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SI Visitors Bureau visits PNG

Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto (Centre left) with High Commissioner Of the Solomon Islands, Barnabas Anga, and Marketing Officer Fiona Teana (right) with the Port Moresby Media Personnel at the Airways Business Centre after the Media Conference.

A Solomon Islands tourism mission visited Port Moresby in March to explore ways forward with the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, on how best both countries can benefit from combined resources ,through increased international visitation.

The mission was led by the Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto.

The delegation held meetings with officials from TPA and also with the Chief Executive Officer of Air Nuigini Simon Foo, with discussions focusing beyond numbers of tourists visits, to the potential of joint investment in tourism projects, that are offered in both destinations.

“As Melanesian neighbours we share many similaries and from the perspective of building our international toursim numbers, we both have the same aspirations

“ It makes sense for both countries to come together in the tourism sector to look at ways in which it can mutually benefit each other through shared resources. ,” Mr Tuamoto said.

Mr Tuamoto said visitors from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands were the second largest to those from Australia.

“The recently signed accord between Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines offers huge benefit to the region.

“We also see huge opportunity from working closely with Air Niugini via its Asian gateway, which has the potential to act as a major conduit for international visitation for both countries and the Melanesian region in general,” Mr Tuamoto further stated.

He also said that Tourism was fast emerging as a major driver for the Solomon Islands gross domestic product (GDP) and his government had embarked on a process to seize on the opportunity that tourism presented.

Mr Tuamoto acknoledges the support of the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Barnabas Anga and for facilitating meetings on behalf of the the Solomon Islands Visitors Burea team (SIVB) during their brief visit to the country.


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