The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis has worked with Solomon Islands’ tourism operators in Guadalcanal, Western and Central to develop new tourism trails.
Strongim Bisnis facilitated workshops with tourism operators to identify locations of key tourist sites, such as natural attractions, WWII sites, and walks, and then combined these with accommodation options to create tourism trails. Strongim Bisnis presented the workshop findings to tourism operators, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Tourism Solomons in late August 2019.
Australian High Commission Second Secretary Economic, Cass Grant, said “As close partners of the Solomon Islands Government, the Australian Government is committed to helping the tourism sector grow. The aim of developing these tourism trails is to attract more tourists and create more jobs.”
Developing tourism trails will help tourism operators better understand where, how and in what order tourists visit parts of the Solomon Islands. Understanding this allows operators and stakeholders to develop products and services that may be more attractive to tourists and improve income opportunities. Guadalcanal Provincial Tourism Minister, Jerry Sabino said “I want to thank Strongim Bisnis for its support. I’m confident it will support people to maintain tourism and grow it more. To all the operators, please work hard, you have things on the ground now.”
Strongim Bisnis will formally launch the Solomon Islands Tourism Trails report around World Tourism Day, which will be held on 27 September 2019.