SOLOMONS TARGET 20,000 TOURISTS BY 2010

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Oct. 3) – Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has set its target to get in more than 20-thousand tourists by 2010.

General Manager of the Bureau Michael Tokuru says the Bureau had worked out its plans to promote Solomon Islands as a holiday destination.

He says this will include promotions in Australia, where the bulk of tourists come as well as within the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Tokuru says they will host various road shows in Australia and other countries.

He says currently the Bureau is promoting Solomon Islands on BBC Television through the Asia Pacific channel.

Mr. Tokuru says the Bureau will do more promotion through their website which is being managed and updated by the South Pacific Tourism Organization.

He says the Bureau can achieve the 20-thousand tourist arrivals based on the statistics received over the past years.

Mr. Tokuru says if Solomon Islands can get 20-thousand visitors by 2010, the country would have benefited with SBD200-million dollars [US$28.7 million] revenue from the visitors.

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