Foreigners residing and working in various organisation and companies in Solomon Islands have been reminded to help Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) relay positive things about Solomon Islands abroad instead of something negative.
Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) marketing manager, Freda Unusi, highlighted this during the 2014 Our Telekom national tourism forum (NTF) held at the Heritage Park Hotel last week.
Ms Unusi said that social media is very powerful and very fast in relaying messages from person to person.
“Today social media is massively growing fast in spreading message around the world.”
She believes these negative news through the social media may have led to the low arrival of visitors over the past months into the country.
“This year we recorded lessening number of tourist arrival in the country because of a lot of negative news being relayed to the outside world through the social media and by mouth.
“Therefore SIVB would like to remind all foreigners working in the country to help SIVB promote this country with positive things rather than relaying all negative things which could lead to the decline of tourists arrival into the country,” she said.
“Please be mindful when posting some negative things about Solomon Islands through social media.
“I’m not disallowing anyone to relay negative things about this country abroad but make it in a way that would not label this country as ‘no go zone.’
“Therefore I urged all foreigners and locals to help market this country abroad with all good positive stories,”she said.
By DENVER NEWTER