By Mike Puia
SOLOMON Host, a local business which offers tourism training and consultancy services for government agencies and businesses, is rolling out a tourism and customer service training program in the Western province.
The training programme is sponsored by Strongim Bisnis, an Australian government-supported programme that works with the private sector to increase the country’s economic prosperity.
The training programme, which will run for two weeks, started in Munda on Monday.
Solomon Host has been conducting this tourism and customer service training in Gizo yesterday. It will conclude its training programme in Seghe next week.
Solomon Host owner, Ms Joyce Konofilia, said the training programme they are delivering is important as it will prepare the people in the province for the expected influx of tourist as a result of the opening of the Munda airport to international flights.
The Munda airport, which has been developed with millions of New Zealand aid, is being developed as an emergency alternate to Honiara international airport.
Work has been ongoing in this airport with installation of navigational aid and ground lighting etc.
Solomon Airlines has been keen to start flying Brisbane to Munda direct flights.
Konofilia said they are very happy to be part of this important undertaking in getting people to prepare before the province open to the international stage.
She thanked the Australian government for supporting the local tourism industry to improve its service delivery at an international standard.