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,…

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…

Fiji calls for stronger intra-regional trade

Trade Pasifika 2014 was officially opened in Fiji Tuesday night with a firm recommendation from host country Fiji for stronger intra-regional trade among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). This, it believes, will provide the best platform for exchange with international trade partners, given the many challenges that characterise business and entrepreneurship in individual countries…

Tourism Fiji on research trail

Tourism Fiji is seeking an internationally-experienced market research agency to conduct research into holiday visitor source markets. The research will focus on the key source markets for Fiji’s holiday visitors: Australia, New Zealand, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea and India. Ken Freer, Tourism Fiji’s director of global marketing said: “We…