Following on from a strong May 2018 result which
saw an 8.21% upswing in international visitation, the
Solomon Islands has rounded off Q2 in style with June 2018 visitor
arrivals growing by 8.0% over the same period last year.
Figures released by the Solomon Islands National
Statistics Office (SINSO) show May-June figures taking the Solomon
Islands visitor intake for the January-June period to 13,317, a
17% increase over the 11,306 figure recorded in 2017.
Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said if this
trend continued for the remaining six months of the year, and
forward bookings to the destination already indicate they will,
the destination is well on track to surpassing the record-breaking
25,709 arrivals achieved in 2017.
visitation for the six-month period climbed to 4,664 representing
35% of the total and buoyed by a 2.48% increase
across June for the month.
The biggest increases
across June again came from Papua New Guinea (up 40.5%),
New Zealand (17.8%) and the US (up 16.1%).
CEO Tuamoto said the strong Q2 result was indicative of
some very hard work by his team in the latter stages of 2017.
“From a promotional perspective we have been
relatively quiet in the first half of 2018,” he said. “But we are confident the inroads we continue to make in our
key markets in combination with profile achieved as a result of
our new ‘Solomon Is.’ rebranding and related new strategic
direction will have a marked effect on our visitation across Q3