Wednesday, 1 October 2014

New Marau Sound trail

The Conflict Bay Lodge supports five young people to develop an 8 kilometres jungle trail to the Marau Sound mountains.

The new owners of the trail are members of the local owning tribe which the operation will occur in their land.

"We want to encourage local partnership through such linkages to give more benefits to resources owners and also the lodge. And that is a beautiful thing about rural tourism development"- Conflict Bay Lodge Marketing Manager.

This exciting project will offer trail tour packages for the visitors- from whole track tour, sunset trips, cultural sites and village tours, bird watching trips, orchid watching, and local dishes tastes.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Solomon Islands National Tourism Forum receives major backing

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – As part of an agreement with the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Our Telekom announced major backing for the Solomon Islands National Tourism Forum (NTF) scheduled in Honiara on August 29. Our Telekom will have exclusive naming rights for the event, the first of its kind ever to take place in the Solomon Islands.

Presenting a check for SLD100,000 to the NTF Organizing Committee in Honiara this month, Our Telekom CEO, Loyley Ngira said he was delighted to be supporting such an important event.

“As the Solomon Islands largest mobile communications network Our Telekom is very excited to announce its commitment as a principal sponsor of the NTF,” Mr. Ngira said.

“We are aware of how communications have become an integral part of local tourism in this day and age.

“We also recognize the role tourism plays in the overall development of the nation’s economy.
“In keeping with the SIVB’s ‘STEP CHANGE’ approach, we too have decided to take a ‘STEP CHANGE’ and help do our part for the national good by becoming involved in the event as a major sponsor.”

Director of Tourism and chairman of the planning committee, Barney Sivoro said Our Telekom’s backing represented a significant development for the industry.

“We really could not have asked for a bigger or better partner and we are extremely grateful to Our Telekom for that support,” he said.

SIVB CEO, Josefa “Jo” Tuamoto said it was very exciting to see such a major player investing in the local tourism industry.

“This is a most significant partnership and one that truly reflects the potential Our Telekom sees in the Solomon Islands’ tourism future, both on the national and international stage,” he said.

The Our Telekom National Tourism Forum will take place at the Heritage Park Hotel.

Source: Solomon Star

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ministry of Tourism and Cultuure funds Conflict Bay Lodge

After almost four years of personal sacrifices, the Conflict Bay Lodge received support from the Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture funding.

The funding comes in the form of solar unit which including freezer and lightings, plus a fibreglass canoe totalling to SBD $50,000.
Mr. Elijah Maumamura, the Conflict Bay Lodge managing director thanked the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the timely funding to his lodge in Marau Sound, East Guadalcanal.

“As a growing local tourism operator in Marau Sound, to get recognition is something my workers and myself are humble to thank the Ministry of Tourism”, said Maumamura. “But such support is something we as operators should earn through hard work to go further in rural development and creating more employments in our rural communities”.

For sometimes, his lodge experienced food storage problems-especially to preserve seafood, meat, and vegetables bought from local fishermen and farmers.

The new solar unit will boost our services not only in food storage; but also drinks, lighting, and charging basic electronic appliances of the guests.
With the new fibre glass canoe Mr. Maumamura said the island tour packages will be cheaper, as the cost of boat hire will be reduced.

Speaking on behalf of the Tourism Department, the Principal Tourism officer for Investment, Mr. Mark Ligo said the Government through the Tourism Department is glad to see the grants touching the lives of the rural communities through genuine operators. And ecotourism is one way which we can improve the quality of lives of our rural people
"The Conflict Bay Lodge is a classic example of how the rural people can be empowered to develop tourism, using their resources", said Ligo.
Having the new solar system, it will help in keeping meats and drinks chill for our guests to enjoy after each day's outdoor activities.
Conflict Bay Lodge is just three minutes walk from the Marau Airport.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New Marau Sound tourism association

A new tourism association has been formed over the weekend known as the Marau Sound tourism association.

This came after a delegation from the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) visited the area over the weekend.
The association was formed on Saturday after a meeting with SIVB.

SIVB was excused when the election took place.

And SIVB chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto after learning about the news said the trip has achieved one of its objectives.

He said the bureau wants to see changes and the formation of the new association is one of its achievements.

He congratulated the Marau Sound tourism association and said SIVB will work closely with them to make sure this part of Guadalcanal is being developed and promoted.

“I congratulate and thank operators for the formation of the new association to push the industry forward.”

The new association has a chairman, secretary, treasurer and other members.


Solomon Star, 31st March 2014

Operators learn difference about SIVB, ministry

LOCAL tourism operators in Marau, east Guadalcanal on Saturday learn about the different functions Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and ministry of culture and tourism and the role they played in the tourism industry in Solomon Islands.

SIVB board of director Andrew Nihopara explained the difference of these two organisations after operators asked about it.

Mr Nihopara who spoke on behalf of SIVB chairman Moses Tepai said SIVB has different roles from the ministry.

“You must understand SIVB is the marketing arm of government and ministry’s role is to provide finance and training.

“Therefore you must understand the roles these two organizations have played to ensure that you are on the right road,” Mr Nihopara said.

He said most people have been confused about SIVB and the ministry.

“SIVB comes under the ministry of tourism but plays a different role which marketing and ministry is provides finance and trainings.”

He told operators that if they want funding they can go to the ministry or visit their member of parliament.

Many operators who attended the meeting thanked SIVB for explaining the difference.

“For many years we are living in the darkness and now we understand the roles and functions of these two organizations.”

Following the meeting they urged the ministry to visit them and explain how the tourism funds have been distributed to operators.

Meanwhile SIVB will be doing a monthly tourism page promotion in the Solomon Star soon.

Any operators who wants to promote his or her tourism business can contact SIVB marketing manager Freda Unusi for more information.


Solomon Star issue, March 31st 2014.

Tuamoto highlights Marau’s tourism potentials

Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto says Marau Sound is a tourism potential region in the country.

The only thing they need to and get the industry going is working in partnership.
Mr Tuamoto highlighted this during a meeting organized by SIVB for all tourism operators in Marau Sound on Saturday.

The meeting was held at the Marau Sound Airport Hall on.

About 50 tourism operators got together for the meeting.

Mr Tuamoto told the operators that Marau has beautiful people, beaches, sea and place to convert into tourism.

“What all of you need to understand here is that tourism is everybodies’ business not only for marine protected area (MPA),” Mr Tuamoto said.

The former Fiji visitors bureau CEO said Marau have all the existing infrastructures that a tourism industry needs like communication, airport and wharf.

Mr Tuamoto also highlighted the connection between protecting the marine area and using them for snorkelling and diving.

He encouraged the operators and the people to protect their marine areas.

The SIVB high level delegation returns to Honiara this morning.


Solomon Star

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Conflict Bay Lodge connects to one of the World's leading websites

The Conflict Bay Lodge has joined the Trip Advisor, as of last week.

In a statement from the Managing Director, Mr. Elijah Maumamura, the Conflict Bay Lodge is exploring the new but exciting marketing channels like the Trip Advisor to make its presence felt among the others at the finger tips of the potential travelers who are planning their travels and holidays.

"Our arrangement with the Trip Advisor team is not only exciting, but also getting us closer to you (our future customers) in a way we can interact as you prepare yourselves to receive us and our products", he said. "But it is our happiness to help you on what we are offering here and giving you right information before you actually come to us".

He also encouraged the lodge's past guests to keep in touch through this exciting communication platform, which the people at the lodge can share with their friends they came across through your travels to the place they call home.

The review of the Conflict Bay Lodge is available to our friendly guests in the past who would like to share with us your experiences and what you want us to develop on to meet your happy experience.

To the direct bookings from the Trip Advisor will come into the market, as soon as our arrangement with the Trip Advisor team is completed on its business listing.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tuamoto: Marketing biggest problem here

The biggest problem and hindrance in expanding the tourism industry in Solomon Islands is the lack of promotion and marketing of Solomon Island products on the international markets.

Solomon Island visitors bureau (SIVB) chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto revealed this in an interview with this paper in Gizo on Tuesday.

“Solomon Island has a lot of resources and pleasurable sites that tourists would love to visit and spend time out.

“But the biggest problem why this country receives very low number of tourists coming here is the lack of promotions and marketing of this country’s products abroad,” Mr Tuamoto who is currently in the Western province said.

He said few other accommodations need to be improved while all accommodations are up to standard that can able to accommodate tourist.

“Most times we do internal markets which resulted this country receiving low number of tourists coming here every time.

“In order for us to get a good number of tourists coming into our country we need to market our products externally which means we must have to go onto Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United States and other Asian countries to market our products in order to get a high numbers of tourists coming into our country,” Mr Tuamoto said.

He said the little influx of tourists in the country had discouraged many operators to pursue tourism industry.

“SIVB is taking a step to change to try and market our products abroad.

“Now SIVB is working on a best possible strategy to ensure we could able to market out our products abroad.

“Soon some travel writers will come here to do more writings about our products and also we will bring some associations here to go and market our products in Australia, New Zealand, USA and very soon Asia,” he said.

Mr Tuamoto said many people did not know about Solomon Island though they are from our neighboring Australia and New Zealand.

“Some people in New Zealand and Australian does not know about Solomon Island because of lack of promotions and marketing externally.

“Therefore SIVB is working closely with the associations and other international travel agents to help and market this country abroad,” he said.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Solomon Islands and national airline partner to promote tourism

In what represents one of his major activities since taking over the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) helm in January, CEO Josefa Tuamoto has signed an agreement with its national airline which fully underlines the commitment and vision both parties share in promoting and developing tourism for the Solomon Islands.

The SIVB and Solomon Airlines have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting the destination’s overseas profile and increasing international visitation numbers. Under the agreement both parties will jointly explore and implement activities to promote increased tourist traffic to the Solomon Islands in its existing mature source markets and also other markets seen as offering strong potential to the destination.

The partnership will include the airline providing assistance with airfares allowing the SIVB to participate in overseas travel shows and other promotional opportunities as well as supporting activities taking place within the Solomon Islands.

“The signing of the MOU is very timely,” Mr. Tuamoto said.

“Together we can join resources and implement the changes we see as necessary to transform the perceptions with which the Solomon Islands are held on the international stage and accordingly, lift tourism to the benefit of everyone involved.

“A key component of our overall blueprint for the future of Solomon Islands tourism is to see the tourism sector become the prime source of our country’s foreign exchange earnings within the next 10 years.

“This agreement places us all on the same page and will play a major role in helping us to achieve our common objectives.”

Solomon Airlines CEO, Ron Sumsum said the MOU represented a new horizon for the airline.

“This agreement represents a major milestone in our country’s tourism fortunes, it paves the way for a closer relationship with Mr. Tuamoto and his SIVB team and will have a productive effect on the spending of our joint funds promoting the country overseas,” he said.

“We are excited to be able to play a key role in helping to grow the prospects of the local tourism industry and its international partners and extremely pleased to be working hand in glove and sharing resources with our national tourist office counterparts.

“This MOU, following as it does on the recent appointment of Mr. Tuamoto and our new Sydney-based Australia, New Zealand & Asia Regional General Manager, Victor Sharan, bodes well for the future of Solomon Islands tourism.”

Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Conflict Bay Lodge begins another year of business

This new year, 2014 marks another fruitful year for the Conflict Bay Lodge to do business.

In a message from the Managing Director of the Conflict Bay Lodge, Elijah Maumamura from Marau Sound, the completion of a new family room and dining room shows the commitment of his team to expand its markets to include couples and families.

"In the past our guests were inspired by locals; especially the local children who love to be around when the visitors were there. We want to give our guests the real Marau family life. Where their children can be cared for by our nannies and playing with local children in the real world play station- while parents are enjoying each other's company in the sea, on the beach, or snorkeling", he said.
Now you can travel as individual or with your family to have your holiday at somewhere different from the resorts and hotels, but regarded as a natural dream world.
The Solomon Airlines flights from Honiara to Marau Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.