Q&A

Aus­tralians ac­count for nearly half of all in­ter­na­tional visi­tors to the Solomon Is­lands. Om­niche Hol­i­days prod­uct co­or­di­na­tor for the Solomon Is­lands, Kristie Hill ex­plains what makes this South Pa­cific ar­chi­pel­ago such a spe­cial des­ti­na­tion.

Travel Bulletin - - SOLOMON ISLANDS -

What makes the Solomon Is­lands dif­fer­ent to other South Pa­cific des­ti­na­tions?

The un­touched na­ture of the is­lands – it has a rich cul­ture, a di­verse his­tory, nat­u­ral beauty, and when you ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self it’s al­most as if you’re the first ones to ever see it – it re­ally is one of the rich­est ex­pe­ri­ences you can have in the South Pa­cific.

What are your top tips for sell­ing the Solomon Is­lands?

Qual­ify your clients – work out why they have cho­sen the Solomons, where they have trav­elled be­fore and what ex­pe­ri­ences they are hop­ing for. This will make it a lot eas­ier to nar­row down where they should stay. And call your whole­sale part­ner for ac­cess to whole­sale fares and a wealth of in­for­ma­tion on the des­ti­na­tion!

How can travel agents im­prove their Solomon Is­lands prod­uct knowl­edge?

Take the time to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the dif­fer­ent ar­eas in the Solomon Is­lands util­is­ing the www.vis­it­solomons.com.sb web­site. You can also have a look at our new Om­niche Hol­i­days web­site which has des­ti­na­tion in­for­ma­tion and prod­uct list­ings, plus we have a brochure with a four-page spread on the Solomons, or call us if you have any ques­tions! We’re here to help!

Which des­ti­na­tions or re­sorts in the Solomons are best suited to cou­ples and hon­ey­moon­ers, fam­i­lies, ad­ven­ture trav­ellers?

For cou­ples, Seghe. Uepi Is­land Re­sort is a great op­tion for those who just want to get away and ex­plore at their own pace, set on a pri­vate is­land cov­ered in rain­for­est and fringed by beaches and reef. The ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer here are in­cred­i­ble, and it’s a great place to learn to dive if you haven’t tried it be­fore. It’s cost ef­fec­tive too as all meals are in­cluded in your stay here. For hon­ey­moon­ers, Ma­rau Sound. Ta­va­nipupu is the highest qual­ity re­sort in the Solomons and is set on a 13 hectare is­land that used to be a co­conut plan­ta­tion. There are only a small num­ber of bun­ga­lows, and none of them have tele­phones or tele­vi­sions. It’s a place you can dis­con­nect from tech­nol­ogy, re­ally con­nect with each other, all in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. For fam­i­lies, Gizo. Fat­boys Re­sort in par­tic­u­lar is quite a pop­u­lar place to stay as it of­fers fam­ily bun­ga­low ac­com­mo­da­tion that can sleep up to five. There are pris­tine beaches to re­lax on, is­lands for hik­ing, World War II wrecks and abun­dant marine life to dive with, reef breaks to surf just 20 min­utes from the re­sort, and a great over­wa­ter restau­rant. For ad­ven­ture trav­ellers, Munda. Zipolo Habu is a great place to base your­self while you ex­plore WWII his­tory, Skull Is­land, rain­forests, go snorkelling, surf­ing, or fish­ing – there is some­thing for all ad­ven­ture lovers!

What ex­pe­ri­ences do you rec­om­mend as a ‘must’ in the Solomons?

I would say that ex­plor­ing the his­tory of the Solomon Is­lands, par­tic­u­larly it’s sig­nif­i­cance within WWII, is a must do – you can do this on land or un­der­wa­ter with a num­ber of wrecks just a short snorkelling dis­tance off­shore. And see­ing the gor­geous Marovo La­goon with your own eyes – the wa­ter there is par­adise!

Are there any chal­lenges to sell­ing the Solomon Is­lands?

The speed of com­mu­ni­ca­tion can make things dif­fi­cult some­times, but we’ve got some great re­la­tion­ships in place so if there are any de­lays we can call right away.

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