Solomon Islands hoteliers form association


Solomon Islands hotel owners have decided to form a formal representative body for their businesses. <!--more-->The initiative is reported to have been the result of encouragement from the board of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) for such a body to be formed.

SIVB chairman, Moses Tepai and CEO, Josefa Tuamoto have long underscored the important role a strong and united hotel association can play in helping to shape the country’s tourism future. There are similar organisations in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu and these have all proved successful in coordinating efforts to build the tourism industry in their respective countries.

The association will work closely with the national tourist office and Solomon Airlines and will enable the shaping up of a industry lobby that can take key agendas directly to the government and other stakeholders.

The association has appointed Heritage Park Hotel Honiara general manager and SIVB board member, Sanjay Bhargava as interim chair. Mr. Bhargava’s pro tem committee includes representatives from the King Solomon Hotel, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel and the Pacific Casino Hotel.

The committee’s first job is to configure the new association’s constitution and fundamental focus, membership policy and structure and initiate a membership recruitment drive. The creation of an industry crisis management team and the establishment of a master database comprising local, regional and global information are also high on the agenda.

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