In a boost to Solomon Islands tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Strongim Bisnis have formed a partnership to roll out the Minimum Standards program across key tourism sectors to attract more international tourists, wholesalers and investors to Solomon Islands.
International quality standards are vital for successful tourism development, and this partnership will support the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Tourism Solomons and provincial tourism officers and assessors to do this important work.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism developed minimum standards for Solomon Islands’ tourist accommodation with the support of Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in August 2018. These minimum standards define accommodation categories. As part of the program, local staff will be trained as assessors.
Cass Grant, from the Australian High Commission said that the partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism would boost the Solomon Islands’ national tourism development strategy. “This partnership benefits the economy by strengthening accommodation standards in the tourism sector ”.
Strongim Bisnis signed the partnership in a ceremony including Permanent Secretary of Culture and Tourism, Andrew Nihopara, Cass Grant and Andrew Schloeffel from the Australian High Commission Solomon Islands, and James McGoon and Anthea Unusi from Strongim Bisnis.