BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has revealed the intention for the Bloody Ridge National Peace Park to be transformed into a tourist attraction site.
Prime Minister Hou said with this intention the government plans to develop the peace park in connection with other World War II battlefield attractions and activities to become the signature icon WWII tourism product of the Solomon Islands.
“I am glad that this site is significantly recognized by the world for the historical events that took place here 76 years ago.
“While the historical significance of Bloody Ridge will be maintained in our stories, the potential that this site has as one of the key draw cards for tourism development is immense.
“I understand that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has commenced discussions with development partners for the formulation of the Park’s development concept plan. I applaud the Ministry for their vison and insight in this endeavour,” he said.
Hou said he was also advised that a draft development plan has been developed and has already gone through the initial stages of consultations with all respective key stakeholders.
“With that I am confident that the National Peace Park project will be successful and we (government) are eagerly looking forward for it as its completion will pave the way for more cooperation with our development partners to contribute towards this national asset,” Hou said.