Strong growth in tourism with a steady rise of tourist arrivals in 2015 has prompted the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) to stage two tourism workshops in Brisbane and Sydney in May.
In 2015, the Solomon Islands recorded an increase of 15.6 per cent with 21,623 tourist arrivals; 49 per cent of visitors were from Australia; and the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau are increasing their destination marketing efforts to seize the widespread opportunities that tourism can bring to the island nation.
The rise in tourist arrivals is a result of joint efforts by the government, SIVB, the national airline and local stakeholders.
The Solomon Islands delegation will include tourism officials, representatives from national carrier Solomon Airlines, Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions, and various tour and accommodation operators – Papatura Island Retreat and Maringe Lagoon Lodge from Santa Isabel, Ropiko Beach Resort and Uepi Island Resort from the Marovo Lagoon, Agnes Gateway Hotel in Munda, Tavanipupu Private Island Resort in Marau Sound, the Honiara Hotel, Tetepare Island.
The workshops will also provide participants with a glimpse of Solomon Islands culture, with performances from the Hagalu Pan Pipers of Santa Isabel, in the in Isabel Province.