In what is seen as a major step forward for the
future promotion and development of Solomon Islands tourism, the
destination’s hotel and resort operators have, at the urging of
the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) board, moved to
establish a formal representative body.
The move follows several meetings with SIVB
chairman, Moses Tepai and CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto where they underlined the important role a strong and united hotel
association can play in helping to shape the country’s tourism future.
Mr Tuamoto drew reference to the position similar
organisations have taken in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu and the action
they have taken in helping to propel increased international
“A key component of our overall
blueprint for the future of Solomon Islands tourism is to see the
tourism sector become the prime source of our country’s foreign
exchange earnings within the next 10 years,” Mr Tuamoto said. “We felt it was high time for our local accommodation
providers to form an association that has the ability to form a
strong voice and can raise and tackle pertinent issues affecting
the accommodation sector.”
Needing no further prompting, the
accommodation sector has moved swiftly, appointing Heritage Park
Hotel Honiara general manager and SIVB board member, Sanjay Bhargava as interim chair.
Mr Bhargava’s pro tem committee
includes representatives from the King Solomon Hotel, the Solomon
Kitano Mendana Hotel and the Pacific Casino Hotel.
committee’s first job is to configure the new association’s
constitution and fundamental focus, membership policy and
structure and initiate a membership recruitment drive.
creation of an industry crisis management team and the
establishment of a master database comprising local, regional and
global information are also high on the agenda.
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