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Friday, February 08, 2008

TARD member urge government to improve infrastructure to facilitate tourism industry

A Solomon Islander and a TARD member Joyce Maetoloa urges the government and relevant authorities to improve the tourism infrastructure in the country.

Mrs Maetoloa who is involved in the tourism industry says it is encouraging to know that the government has plans to improve the industry.

However, she says the country must be prepared to absorb any boom in the industry.

Mrs Maetoloa says one of the things that must be put in place is infrastructure which include, air, land and sea transport.

She says Solomon Islands also needs to improve its environment to be attractive to tourists.

"Our environment needs a lot of work, we need to do a lot to improve our environment in terms of littering and pollution with rubbish laying around. Building structure and planning of the place must also be improve to make it more attractive."

Mrs Maetoloa says she has started the "Solomon Host" to try and address some of the things to improve the tourism industry in the country.

"We started the organisation for three reasons. Firstly to provide basic skills tourism and hospitality services, secondly to help those who want to go into tourism business in terms of consultation and thirdly, we want to help in promoting and marketing of tourism."

Mrs Maetoloa is a TARD member who graduates with Bachelor of Arts at The University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2006.

Source: SIBC

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