SIVB

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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.

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