Strong public response to SIBC ‘Future of Tourism’ broadcastcatalyst for repeat performance

Second SIBC live broadcast scheduled for Sunday, 14 March 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Honiara, Solomon Islands – A panel comprising senior  government, tourism and aviation representatives will again take to the airwaves this coming Sunday to further discuss plans now in place to revive the nation’s struggling tourism fortunes and reset the sector in place  as one of the Solomon Islands’ key economic drivers.

The panel will again feature the following speakers:

• Moses Virivolomo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Aviation

• Andrew Nihopara, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

• Nego Sisiolo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Service

• Bunyan Sivoro, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

• Colin Sigimanu, Commercial Manager, Solomon Airlines

• Fiona Teama, Head of Sales and Marketing, Tourism Solomons

An estimated 3,500 listeners tuned in to last weekend’s Sunday’s broadcast with many members of the public submitting questions to the panel via text and email.

Confirming next Sunday’s broadcast, Ms Teama said the second session was aimed at shedding more light on what is being done,  together with government support, to revive the country’s hard-hit tourism sector and help it  stay afloat through domestic initiatives until such a time when international borders reopen.

“The panel’s discussion will also touch on how, as a collective, we can actively return our tourism sector to where it stood in 2019 before the COVID-19 outbreak when our international visitation was fast approaching the 30,000 mark annually,” she said.

Listeners can participate in the discussion by texting their questions or comments to 760 0000.