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85 guests return

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, November 17, 2012

EIGHTY-FIVE of Mana Island Resort's most loyal guests returned to the Mamanucas to celebrate the resort's 40th anniversary. The celebration recently with staff and management was also attended by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The day also market the first day of "Returnee Week"—a program where frequent visitors come together to celebrate the resort's history.

German native, Elker Gregory said she had been a guest at the resort 27 times. "We've been coming since the 1980s and each time has been different and wonderful. One of my daughters had her wedding here too," Mrs Gregory said.

Her family now resides in Melbourne, Australia, where she has been encouraging family and friends to visit the island resort.

"Mana Island is very special to us and we wanted our friends to also enjoy that experience with us. We wanted people to come and see and enjoy what we've always known about the place," she said. Longest serving staff Biu Nabalagi was responsible for organising the return of loyal guests.

"We just wanted them to come back and be part of the celebrations because they played a huge part in the resort's success," Mrs Nabalagi said. She said one of the important aspects of Mana Island Resort was its commitment to ensuring that guests enjoyed their stay.

"I have worked at this resort for more than 30 years and I call this home. For me, it's always important to portray this island resort as a home away from home to our guests," she said.