Quarantine hotel cries poor
The management of the Iririki Island Resort near the capital Port Vila, says the resort has not made any profit during the COVID pandemic, despite being used as an official quarantine centre.
Acting CEO, Bernie Millman, says the National Disaster Management Office pays two rates for the resort to accommodate citizens returning from overseas.
“The twin share rate is VT7500 per night and the single room rate for travellers with the Delta variant – is VT11,500 per night, with both including the provision of three meals a day, aircon and internet,” he said.
Mr Millman says the rates being paid for quarantine passengers are too low and with no tourists able to enter Vanuatu, the resort is not making any profits.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for places like Iririki,” Mr Millman said.
The foreign-owned resort has been providing quarantine services to the government for 18 months and 2000 repatriates have spent their quarantine period at the resort.
The Vanuatu Ministry of Health has reported six cases of COVID-19 in the past 18 months, all detected in passengers transiting to the country or in quarantine; and one death.
There are now two active COVID-19 cases in Vanuatu. Both people entered Vanuatu from New Caledonia and were detected as positive on 24 October and have been transferred to the COVID-19 isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital.