The Solomon Islands has reported a 14.9%
increase in international visitor arrivals for May 2015.
released this week by the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) show
arrivals for May 2015 reached 1681, an increase of 14.9% over the
1462 total achieved for the same month in 2014.
SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the May
increase was a major “thumbs up” for the combined effort the NTO,
national airline and local tourism industry have gone to in the
last two years to push the Solomon Islands well into the
international travel spotlight.
The May figures
follow what he described as an amazing result in April when 1750
international visitors were recorded for the month, a 15.5% increase over the 1514 tally recorded for April last year.
Australian arrivals continuing to dominate the
statistics, contributing close on 47% of all visitation
followed by Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the US and New Zealand.
The SIVB CEO said the strong April and May results
could be directly attributed to a strong marketing effort initiated
in the last quarter of 2014 and across the first three months of
This, he said, had been followed up in May
and June with road shows in both Australia and New Zealand in
combination with Solomon Airlines and local industry
“2014 proved a tough year for the
Solomon Islands – the Honiara floods in April followed by the
prolonged Fiji-Solomon Islands air impasse had a major effect on
our visitation,” Mr Tuamoto said. “But it also gave
us the opportunity to consolidate our position, look at where we
wanted to go and start building the platform we needed to build in
order to begin boosting the country’s tourism fortunes. We hope to emulate the April/May performance in coming
months, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, on the back of
the road shows and supportive promotional activity. The reality is we need to keep our feet firmly planted on the
ground - key to everything is looking at the ways the Solomon
Islands combined tourism industry, with continued government
support, can continue to improve and build upon these solid
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