Minimum accommodation standard set for SI

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By Ezekiel Talatau

MINISTRY of tourism and culture, moves to sets a minimum standard accommodation for tourism sectors industry in Solomon Islands.

The move of this minimum standard accommodation is a major step in the direction of tourism and it is a time for Solomon Islands to go into the international tourism stage and marketing, said Solomon Islands tourism industry CEO Mr Osefa “Jo” Tuamoto.

The minimum accommodation will be classified into 8 categories to meet the international standard.

To date, about 160 accommodation are been operated here in Solomon Islands and only 10 percent can be currently sold through international wholesale, offering Solomon island travel package.

The ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) Director Bunyan Sivoro, said that, the increase tourism is a national interest and it is a main benefactors that would eventually be the tourism operator themselves.

He added that the newly introduce accommodation scheme will significant upsurge tourism industry as a new chapter.

Minister of MCT, Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo during the launching at Honiara Heritage Park Hotel has said that, the implementing of such projects is essential in tourism sectors and I believe that, this project will set an international standard towards the tourism accommodation sectors

MCT director also highlights the influence of Australia foreign affairs and Trade DFAT enhance integrated network for their provision towards the project through financial support.

MCT also acknowledge the Australian volunteers through (DFAT) to take part in promoting and providing technical input to finalize the documents.

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