25 Oct 2010

Potential for Solomon Islands tourism to exceed benefits of logging

9:36 am on 25 October 2010

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the Solomon Islands says it believes it has the potential to exceed the benefits of the main economic driver, the logging sector, which is declining.

The Director of Tourism, Barney Sivoro says the tourism sector is growing at a gradual rate.

Solomon Airlines is adding two weekly flights, between Honiara and Western Province and Honiara and Brisbane due to increased demand.

Mr Sivoro says the government is putting more emphasis on tourism as it believes the logging industry will come to an end in five years time.

"There is a lot of talk from the government. They're also putting more priority within the ministry, giving more assitance in terms of grants to assist most of our local operators, building a tourism and hospitality school."

Barney Sivoro says the government is looking at improving its product base, increasing its offerings and creating more demand from visitors.