We are hopeful more accommodation will come on line as we approach the 2023 staging of the Pacific Games which will see big infrastructure development in and around Honiara.
The Solomon Islands Government has determined tourism - currently one of the country’s top five economic pillars - will achieve status as the number one source of foreign exchange earnings within the next five-10 years.
Priority is now being placed on tourism development and an effort is being taken to facilitate growth under the country’s National Tourism Policy as well as bring focus to bear on upgrading tourism accommodation and product.
The development of the extremely lucrative cruise sector remains a key focal area of the strategy and one which the Ministry of Culture & Tourism and the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has aggressively developed in partnership with Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises.
The outlook for 2017 is strong with a further 19 vessels expected to visit Solomon Islands waters this year which is a great achievement in itself.
"Within the Solomon Islands, traditional economic bases particularly the mining and timber industries are moving into ‘sunset’ mode, and tourism is set to play a major role in the Solomon Islands’ ongoing economic fortunes"
Q AsO: Where is the major influx expected to come from and how is it being facilitated from an access perspective?
SIVB: Australia and New Zealand remain strong market sources. Having a proactive national airline in Solomon Airlines plays a critical role in us meeting our objectives around the world; and Solomon Airlines’ ongoing codeshare agreements with Qantas Airways, Air Nuigini, Air Vanuatu - and on a more regional basis, Air Kiribati gives the Solomon Islands access to the globe.
Within the Solomon Islands, traditional economic bases - particularly the mining and timber industries - are moving into ‘sunset’ mode, and tourism is set to play a major role in the Solomon Islands’ ongoing economic fortunes.
Having a fully-supportive government is critical to the Solomon Islands’ tourism sector achieving its objectives.