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Why Solomon Islands Tourism CEO Jo Tuamoto is very optimistic

Why Solomon Islands Tourism CEO Jo Tuamoto is very optimistic

Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said if this strong trend continued for the remaining six months of the year, and forward bookings to the destination already indicate they will, the destination was well on track to cracking the record-breaking 25,709 total achieved in 2017.

Following on from a strong May 2018 result which saw an 8.21 per cent upswing in international visitation, the Solomon Islands has rounded off Q2 in style with June 2018 visitor arrivals growing by 8.0 per cent over the same period last year.

Figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) show May-June figures taking the Solomon Islands visitor intake for the January-June period to 13, 317, a 17 per cent increase over the 11,306 figure recorded in 2017.

Australian visitation for the six-month period climbed to 4664 representing 35 per cent of the total and buoyed by a 2.48 per cent increase across June for the month.

The biggest increases across June again came from Papua New Guinea (up 40.5 per cent), New Zealand (17.8 per cent) and the US (up 16.1 per cent).

CEO Tuamoto said the strong Q2 result was indicative of some very hard work by his team in the latter stages of 2017.

“From a promotional perspective we have been relatively quiet in the first half of 2018,” he said.

“But we are confident the inroads we continue to make in our key markets in combination with profile achieved as a result of our new ‘Solomon Is.’ rebranding and related new strategic direction will have a marked effect on our visitation across Q3 and Q4.