Visitors to Vanuatu come to the island by cruise ship or international flights. Port Vila is on pace to receive more than 100 cruise ships per year in the near future, bringing thousands of more visitors to the local shops and restaurants. Flights from all across the world are also increasing on a yearly basis. Visitors who arrive by air and sea enjoy a multiculural blend of shops with English, French, Chinese and Melenisian influences. Shops carry fine wines, patisseries, jewelry, printed t-shirts, beachwear and any other item that the modern savvy tourist wants. Port Vila becomes easily navigatable by picking up a free city map from the information centre on main street.
Main street is the primary destination for shopping at Port Vila. Visitors need a passport and onward ticket in order to make a purchase; the shop will then forward the purchased goods to the main wharf of the cruise ship or the airport terminal. This shopping process provides a more convenient shopping experience for visitors, allowing them to shop throughout the day without be encumbered by previously purchased goods.