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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 20) - Airline linkage between Solomon Islands and Europe remains a major obstacle to tourism in Solomon islands.

This is according to a Tourism Expert Robert Cleverdon who recently visited Solomon islands promoting the 2005 Tourism partnership meeting to be held in Nadi, Fiji, next year.

He said the non-existence of direct air links between these two countries is making it hard for European tourists reaching Solomon Islands.

Mr Cleverdon said this problem must be addressed if Solomon islands is to see an increase in the number of tourists from Europe visiting Solomon islands.

Solomon islands is receiving the bulk of its tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Solomon Airlines has been sharing seats with Air Vanuatu and Nauru because it doesn't have any aircraft of its own and is comfortable with the system as it is very expensive to manage bigger aircraft.

May 21, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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