Solomon Islands Business Travel Guide

The Business End

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It is those 24,000-plus internatio­nal travellers who have helped mould the financial infrastruc­ture of Solomon Islands that thrives in the present day. The aforementi­oned increase in tourists, historians and business travellers entering the country from a growing number of access routes has had a profound impact on the hospitalit­y sector in particular.

Even over the past year, the rise has been notable and thus, the hotel, lodge, resort and home stay domains are responding accordingl­y.

“Figures for 2016 show for the third year in a row that Solomon Islands’ internatio­nal visitation increased; up 7.3 percent on 2015,” the Visitors Bureau explains. “Australian visitor arrivals led the way, accounting for 41.1 percent of overall internatio­nal visitation, with New Zealand and the USA coming in as our second and third most important source markets.

"One of our biggest opportunit­ies lies in the fact that the Solomon Islands holds a strong appeal for internatio­nal travellers looking for something different"

“But we also continue to see good growth from PNG, up 2.6 percent in 2016.”

The challenge now for the businesses flourishin­g as a result of this visitor increase is differenti­ation. The attention is slowly but surely turning away from saturation, to competitio­n. Sub-sectors such as lodges, motels and home stays are adding diversity for the different wealth statuses and preference­s of visitors; but each having to retain a strong sense of Solomon Islands identity and culture.

The Visitors Bureau continues: “One of our biggest opportunit­ies lies in the fact that the Solomon Islands holds a strong appeal for internatio­nal travellers looking for something different; a unique ‘living’ culture, WWII history, diving, fishing, surfing, trekking and yachting to cover just some of the niche tourism opportunit­ies we offer.”

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