Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk Charles Kelly says the Council is always prepared for the arrival of tourist boats into the capital.
Clerk Charles Kelly was responding to a statement by the Head of the Solomon Islands Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Advocacy Association (SIIPHRAA) that the dirty streets of Honiara will never promote Solomon Islands as a tourist destination.
SIIPHRAA’s Chief Executive officer, Moses Ramo said Honiara is expecting a number of large cruise ships to arrive this year, but the dirty streets are not a sight that will encourage tourists to return.
But Mr Kelly told SIBC News the Council is always notified before the arrival of these cruise ships, so they are always prepared.
“Normally, the Visitors Bureau always notified us whenever a boat arrives and at times pinpoint areas we need to improve on and normally they would do that by calling us or by way of corresponding. Upon receiving their notice I would normally notify the waste management team that would in turn address the area of improvement by cleaning and putting up bins, but the Council’s senior management team are part and parcel of the Visitor’s Bureau in preparation and planning.”