Transcript SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT - United Nations Office for
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN SOLOMON ISLANDS Challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism development By Bunyan Sivoro Director of Tourism Ministry of Culture & Tourism Outline Introduction Profile of Solomon Islands Tourism sector performance Challenges Opportunities Conclusion Location map Location Profile of SI Third largest archipelago in the South Pacific Consist of 992 Islands of which, 6 are the major ones Divided into 9 provinces Politically Independent – Parliamentary Democratic Government. Prime Minister – Head of Government and Queen as head of State represented by the Governor General Profile of SI Population About 600 thousand people Melanesian, Polynesian & Micronesian Major economic sectors Forestry/logging, Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining Contribute more than 80% of total GDP Tourism is next economic alternative sector It provides the greatest opportunity for sustainable development unlike these extractive industries and the government has realised this fact. Tourism sector performance Tourist arrivals in the Pacific 800,000 700,000 600,000 500,000 400,000 2010 300,000 2011 2012 200,000 100,000 0 Getting to the Solomon Islands/Air accessibility The Solomon Islands is served by five airlines: Solomon Airlines (the national airline) serves the following international destinations: o Brisbane (Australia) four times a week; o Nadi (Fiji) four times a week; o Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) once a week; o Port Vila (Vanuatu) once a week. Virgin Australia flies twice weekly from Brisbane. Fiji Airways serves Nadi and Port Vila via Honiara once weekly. Air Niugini operates three weekly flights from Port Moresby. Economic significance of tourism Estimate to have generated 501 million SBD in 2013 Around 5.3% of total GDP Around 4.5 % total employment Major source market Australia New Zealand USA Europe Key Challenges Tourism Vs Extractive industries (eg. Logging and mining) Lake Tengano World Heritage site under threat of being deregistered due to logging activities. Mining prospecting on the Guadalcanal Trek – which is believed to have rich bio-diversity including some endemic flora and fauna species with more yet to be discovered. Exacerbated by the fact that more than 80% of the land in SI is customary owned. Land/resource owners are lured by the short term benefits (quick $$$) provided by the logging & mining companies. Opportunities A high untapped potential for growth. Not fully exploiting the potential provided by its natural, cultural and historical assets and attractions. Our key sustainable point of difference lies in the country’s island geography, pristine environment and diverse traditional culture including the friendly people. Increased support and recognition from the national government. Learning from others experience 10 YFP Sustainable Tourism Program Conclusion Involvement of local people in the entire development process vital for achieving sustainable tourism development as they are the owners of most of the tourism resources. Thank you !!!