More than 30 buyers from Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the US attended the Mi Save Solo Solomon Islands tourism exchange yesterday at Honiara’s Coral Sea Resort & Casino.
They met with 30 local tour operators, dive companies and resort managers representing product from across the Solomon Islands. Following on from the tourism exchange, most of the international delegates have stayed on to participate in a series of ‘beyond Honiara’ tours visiting Gizo and Munda in the Western Province, Marau Sound and Malaita. Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto says the post tours were to show the Solomon Islands is a ‘series of destinations within the one destination offering a plethora of unique and niche travel experiences.’
Tuamoto said while similar buyer/seller events had taken place in previous years, the response from the international delegates to Mi Save Solo underlined the interest the destination is attracting in overseas markets. ‘It’s the same on a local basis,’he says, with nearly 60 sellers attending this year, a big increase on 2017. Delegates also had an opportunity to attend the Melanesian Jo Tuamoto Festival of Arts & Culture while in Honiara and the celebrations surrounding the Solomon Islands 40th anniversary of independence.