Solomon Islands hoteliers to form association

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Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO Josefa Tuamoto
Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO Josefa Tuamoto

Hotel and resort operators in the Solomon Islands are planning to form a new industry association.

Following a meeting with the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB), several hoteliers on the island have already formed a committee to drive the project.

“We felt it was high time for our local accommodation providers to form an association that has the ability to form a strong voice and can raise and tackle pertinent issues affecting the accommodation sector,” said SIVB’s CEO, Jo Tuamoto.

“This voice in sync with both the national tourist office and Solomon Airlines will enable us all to drive what is shaping up to be a very powerful industry lobby and one which can take key agendas directly to the government and other stakeholders.

“More to the point this initiative will play a major part in helping us to achieve our common objectives,” he added.

The GM of the Heritage Park Hotel Honiara, Sanjay Bhargava, has been named as interim chair of the new association, while committee members include representatives from the King Solomon Hotel, Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel and Pacific Casino Hotel.

The committee will now work to develop the association’s constitution and focus, membership policy and structure and initiate a recruitment drive.

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