BSP undergoes system upgrade

BANK South Pacific (BSP) is currently undergoing an upgrade of its systems as a result of the acquisition of the Westpac operations in Solomon Islands on October 30th 2015. A statement from the bank yesterday said; “This will enable BSP to provide higher more robust service levels going forward as well as allow the introduction…

Is SIPA undercutting Solomon businesses?

            There are increasing reports that the Solomon Islands Port Authority is setting up new businesses. Some of this information comes from SIPA itself. The CEO of SIPA has stated that SIPA intends to run businesses on ‘land, sea and air’. Mr Yeo has stated that SIPA will use busses to take tourists from incoming…

Bmobile-Vodafone praised

THE Malaita provincial government has thanked Bmobile-Vodafone for connecting Malaita through communication in spite of roads and shipping services. This was highlighted by the Deputy Premier of the Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPA) Alick Maeaba during the launching of Bmobile- Vodafone’s new high capacity network at Rarasu leaf hut in Auki last Friday. Mr Maeaba also…

Visitors arrival up in June

International visitor numbers to the Solomon Islands have increased for the third month in a row. Figures released by the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) show a total of 2131 international travelers visited the destination across the month of June. The figure represents a 9.3 per cent increase over the 1949 total achieved for the…

POB launches new deposit scheme

PAN Oceanic Bank (POB) yesterday launched one of its new banking initiatives called the PAOA Deposit Gift scheme. It is a scheme created purposely for those that deposited a minimum of SBD$25, 000 or more. In his address as part of launching the scheme, POB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala said, POB acknowledges that…

Bmobile-Vodafone upgrades service in Malaita

BMOBILE-VODAFONE last week has upgraded its network in Malaita province with the launch of its high capacity network in the province. Malaita province’s Deputy Premier Alick Maeaba and Bmobile-Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Niall Downey were the ones cutting the ribbon during the launching. A statement from the company said: “This is a significant step…

Dolphin attraction booms

PEOPLE interested in watching dolphins play and swim in style will now be able to do so, thanks to Alistair Morris who initiated the establishment of Dolphin View Beach, a dolphin  off shore water way along a reef line, just  a short drive west of the capital Honiara. Mr Morris said, the site is becoming…

Solomons named ‘Hottest travel destination for 2016’

IT’S official. The Solomon Islands has been named the number one ‘Hottest travel destination for 2016’ in Australia. The ‘Hapi Islands’ beat off 20 other destinations to take the premier spot in the high profile News Limited ‘Escape’ travel section published this week. Distributed nationally, ‘Escape’ is read by literally millions of Australians every weekend.…