Solomon Is­lands

As tra­di­tional eco­nomic bases en­ter ‘sun­set mode’, tourism is set to be­come the ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Solomon Is­lands’ on­go­ing eco­nomic for­tunes in the years to come

Solomon Islands Business Travel Guide - - News - Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Man­ager: Ryan Gray

or many, no­tions of par­adise re­volve around peace, re­lax­ation, un­touched beauty, and iso­la­tion; a haven that al­most seems un­earthly in its make-up. When vis­it­ing the Solomon Is­lands though, you get a more loaded, com­plex, deep and poignant form of par­adise that is op­ti­mis­ing its nat­u­ral tourism ap­peal to boost its over­all econ­omy and busi­ness acu­men.

Not just a fortress of soli­tude for hol­i­day mak­ers, the Solomon Is­lands in fact made its name as a gen­uine fortress dur­ing World War II and now reaps the sym­pa­thy and de­serves of that hard­ship through a tourist in­flux that com­prises war buffs, vet­er­ans and fam­i­lies; as well as the in­evitable swathe of hol­i­day-mak­ers, scuba divers, surfers and back­pack­ers each year. More re­cently though, a new de­mo­graphic has en­tered the equa­tion too, in the form of the busi­ness trav­eller. Cre­at­ing a cir­cle of op­por­tu­nity, the in­crease in tourism has boosted lev­els of hospi­tal­ity and

con­fer­ence po­ten­tial in the coun­try; sub­se­quently en­cour­ag­ing more and more ex­pos, del­e­ga­tions and con­ven­tions to be hosted across the nine prov­inces - most promi­nently in the cap­i­tal, Ho­niara. Lonely Planet re­cently de­scribed the coun­try as one of the top five in the world to visit, call­ing them “the South Pa­cific Is­lands as they used to be”, and this is backed-up ve­he­mently by those truly in the know. The Solomon Is­lands Vis­i­tors Bu­reau has en­joyed a fron­trow seat to the rise of its beau­ti­ful coun­try, and is play­ing an in­te­gral role in cap­i­tal­is­ing on its po­ten­tial in the fu­ture.

“The newly emerg­ing, multi-faceted Solomon Is­lands can pretty much cater to ev­ery taste, de­sire and bud­get with its myr­iad choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion; from the ‘big gun’ ho­tels of the cap­i­tal Ho­niara to bou­tique re­sort ac­com­mo­da­tion, eco-lodges and home stays dot­ted across the en­tire ar­chi­pel­ago,” the Com­pany says. “Best of all, and quite a sur­prise for many trav­ellers, the Solomon Is­lands are very easy to reach. It takes less than three hours to reach the Solomon Is­lands’ cap­i­tal Ho­niara from Bris­bane fly­ing on Solomon Air­lines’ four weekly ser­vices or via Vir­gin Aus­tralia’s bi-weekly ser­vices.”

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