In a press release today, 16 April 2015, the SIVB revealed.
"Honiara, Solomon Islands –Representing a major boost for the country’s tourism fortunes, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to host a major Australian travel film crew on an 11-day shoot in the destination.
The visit by Channel Seven Australia’s ‘The Travel Bug’ is part of a major thrust aimed at showcasing the many and varied attractions the Solomon Islands offers to international travellers.
While in the Solomon Islands, the crew will visit Munda, Rendova, Gizo, Isabel, Savo, the Florida Islands and the Morovo Lagoon with Solomon Airlines providing both international and domestic air support.
They will also film around Honiara.
"Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves."
U Thant (1909-1974) Burmese educator, diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary-General, 1961-1971
A relatively recent, serious shooting incident in the Solomon Islands, at Mbike Island, was the first such occurrence in nearly ten years.
The police investigations are continuing but, according to local media sources at the time of the incident, an armed group of men stormed the Mbike island resort where several Members of Parliament from the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Group had camped prior to the election of a new Prime Minister and the formation of the now DCC Government.
“According to proprietary research conducted by the Attract China research team, it is predicted that in 2015, 140 million Chinese tourists will go abroad, spending more than $188 billion. The US tourism industry can expect to see as many as 2.85 million Chinese visitors in 2015, where they will spend more than $15 billion dollars. As the growth in Chinese tourism impacts the global hospitality and travel industry, it’s more important than ever for hotels, restaurants, retailers and destinations to understand the wants and needs of the independent Chinese traveller. - See more at: http://www.attractchina.com/blog/2015-“
Honiara 14 April 2015
“SOLOMON Islands is joining the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) at the China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM) this week.
“A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.” Jostein Gaader, Sophie’s World.
“Development is not only about raising people’s incomes or reducing poverty, but, rather, it involves a process of expanding freedoms equally for all people.”
Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen.
If viewed from the perspective of Amartya Sen, then gender equality is intrinsically valued and this has been highlighted in a pertinent article written by Ella Kauhue, President of the Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW)
"Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day." German Proverb.
The Prime Minister, the Hon. Manasseh Sogavare was reported to have met with a visiting Taiwanese Minister, Dr.Chih-Wei Chiu last Friday in Honiara.
The Prime Minister is said to have outlined the government's policy intentions to boost the economy, including the idea to create special economic zones in selected areas of the country carrying special incentives such as tax holidays and duty exemptions.
Dr. Chui apparently acknowledged the government's proposed policy intentions to stimulate economic growth and reportedly said the Taiwanese Government could help the DCC Government with its investor-seeking endeavour by encouraging Taiwanese investors to invest in the Solomon Islands and provide technical assistance.