Operators learn difference about SIVB, ministry - Solomon Star News

Operators learn difference about SIVB, ministry

31 March 2014

LOCAL tourism operators in Marau, east Guadalcanal on Saturday learn about the different functions Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and ministry of culture and tourism and the role they played in the tourism industry in Solomon Islands.

SIVB board of director Andrew Nihopara explained the difference of these two organisations after operators asked about it.

Mr Nihopara who spoke on behalf of SIVB chairman Moses Tepai said SIVB has different roles from the ministry.

“You must understand SIVB is the marketing arm of government and ministry’s role is to provide finance and training.

“Therefore you must understand the roles these two organizations have played to ensure that you are on the right road,” Mr Nihopara said.

He said most people have been confused about SIVB and the ministry.

“SIVB comes under the ministry of tourism but plays a different role which marketing and ministry is provides finance and trainings.”

He told operators that if they want funding they can go to the ministry or visit their member of parliament.

Many operators who attended the meeting thanked SIVB for explaining the difference.

“For many years we are living in the darkness and now we understand the roles and functions of these two organizations.”

Following the meeting they urged the ministry to visit them and explain how the tourism funds have been distributed to operators.

Meanwhile SIVB will be doing a monthly tourism page promotion in the Solomon Star soon.

Any operators who wants to promote his or her tourism business can contact SIVB marketing manager Freda Unusi for more information.