SIVB targets a billion visitors

The Solomon Island visitors bureau (SIVB) is targeting to increase its visitors’ arrival into Solomon Island up to a billion within a year. This was revealed by the bureau’s chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto in Marau, East Guadalcanal over the weekend. Mr Tuamoto who spoke to more than fifty (50) tourism operators in Marau…

Slight growth for our economy

A slight pickup in economic growth is being forecasted for Solomon Islands this year (2014) from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 3.0 percent. Thats according to the Asian Development Bank (ABD) flagship economic report, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) which was released early this week. The report said growth is expected to pick up slightly,…

Communities get tourism awareness

The ministry of culture and tourism in partnership with the Live and Learn International non-government organisation have successfully carried out a tourism awareness last week in Isabel. Some of the communities which covered were Bolitei and Ghoveo and its surrounding communities in Baolo, Zuzuao, Toelegu, Sisiga and Sosoilo. The program was organised under the Live…

New beer brand out

SP Brewery launched a new beer brand in Lae last Friday. Stan Joyce, SP Brewery’s managing director, said the new brand Heineken, which was first produced in 1873 in Amsterdam, Germany, had been to 178 other countries and had a long and proud history. The beer had only four natural ingredients — water, malted barley,…

DMP amazed by Aussie popularity

ONE of the country’s biggest and most popular boy-bands, DMP are currently enjoying their moment of fame on a two-week tour of Australia. Speaking to this paper via social media network Facebook, band members shared their amazement in seeing so many of the group’s fans in Australia. The group currently has completed gigs in Cairns…

Energy officials meet in Nadi

SENIOR officials responsible for energy and transport in Pacific Island countries and territories gathered in Nadi, Fiji, Monday to participate in two days of meetings ahead of the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers’ Meeting, which started on Wednesday. The officials’ meeting, organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in…

Operators want support before Parl dissolves

Tourism operators on Marau, east Guadalcanal are calling on the current government to support them before their time is up. Harrison Waruhena a tourism operator in the area told the Solomon Star over the weekend that t NCRA is about to finish its term and its important that they support operators from Marau. “We the…