BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
INTEREST shown for return by recent visitors on board the cruise liner Crystal Serenity that recently visited Western Province has got Premier Maepioh applauding the province.
The behaviour shown and friendship created by locals to the recent visitors is a boost to the promoting of tourism in the province said the Premier of Western.
He said the main highlight during the visit day was the memorable farewell organised by locals for the visitors in which they showed gesture of why they had to leave so soon.
“I would like to thank all the visiting friends reaching Gizo for the first time on Crystal Serenity as we heard that they really enjoyed their stay,” said Maepioh.
“Reports saying that they would like to return sometime to visit is a positive response for the province in terms of tourism development.”
He elaborated that if any visitor in the future would like to visit the province then go see, feel and make the choice to love Western Province.
It is understood that the section road beginning from Gizo MSG Building to the BSP Building was closed during the day of visit.
This was to allow pedestrians and local carvers to showcase traditional talents along the main road.
Entertainments were done at the old Gizo Market site as a brief welcome greeted by local warriors was staged in front of the Gizo Hotel upon the landing of the first tender boat.
Other sites said to be visited also were Saeragi Village, Oravae Cottage and tourism resorts surrounding Gizo.
It is understood that Crystal Serenity’s visit to the country was also its first time in Solomon Islands.