5 Mar 2012

Accommodation shortage possible for arts festival in Solomon Islands

6:34 am on 5 March 2012

The director of this year's Festival of Pacific Arts says accommodating all of the participants in Solomon Islands may be a problem.

Robert Au says 3,000 participants from 22 countries are expected at the festival, which is the 11th since the event's inception in 1972.

Despite suggestions that organisers are scrambling to have everything ready in time Mr Au says the festival village in the capital, Honiara, is shaping up well.

But he says there's a shortage of accommodation.

"We have only more than about a thousand rooms that is available within the country and all the major hotels here are fully booked. We have engaged three of those big hotels."

Robert Au says he expects an influx of Solomon Islanders from other provinces to swell Honiara's population by 50 to 100,000.