UNDERSTANDABLY AND SENSIBLY, the Solomon Islands’ transport links from an external and peripheral perspective are dominated by the collaborating airlines in the surrounding Pacific region; and equally importantly from Australia. The latter especially is a hub for all international visitors emanating from around the world; Brisbane serving as the key portal.
This not only boosts visitation from all other continents but has inevitably had a primary effect on people coming to the Solomon Islands from Australia itself.
“International visitation to the Solomon Islands has been buoyed by a huge 61.9 percent increase, with Australian visitation jumping by 29 percent in June alone,” the SIVB notes. “Official figures released by the Solomon Islands’ National Statistics Office shows a total of 2,561
"The SIVB is confident of an even stronger result across Q3, where there is guaranteed to be a huge influx of visitors - predominantly American, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese "
international visitors recorded for the month.
“This represents a 29.1 percent increase over the 1,984 tally achieved for the corresponding month in 2016 and is a vast improvement over a sluggish Q1 performance which saw figures for the period dip by 3.1 percent compared to Q1 2016.
“The SIVB is confident of an even stronger result across Q3, where there is guaranteed to be a huge influx of visitors - predominantly American, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese - attending the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal and related commemorative services across the archipelago.”