International visitation to the Solomon Islands jumped by close on 12 per cent across April 2017. Official figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office show a total of 2013 international visitors recorded for the month representing an 11.8 per cent increase over the same period in 2016.
Part of an going strategy to promote the Solomon Islands to Taiwanese travellers, a senior group of Taiwanese tourism and media representatives has arrived in Honiara.
A joint venture between the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, Solomon Airlines and the Solomon Islands Embassy in Taipei, the five-strong group’s program will include the opportunity to visit hotels and resorts in Honiara and the Western Province and also experience key cultural and historical activities in both areas.
Driving investor interest and confidence in the Solomon Islands’ tourism sector and being in position to manage and accommodate 50,000 international visitors annually by 2027 - just two of the key factors to be deliberated at the inaugural National Sustainable Tourism Investment Forum taking place in Honiara next week.
Tourism can play a critical role in achieving water access and security, as well as hygiene and sanitation for all. The efficient use of water in the tourism sector coupled with appropriate safety measures, waste water management, pollution control and technology efficiency can be key to safe guarding our most precious resource. (UNWTO)
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has commended the Asian Development Bank for drawing attention to the issue of sustainable eco- tourism at the ADB Pacific Update Conference held in Suva, Fiji last week.
The Asian Development Bank has given its approval for the creation of a new Pacific Renewable Energy Investment Facility, which will provide financial support to a series of renewable energy projects and sector reforms across Pacific island countries.
Tourism, the economy, law and justice post-RAMSI, investment, agriculture, business, infrastructure, governance and resources are some of the areas which will be focused on at the upcoming 9th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum.
Tourism provides an opportunity to empower Pacific people through improved access to quality education and vocational training. The future of tourism in the Pacific hinges on the ability of our Pacific island countries to deliver quality services that exceed visitors’ expectations. Tourism therefore requires a skilled, well-trained and motivated workforce to bridge the gap between industry demand for qualified and skilled staff and what is available locally.