BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
COUNTRY is expecting 600 tourists arriving on the Crystal Serenity cruise boat today.
Crystal Serenity will port at the country’s international wharf at 8am, later departing at 6pm to Gizo in the Western province.
Destination Solomons is the ground operator for the whole day in Honiara.
They will accompany tourists to the WWII sites, glance on the country’s cultural artefacts and histories, doing city tours and beach snorkeling.
According to Solomon Islands visitors Bureau (SIVB), this is Crystal Serenity’s first visit to Solomon Islands and thus will be a history for them.
SIVB Senior Marketing Officer, Mr Ellison Kyere said SIVB is calling on public to welcome tourists nicely and be friendly to them with a positive manner.
He said ‘if public meet them on the street, say hello and help then with informations when needed’.
Meanwhile, Kyere said people are now starting to see the importance and demand of cruise boats coming to Solomon Islands and slowly there’s a positive support from public.
In this year’s cruise ship schedule, Kyere highlights that two new cruise boat will visit new ports especially Tavanapupu in Marau Sound of the Guadalcanal province.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Andrew Nihopara also appeals for public cooperation while Honiara plays key role to host the 600 visitors.
Nihopara calls on general public to maintain respect and cooperation during Crystal Serenity’s arrival in Honiara today.
“I call on the general public of Honiara to continue to maintain respect and cooperation particularly during Crystal Serenity arrival in Honiara, since this will leave a lasting impression to the tourist and can lead to this cruise boat future visit,” he said.