Rising tourism in the Pacific

Pacific tourism is in the news again. The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) released this week its latest estimate of tourist arrivals. The number of tourists who flocked to Pacific island countries (PICs) last year is 1.7 million. The figure for the previous year is 1.5 million. Certainly, tourism to the Pacific is on the…

Foreign aid and growth

Last week’s visit to Fiji by Australia’s foreign minister, Ms. Bishop has raised hopes of return to normalcy in bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit has been fruitful in many ways: Fiji has been added to the list of Pacific island countries (PICs), which are eligible for Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Workers Program. This…

Tourism operators reconcile

Two tourism operators in Florida Island, Central Island province last Tuesday have settled their past differences through a reconciliation ceremony. The reconciliation took place during a weeklong tourism inspections and evaluation by officials from the Green Tourism SI Ltd. The reconciliation was held between directors of Pota Sauragi Eco Lodge, Pota Sagupari and Taupuipui Island…

Assessment of eco-tourism on Florida Islands completed

Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd has successfully completed its week-long evaluation and inspection of four (4) eco-tourism properties on Florida Island, Central Island province last week. The evaluation and inspection was conducted at four eco-tourism properties namely Roderick Bay Hideaway, Roderick Bay Beach Resort, Pota Saurangi Eco-Lodge, and Tapuipui Island Resort. The inspection started off…

Taiwan releases $22.5m

The Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan has formally released the first payment of the “2014 ROC funding support to the Solomon Islands government. This amount catered for the 50 MPs constituencies and the remaining 2013 ROC Funding support (covering 20 constituencies against their acquittal report). The funding support in the total amount SBD$22.5M was presented…

Call to ban card buying

 A call has been issued by the Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) on the Solomon Islands Government to make it illegal for anyone to buy or collect voter registration cards. Last week, TSI’s Advocacy Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) received a report that an intending candidate from a Honiara constituency is not only buying voters ID cards,…