New centre boosts tourism

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BY SAMIE WAIKORI

THE country’s tourism industry is set to benefit much from its new craft market centre.

Marketing Manager of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB), Mrs Freda Unusi told Island Sun yesterday the new facility brings efficiency when handling tourists.

“Basically, the new Craft Market Centres will be a one-stop centre for tourists to buy souvenirs when visiting the country. Another importance of having the craft market centre is that tourists will go only to the centre to get what they want.

“Not like currently when tourists come they have to go from one location to another to get the kind of artefact they want.”

She also highlighted the centre’s importance to local artists, especially carvers, designers and weavers, saying it is a ‘dream come true’ for them as they will now have a standard facility to do their marketing.

The craft market centre is co-funded by EIF-NIU, ROC (Taiwan) and Solomon Islands Government in support of the cultural industries and tourism development in the country.

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