Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa Jo Tuamoto has appl

first_imgTourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has applauded the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s (MCT) move to introduce a Minimum Standards and Classification for Tourism Accommodation program.Describing the move as “a major step in the right direction” for the destination’s tourism industry, CEO Tuamoto said the release of the program was timely in view of the efforts the Solomon Islands has gone to in recent times to increase its profile on the international tourism stage.“This long-awaited but carefully laid out program will act as a catalyst for the local tourism accommodation sector to take a holistic approach to service excellence,” he said.The main thrust behind the program is to implement what is seen as an essential improvement of standards in the tourism accommodation sector. The Minimum Standards are a set of measurable criteria that outline items and services that must be in place for a tourism accommodation to operate according to internationally recognised standards. Accommodation providers will be classified into one of eight categories. Currently there are 160 accommodation providers operating in the Solomon Islands but only about 10 per cent of these can currently be sold by international wholesalers offering Solomon Islands travel packages.MCT Director of Tourism, Bunyan Sivoro said while increased tourism was in the national interest, the main benefactors would eventually be the tourism operators themselves.“We in the tourism department look forward to this exciting new chapter in the development of our tourisms sector,” he said.IMAGE: L-R: Minister for Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo, Deputy Director of Tourism, Ms Savita Nandan, and Australian Volunteer International’s Bjorn Svensson. classificationsSolomon Islands Tourism. accommodationstandardslast_img read more