MINISTER for Culture and Tourism was pleased with the marketing relationship between Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and the influential Ignite Travel Group (ITG) from Australia.
Bartholomew Parapolo said this in his speech during the island feast dinner hosted by the Ministry and SIVB to welcome the visiting group into the country.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was the chief guest.
Also present were, former Minister for Culture and Tourism and current Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Samuel Manetoali and other senior members of SIVB and Ministry including other invited guests.
Mr Parapolo said, he was very pleased and excited to host the small island feast to welcome the visiting group into Solomon Islands and also to see the partnership between the organisations.
“I’m very happy to see that SIVB and Ignite are working very closely with our tourism stakeholders to provide choices for people to come and visit Solomon Island,” Minister said.
He also thanked Mr Sogavare for being part of the event.
“I wish to thank Prime Minister for his presences here that shows DCC government has invested great political will to support tourism development in Solomon Islands.
“In fact, when I briefly inform PM about the package deals which Ignite will promote, PM was so excited and he wants the package to be promoted immediately. Let me also say that these two leaders have great passion for tourism and such partnership with ignite is highly supported by DCC government,” Mr Parapolo told the Ignite Travel Group in his speech on Saturday night.
Mr Parapolo hopes the group will have a wonderful stay in Solomon Islands.
“I’m also confident that you will work closely with SIVB team to further promote Solomon Islands through the package deals which you will undertake with stakeholders in the next few days.”
The group will return to Australia tomorrow.
By DENVER NEWTER