New tourism trails launched

Counsellor Andrew Schloeffel of Australia and Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Andrew Nihopara

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) and the Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis launched new Solomon Islands tourism trails—itineraries which connect tourist sites together—on 24 September 2019.

The trails identify key tourist sites such as natural attractions, WWII sites and walks. The sites are connected in a trail, then combined with accommodation options to increase tourist visits to, and between, sites. Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Andrew Nihopara, launched the report on the tourism trails with Australian High Commission Counsellor Economics, Andrew Schloeffel.

PS Nihopara said “My ministry will continue to progress our initiatives on tourism. The trails highlight tourism product development critical for the growth of the sector as part of the tourism growth strategy and policy.”

The tourism trails were identified in Western, Central and Guadalcanal Provinces. The trails were developed during Strongim Bisnis workshops with tourism operators. Tourism Solomons supported this process.

Counsellor Andrew Schloeffel said “We are proud to support the Solomon Islands Government to develop new tourism trails.”

Strongim Bisnis launched the trails to support World Tourism Day, which will be held on 27 September 2019.

Strongim Bisnis is an Australian Government funded program that supports growth in the tourism, cocoa and coconut sectors with a strong focus on supporting women.

by Charlie Salini

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