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Solomon Islands Business Travel Guide - - News -

COM­PE­TI­TION COULD BE­COME the key word in the Solomon Is­lands over the next decade, as the coun­try gears up for a hospi­tal­ity con­test in or­der to pre­pare for an equally com­pet­i­tive Pa­cific Games which is set to take place in 2023.

Hav­ing never had a bet­ter chance to show­case its cre­den­tials on such an in­ter­na­tional scale, it will also be an op­por­tu­nity to show off and to boast its in­fras­truc­tural evo­lu­tion to those in the sur­round­ing re­gion who are no doubt look­ing to repli­cate the coun­try’s rise to promi­nence.

From a trans­port per­spec­tive, the might of Solomon Air­lines will be com­ple­mented by re­gional air­lines such as Air Ni­ug­ini in Pa­pua New Guinea and

Fiji Air­ways in Fiji to help fa­cil­i­tate ease of ac­cess to the Solomon Is­lands, while busi­nesses such as Ela Mo­tors will be on hand to en­sure smooth tran­si­tion once in the coun­try.

And then, the afore­men­tioned hospi­tal­ity games can be­gin. Ath­letes, spec­ta­tors and me­dia will join the swathes of vis­i­tors and tourists; each with their own pref­er­ences and ideas about the ex­pe­ri­ences they want to gain from vis­it­ing the Is­lands.

For many, the beach re­sort still serves as the most al­lur­ing op­tion, bring­ing back to mind those el­e­ments of ‘par­adise’. For the busi­ness trav­eller, even in the build-up to the Games, this op­por­tu­nity can be found in abun­dance. Unlike most ‘ex­otic’ busi­ness trips, there needn’t be a de­ci­sion be­tween lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, and con­ve­nient CBD-dwelling. The two are merged here, most com­monly in and around the cap­i­tal, Ho­niara.

Ropiko Beach Re­sort and Ho­niara Ho­tel epit­o­mise ex­am­ples from each side of the coin: the for­mer serv­ing as a gate­way to Marovo La­goon and an idyl­lic re­treat on the doorstep of civil­i­sa­tion, while the lat­ter of­fers en­gulfed civil­i­sa­tion on the doorstep of an idyl­lic par­adise.

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