The Solomon Islands skilled rising worldwide customer arrivals in 2016, pushed by a pointy improve in curiosity from Asia.
According to information launched this week by the Solomon Islands’ National Statistics Office, the Pacific island nation welcomed a complete of 23,192 worldwide guests final 12 months, up 7.three% in comparison with 2015.
Australia stays the nation’s largest supply market, with 9,539 arrivals accounting for 41.1% of the annual complete. This was nearly flat (+zero.three%) in comparison with 2015 nevertheless, and the expansion was primarily attributable to a major 26.7% soar in arrivals from Asia – an element the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau’s (SIVB) CEO, Jo Tuamoto, attributed to his organisation’s advertising and marketing efforts within the area.
“We know we’ve attracted very robust consideration from a dive-crazy Asian viewers which has turn out to be very conscious of the very good high quality of each our coral and World War Two wreck diving,” Tuamoto mentioned. “But can be very pleasing to see us proceed to make features in our 4 greatest supply markets – Australia, New Zealand, the US and Papua New Guinea – which proceed to carry out properly.
“Key to every little thing we do is to proceed to broaden the Solomon Islands’ abroad attraction to draw a extra various vary of tourists,” he added.
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