Q AsO: What is in store for the Solomon Islands over the course of 2017 and beyond to continue the good work already commenced and to enhance its reputation as a tourism and business travel hub further in the future?
SIVB: New constructs include new resorts in and around Honiara such as Ginger Beach Resort and the Coral Seas Resort & Casino.
In terms of events, The Guadalcanal 75th anniversary celebrations took place in August. But the next really big thing on the horizon is the staging of the Pacific Games in 2023 which is a catalyst for a major increase in investment in the country; from stadia to hotels and new roads, upgraded hospitals, general infrastructure, etc. Q AsO: Looking forward, what progress and development would you hope and expect to be able to report back for the SIVB and for the business travel industry in the Solomon Islands as a whole?
SIVB: Hopefully the SIVB will have played a major role in attracting new hotel development both in and around Honiara and further afield to the other eight provinces. And tourism will be well on the way to becoming one of the country’s prime sources of foreign exchange earnings.
"Hopefully the SIVB will have played a major role in attracting new hotel development both in and around Honiara and further afield to the other eight provinces"