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Monday, September 14, 2009

Latest Tourism news brief from the Solomon Islands

Trade Facilitation Workshop to start today

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is hosting a one-week Trade Facilitation workshop for all stakeholders starting today in Honiara. Business organisations and relevant government department particularly the Customs have been invited to participate. This workshop will involve discussions on customers procedures and other obligations regarding imports and exports,tariffs, taxes for businesses and how these could be made more effective.

Tourism Mini Show to be staged in Tulagi on October 1 2009

The Tourism Office in Tulagi, Central Province will be organising a mini Tourism and Trade show on October 1 2009. This festival is planned to showcase the Central Province's handicrafts, dances, food and other items of interest for residents of Tulagi and the province. Plans are underway to get interested people from Honiara to travel to Tulagi for the day.

Applications for Shanghai closed

Applications for the positions in Shanghai 2010 have closed over the weekend. According to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, a total of 34 applications were received for the 4 positions to manage the booth and 3 applications for the journalism positions. All these positions will be funded by the Chinese government through the Shanghai Organising committee. Shortlisting will take place this week and interviews should commence in two weeks.

Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Association (SITIA) has new Logo and Motto

The Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Association (SITIA) has a new logo and motto (see below).

These were selected from the numerous entrants in the recent competition launched by the association.

The winner of the logo competition is Mr Kennedy Bubulu, a well known local artist who has numerous artistic work in several organisations including the ANZ bank, Henderson International airport and BSP. On the other hand the winner of the motto competition is Mr Layson Leve, a student at the USP Honiara campus. The winners collect $1000 cash prize each. The new look motto and logo will boost the image of the association in promoting itself as the voice of the industry.

National Shanghai committee get special Fares offer from Air Pacific

The national Shanghai committee has been offered special fares by Air Pacific for next year's expo in Shanghai, China. The special return airfare to Shanghai is approximately SBD$7,000 commencing from 1 January 2010. Other participating countries at the World expo have taken up the offer. The Solomon Islands committee is yet to make an official announcement of their acceptance of the special air fares.

Solomon Islands Country Theme Statement for Shanghai 2010

Shanghai World Tourism expo 2010 has "Better City, Better Life" as its Theme statement. As such all participating countries are required to come up with their own Theme statements that is relevant to the main theme.

Solomon Islands have come up with their Theme Statement as "Culture and Nature in harmony for a better life".

The statement was created by Mr. Dennis Marita, a staff member of the Culture Division of the Ministry of Tourism. According to the committee, the statement reflects the importance of culture, tradition and values in our society, blending it with our natural environment to offer a best chance for a better life and future for our people.

Local Tourism students at SICHE experience Events management first hand

Local students studying Events Management at the SICHE School of Tourism and Hospitality got first class experience in their field of study when they built and set up the cat walk for the Sports queens last week. The students who are being lectured by Joyce Maetoloa, Solomon Host CEO had the experience with the help of their lecturer. According to the students, it was great fun and also a great learning experience especially on how to set a catwalk and also how to decorate it. The students got free entrance to watch the catwalk which featured sports wear, contemporary and evening wear.

"It was simply fantastic" according to one student. The students are planning field trips and other small events for the rest of the year.

Zome moves to improve service standards

Staff of Zome Accommodation and Taxi service will be undertaking training in Customer Service, House-keeping and Tour Guiding in a fortnights time. The initiative has been taken by owner Paza Mamu and his wife with the view of improving the level of service being provided by their employees. Mr. Mamu owns an accommodation, taxi base and hire car businesses. Solomon Host will be coordinating the training.

Shanghai World Tourism Expo looking for a Retailer

The Shanghai World Tourism Expo committee is looking for a Retailer to sell local products including handicrafts in the Pacific Pavilion next year. Interested retailers are required to contact the General Manager of SIVB Mr Michael Tokuru on (677) 22442 or email or contact the Pacific Pavilion Director Mrs Bernadette Rounds Ganilau on email or phone (679) 330 4177, fax (679) 330 1995.

Miss Solomons preparing for Miss South Pacific Beauty Pageant

Miss Solomon Islands 2009 Millicent Barty is preparing for the Miss South Pacific Beauty Pageant to be staged in Suva, Fiji in November 1 2009. Fundraising activities are being planned with her chaperons and Fundraising manager Mr James Wong. She will also continue to work in partnership with Miss Charity Susie Lam to conduct charity work. Plans are also underway for Miss Solomons to do some promotional work with the Shanghai committee in preparation for Shanghai World Tourism Expo in 2010.

Sports Queens helped raise funds for Taiwan Typhoon victims

Five of the 7 Sports queens helped the Chinese Association raised much needed funds for the Taiwan typhoon victims on Saturday night at a fundraising drive organised by Sir. Tommy Chan and the Chinese community. Patron of the committee Sir Peter Kenilorea was also present with the Governor General and Prime Minister. There was entertainment by Chung Wah School pupils. The Sports queens Millicent Barty (Miss Solomons 2009), Rabobo Toma, Lyndah Tito, Susie Lam and Sueling Niua helped to amuse the crowd with their traditional wear, sarong, coconut and talent shows. Sir Chan thanked the girls for their assistance and advised that another fundraising drive will take place again this weekend at the same venue.

Source: Solomon Host

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