elsewhere). Living costs are correspondingly low, making Vanuatu an easy place to live and an excellent spot for retirement.

  • No taxes
    Vanuatu's status as a true tax haven draws investment from financial institutions, international companies and private individuals. The main attraction is the complete lack of income taxes. Moreover, in fact there are no inheritance taxes nor taxes of any other kind.

  • Tourism
    Tourism is another important source of national income. The fascinating ancient tribal culture, expressed in rituals and festivals, is a great attraction. That and Vanuatu's stunning natural beauty draws nature lovers and scuba diving, snorkeling and other marine sports enthusiasts from around the world. Vanuatu is also popular for recreational fishing. Visitors enjoy 5-star hotels, first class golf courses (where international tournaments are held), luxurious restaurants of various cuisines, horseback riding and much more. Tourism has recently increased substantially following broadcast of the American TV series "Survivor", which was set in Vanuatu.

  • Trade with Japan
    Economic ties between Japan and Vanuatu are very limited, focusing on sales to Japan of high-quality beef and fishing rights and purchases of Japanese automobiles. The lack of business development between the two countries, despite the facts that Japan and Vanuatu have complimentary economies, represents a great opportunity and for enterprising Members.

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