By EDDIE OSIFELO
A little-known resort in Marau, East Guadalcanal, is booked out for December and January.
Called Milk Fish, it is tucked away in Marapa island beside the famous Tavanipupu resort.
Solomon Airlines Manager Marketing, Colin Sigamanu said the Yumi Tugeda Package initiative launched by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last year is really taking off and becoming very popular.
He said the private sector initially made use of it by passengers to visit our domestic destinations.
“But with the public service now coming on board, we have seen a marked increase in travel under the Yumi Tugeda Holidays.
“In fact, my marketing team just reported to me late yesterday afternoon, that the months of December and January for a particular resort in Marau, Milk Fish has been totally booked out,” he said.
“And that basically coming from the Public Service, who are taking more and more interests in utlising the Yumi Tugeda initiative.
“Our forward booking profile, the graph is going north,” he added.
Sigamanu said this is helping them with revenue and cash flow.
He said it is also a very positive sign for our struggling operators in the provinces who the packaged also aimed at assisting them in the absence of international tourists coming in.
“The aim of the package as we initially wanted to do is actually been realized, we are hoping the more and more unknown operators participating in the Yumi Tugeda are receiving clients.
“The package is generating much needed revenue to sustain and keep them off the ground,” he added.
Milk Fish’s relaxing getaway offers 2 ensuite bungalows which can accommodate four people in each.
There is dining area serving meals and drinks.
Activities that can be enjoyed at your leisure are swimming, snorkeling (bring your own equipment), birdwatching and bush walks.
Other activities such as fishing, sandy island excursions and boat trips can be arranged at additional cost.