Visitors To Solomons Islands ‘Expecting More’

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

More effort to engage tourists interests needed

By Ronald Toito’ona

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 2, 2016) – Visitors that are touring the Solomon Islands, especially Honiara are expecting more during their visits here, a tourist who visited the capital over the weekend said.

He was one of the 2,000 plus tourists that stopped over for tours around Honiara and Guadalcanal on board the Sea Princess last Sunday.

The Australian lad said Honiara needs to put in more effort in the tourism industry by including creative and attractive packages to get tourists attention.

"Apart from the sales of carvings and other attractive souvenirs, we are expecting to experience more about Solomon Islands in the capital.

"The tours and the packages offered here is brilliant but your people can discover more. I believe there are hidden talents and agendas out there that are suitable to be showcased to us.

"For most of us, this is our first time here but we hope to see more development on the tourism industry in the future," he told the Solomon Star.

He added that, it is important to strengthen local attractions including natural environment, cultural and man-made attractions which ranges from art and crafts to town planning, infrastructures; roads, bridges, buildings, accommodation, health to name the few to meet tourist preferences and standards.

"One of the main issues in Honiara was the infrastructure. The roads and bridges throughout Honiara and Guadalcanal must be patched up properly so visitors can enjoy their tours here.

"Business providers must also be educated with basic tourism knowledge and skills to help build the industry in the Solomon Islands," he added.

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