International visitor arrivals to the Solomon
Islands in September 2017 are
“off the Richter Scale” according to CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto with the destination recording
close to a 70% year-on-year increase.
Figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office
(SINSO) show a total of 2,397 international traveller visited the
destination in September, a 67.8% increase on the 1,428
recorded for the same month in 2016.
A delighted CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto, said the figure represents the biggest-ever monthly intake
the Solomon Islands has enjoyed since SINSO first started
recording international arrival figures in 1990.
“This truly represents a watershed moment for the Solomon Islands
and keeps us bang on target for a very strong finish to 2017,” Mr
Figures for the nine-month period
show the destination has now attracted a total 18,507
international visitors, a 10.48% over the 16,831 figure
achieved for January-September 2016 with each of the Solomon
Islands’ main source markets recording solid year-on-year growth.
Australian visitation again dominated with the 7,317 total
recorded for September representing a 7.41% increase on
the 6,812 recorded last year and accounting for 37.2% of
New Zealand arrivals, buoyed by the
All Whites FIFA World Cup clash with the Solomon Islands at
Honiara’s Lawson Tama Stadium, saw Kiwi September numbers jump
from 1,136 to reach 1,286, an increase of 13.2%.
US numbers improved too, increasing 9.11% from 1,152 to
Papua New Guinea and Fiji visitation numbers increased by 8.67 and 6.7% respectively.
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