Minister for Culture and Tourism (MCT) has encouraged tourism operators on Bita’ama village in North Malaita to improve their sanitation and water supply before they can start accommodating visitors.
Bartholomew Parapolo highlighted this during his speech at Bita’ama on Tuesday.
Mr Parapolo was the first ever Tourism Minister to set foot on North Malaita since DCC government was formed early last year.
He told operators and Bita’ama community members who attended gathering that before any major tourism activities happen in Bita’ama like the proposed dolphin festival, water supply and sanitation must addressed.
“I want to tell you my tourism operators here that before you want to introduce dolphin festival here make sure sanitation and water supply must be considered than any other facilities.
“I’m encouraging you to start make proper water supply and sanitation before decided to host any tourism activities here. Visitors want proper and clean water supply and sanitation,” he said.
He pointed out if there is no proper water supply and sanitation visitors would not want to visit the community although there are historical sites or unique culture there.
By DENVER NEWTER