It is wonderful to read such heartfelt reviews on our friends in Tanna, but appreciate also it to be 100% correct.
“…By staying with Margaret and Tom (Rocky Ridge Bungalows) you are contributing to the local community, whereas staying at Whitegrass or Evergreen at a (much) higher price, you are contributing to offshore bank accounts (albeit creation of local jobs). You may like to bear in mind the top end resorts are very very energy intensive (i.e. hard on the local environment).”
1: Tanna Evergreen Resort (TERT) is 100% owned by Sam and Merian Numake who are Tanna locals, all the profits are re invested in Tanna.
2. Rocky Ridge (RR) employs a handful of their family, TERT employs 45 local people from all over Tanna, White Grass Resort (WGOR) the same.
3. TERT and WGOR provide Rocky Ridge much business during the year (we are often fully booked hence recommend RR), and both resorts have been instrumental in Rocky Ridges start up & continued success.
4. I’m sure that when Rocky Ridge are in a financial position to acquire more infrastructure and equipment to cater for increasing demand it will also be “very very energy intensive”…which in itself is a incorrect comment. For example TERT uses main power (drastically minimizing freight of diesel consumption on the island), and in all matters such as transfers, tours and resort operation TERT has a smaller eco footprint per guests…the equipment, fuel, etc is shared by many more users.