THE Premiers’ retreat trip to Marau east Guadalcanal cost about $120,000.
The one-day trip took the premiers and their delegations from Honiara to Marau on Tuesday and back late in the evening.
Local Organizing Committee Vice-Chairman Vincent Kohata disclosed to Solomon Star that the trip costs about $120,000.
He said the purpose of the trip was to give the premiers time out to visit a sub-station in the province like Marau.
He said the premiers visited Marau Mini hospital and Eco tourism resorts and witnessed the cultural settings of local communities there.
Mr Kohata said it was first-hand experience for the premiers to witness how those cultural norms have become the binding influence of the people’s lives both spiritually, socially and economically.
He said the money was spent on cost expenses such as air transport to Marau from Honiara and return trip by ship.
He said it was fully funded by the Ministry of Provincial Government.
While in Marau the Premiers also visited Tavanipupu Tourism Resort where Prince William and Kate of the British Royal Family visited in 2012.
Premiers spoken to commented they were marveled by the beautiful settings and sites which Marau offers in terms of tourism development.
Premier James Habu of Isabel province who spoke on behave of the Premiers thanked the Premier of Guadalcanal Bartholomew Vavanga and Honiara city Lord Mayor Alfrence Fatai for hosting the program, which he said gave them the golden opportunity to visit the beautiful and historical sites in Marau.
“Thank you Mr Vavanga and Mr Fatai and the Ministry of Provincial Government for sponsoring this visit,” Mr Habu said.
The Premiers formal conference started in Honiara Wednesday this week.
By LESLEY SANGA