28 Dec 2004

Solomons Visitor Bureau gets more funding to promote country overseas

1:55 pm on 28 December 2004

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau's overseas marketing and promotion will be boosted next year with an increased budget.

The chairman of the Bureau, Clement Kengava, says its marketing and promotions budget next year stands at 176,000 US dollars.

He says the increase in funding means the bureau can strengthen its information office, increase promotional support for its overseas wholesalers and tourist operators, and meet foreign exchange losses expected in 2005.

Mr Kengava says much of the additional money has already been earmarked for the Bureau's participation in selected overseas travel and trade shows and TV advertising in the new year.

The Bureau also plans to establish an information centre in a central location in Honiara next year.

It is hoped that the Centre will provide a one stop shop for all travel and tourist information and will be manned by professionally trained staff of the Bureau.

The Centre will be equipped with communication facilities for both visitors and tourist operators.