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1 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN SOLOMON ISLANDS Challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism development By Bunyan Sivoro Director of Tourism Ministry of Culture & Tourism

2  Introduction  Profile of Solomon Islands  Tourism sector performance  Challenges  Opportunities  Conclusion Outline

3 Location Location map

4  Third largest archipelago in the South Pacific  Consist of 992 Islands of which, 6 are the major ones  Divided into 9 provinces Politically  Independent – Parliamentary Democratic Government.  Prime Minister – Head of Government and Queen as head of State represented by the Governor General Profile of SI

5 Population  About 600 thousand people  Melanesian, Polynesian & Micronesian Major economic sectors  Forestry/logging, Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining  Contribute more than 80% of total GDP  Tourism is next economic alternative sector  It provides the greatest opportunity for sustainable development unlike these extractive industries and the government has realised this fact. Profile of SI

6 Tourism sector performance

7 Tourist arrivals in the Pacific

8  The Solomon Islands is served by five airlines:  Solomon Airlines (the national airline) serves the following international destinations: o Brisbane (Australia) four times a week; o Nadi (Fiji) four times a week; o Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) once a week; o Port Vila (Vanuatu) once a week.  Virgin Australia flies twice weekly from Brisbane.  Fiji Airways serves Nadi and Port Vila via Honiara once weekly.  Air Niugini operates three weekly flights from Port Moresby. Getting to the Solomon Islands/Air accessibility

9  Estimate to have generated 501 million SBD in 2013  Around 5.3% of total GDP  Around 4.5 % total employment Economic significance of tourism

10  Australia  New Zealand  USA  Europe Major source market

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12  Tourism Vs Extractive industries (eg. Logging and mining)  Lake Tengano World Heritage site under threat of being deregistered due to logging activities.  Mining prospecting on the Guadalcanal Trek – which is believed to have rich bio-diversity including some endemic flora and fauna species with more yet to be discovered.  Exacerbated by the fact that more than 80% of the land in SI is customary owned. Land/resource owners are lured by the short term benefits (quick $$$) provided by the logging & mining companies. Key Challenges

13  A high untapped potential for growth. Not fully exploiting the potential provided by its natural, cultural and historical assets and attractions.  Our key sustainable point of difference lies in the country’s island geography, pristine environment and diverse traditional culture including the friendly people.  Increased support and recognition from the national government.  Learning from others experience  10 YFP Sustainable Tourism Program Opportunities

14  Involvement of local people in the entire development process vital for achieving sustainable tourism development as they are the owners of most of the tourism resources. Thank you !!! Conclusion


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