The Heritage Park is one of the Solomon Islands’ leading hotels – but more rooms are needed in the destination The Heritage Park is one of the Solomon Islands’ leading hotels – but more rooms are needed in the destination

Solomons’ opportunities, challenges

The Solomon Islands’ second Me Save Solo is being held in Honiara today, with an increased international buyer attendance on last year’s event and participation of other small island states as sellers.

 

It comes at a time when the Solomon Islands Government has announced an aim of working with the tourism industry to attract 60,000 visitors annually by 2025. With international visitation to the Solomon Islands growing on average 9% annually, the destination is hopeful of achieving the 30,000 mark by the end of 2019. Tourism Solomon Islands CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has reiterated in an earlier statement that if the Solomon Islands is to achieve the 60,000-visitor mark by 2025, the country badly needs to address the current accommodation situation. ‘If this goal is to become a reality we need to be able to provide international wholesalers with access to a minimum of 700 new quality rooms – without this development the Solomon Islands will struggle to reach its objectives,’ Tuamoto says. As well as showcasing existing and developing tourism product in the Solomon islands, Me Save Solo 2019 will for the first time also involve neighbouring islands including the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Nauru. • Full reports and news from Me Save Solo in next week’s TRAVELinc Memos

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