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Mon, 30 May 2016

Securing Pacific Games 2023 is Biggest Ever Windfall for Tourism in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa Jo Tuamoto has congratulated Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his governments achievement in successfully securing the Solomon Islands bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

Describing the win as the biggest ever windfall for the destinations tourism aspirations, Mr Tuamoto said the potential the Pacific Games offered from the perspective of new infrastructure, roads, sporting facilities and particularly tourism investment was massive.

We are hopeful this major event will act as a catalyst beyond the sporting and business opportunity especially for new hotel development and related tourism infrastructure projects in and around Honiara, Mr Tuamoto said.

This, he said, included international hotel brands, none of which currently have a presence in the destination.

We look at the construction of extra room inventory from a two-fold perspective, Mr Tuamoto said. Given these new properties will be up and running long before the games actually take place, in the process providing much needed inventory for our capital city, we also see these extra rooms as a catalyst for the development of our fledgling MICE industry. The SIVB has long identified the MICE industry as playing a major role in our tourism becoming the countrys key source of foreign exchange earnings.

Mr Tuamoto said the Pacific Games would now play a major role in the national tourism offices international marketing of the destination leading up to, during and post the event.

While we are still all glowing from this fantastic achievement, the time to act and start work on how we are going to achieve maximum return from this key event is now, he said. We have just over six years to get it all together and it is amazing how quickly the time will fly.

See what hotels there are in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Pacific Games

The Pacific Games began in 1963 and was previously known as the South Pacific Games. Taking place every four years the first Pacific Games was held in Suva, Fiji. Last year, in 2015, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea was the host city. The Pacific Games is a multi-sport event, much like the Olympics or Commonwealth Games though on a much smaller scale as participation is made up of athletes from countries in the South Pacific. The 2019 Pacific Games will take place in Tonga.

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