The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has yesterday donated a $60,000 cheque to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) to facilitate the National Tourism Forum later this month.
The financial support is part of SIPA’s initiative to support tourism development in Solomon Islands.
Handing over the cheque to SIVB in Honiara yesterday, SIPA Interim Chief Executive Officer Jane Waetara said SIPA has decided to take a proactive role to enable tourism development in the country.
“SIPA has decided to take a bit more proactive role in supporting tourism development, not necessarily to take over the responsibilities of the Ministry and the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau but to be more an enabler in terms of tourism development for Solomon Islands.”
She added, SIPA is planing to build major infrastructure development at the Point Cruz wharf in terms of Cruise development to boost tourism in the country.
Meanwhile, Director of Tourism Barney Sivoro thanked SIPA for the financial support to facilitate the National Tourism Forum.
He says the support will enable them to bring all stakeholders around the country to help find ways to improve and grow the tourism industry in Solomon Islands.
“We are planning and we are hopping that this forum will be very important as we try to bring all our key stakeholders in this country to help us find ways to improve and grow the tourism industry in this country.”
Mr Sivoro added, the current partnership will pave ways to grow tourism in the country.
The National Tourism Forum starts in Honiara next Friday.