SOLOMONS ALLOCATE $600,000 FOR TOURISM PROMOTION

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Plans include reviving existing tourist sites

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 2, 2010) - Government has allocated SB$5 million [US$602,000] on the recurrent budget aiming towards boosting tourism industry in the country.

In a statement the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Luke Eta said that under the recurrent budget government has allocated SB$5 million grants to revive tourism industry in the country.

As one of the potential sectors in the economy, Mr. Eta said Government has pledged investment just to revive the existing tourism sites as well as encouraging people to establish other new tourism sites in the provinces.

He said the grant would be allocated as projects that those interested would apply to get it.

Eta said before an application is considered they will have to screen all applications.

Meanwhile, he said the project was purposely to enlarge the tourism base by encouraging home stay tourism activities, echo tourism as well as boosting commercial tourism activities in the country.

"The fund was not only for the establishment of the tourism activities but also for other cultural activities," Eta said.

He added the funding will provide rural people the opportunity to preserve their cultural values, art and craft and other essential and attractive arts for tourist attractions.

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