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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 19) - The Marketing Manager of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau says eco-tourist projects on Savo Island in the Solomon Islands Central province has good potential to attract tourists if facilities are available.

Andrew Nihopara made the comment while visiting three tourism projects on Savo – the Kuila Village Stay on North Savo, Longaka Resort and Reko Day Tour on South Savo.

Nihopara’s comment compliments an earlier statement by Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza, who represents Savo, about how the island can be turned into a tourist destination because it has the beaches, the volcanic hot pools and the sea for snorkeling and surfing.

[Savo and nearby Gela Islanld have no airfields but are near Honiara, the Solomons capitol – about an hour’s ride by speedboat.]

Meanwhile, the operator of the six-room Kuila Village Stay, James Kakava, said his guest have been offering home meals and village hospitality.

He said Kuila village girls and boys have started entertaining guests with custom dances under a banyan tree believed to be more than 100 years old.

With the Longaka Resort, developers have almost finished building a permanent guesthouse and the office/reception block.

And an update on the Reko Day Tour project, the toilet and shower facilities have been installed and the beaches have been cleared

The developer said BBQ stalls will soon be put up and once the facilities are completed, the Day Tour will be promoted through the Visitors Bureau and the media.

April 20, 2005

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