It is time for travel agents to embrace the opportunities offered by the Pacific Islands’ smaller, harder to reach destinations as travellers increasingly look for something different and relatively untouched, say exhibitors at a travel exchange in Honiara last week.
Attracting delegates from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA, the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society’s (SPUMS) 48th Annual Scientific Meeting taking place in Honiara last week has been hailed a major success.
A major step forward for the future promotion and development of the Solomon Islands dive tourism sector, the destination’s main dive operators have agreed to combine resources to create a formal representative body - Dive Operators Solomon Islands (DOSI).
Tourism Solomons has applauded Solomon Airlines’ decision to commence a direct same-day Brisbane-Munda-Brisbane service on Saturday, 30 March describing the move as, potentially, a major catalyst for increased international visitation to the destination.
Bracing itself to handle a barrage of questions relating to the Rennell Island oil spill and its impact in the Solomon Islands’ world-class dive offering, a Tourism Solomons-led dive industry team attending the OZTek2019 Advanced Dive Conference in Sydney on the weekend has advised it did not receive a single question.
The best thing our international visitors can do to help the people of Rennell Island, and by extension the people of the Solomon Islands who are so dependent on tourism, is to keep their travel plans on track.