Tourism Solomons has extended an open invitation to
its regional neighbours to join in the 2019 ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism
exchange as exhibitors.
Delegates from Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia,
Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Nauru have all expressed an interest in
the event taking place in Honiara on 5 July 2019.
Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto
said that many of
the smaller South Pacific nations do not have the
resources to stage their own tourism exchanges, so it makes sense
to work together.
“The opportunity to join in and exhibit at
one of the larger
South Pacific nations’ tourism exchanges dried up several years
ago,” Mr Tuamoto said. “Since then, many of our
smaller neighbours have missed out completely. As
one of the smaller South Pacific nations we know exactly what it
feels like – it was a similar situation in the Solomon Islands
until last year when with government and industry support, both
domestic and international, we were able to stage our first ever
full-scale tourism exchange. So, in order to help
give them the start we have been fortunate to achieve we have, in
the truest spirit of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian
brotherhood, welcomed our neighbours to join with us and share the
benefits with open arms.”
‘Me Save Solo’ 2018
attracted more than 50 international buyers from Australia, Japan,
Taiwan and the US.
Tourism Solomons anticipates
even stronger numbers in 2019 with buyers joining the event from
further afield including the UK, continental Europe and other
parts of Asia.
‘Me Save Solo’ 2019 will take place at the
Institute of Tourism in the Solomon Islands National University