19 Jan 2015

Cruise ships a ray of light for Solomon Islands

11:53 am on 19 January 2015

Solomon Islands is expecting a boost in tourism with an 60% increase in cruise ship traffic this year.

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is linking a five year low in visitor arrivals last year to negative international publicity around the country's major flood disaster in April..

But the Bureau's Chief Executive Josefa Tuamotu says the forecast for 2015 is already looking brighter with 24 cruise ships lined up and the new government stating its intentions to vamp up tourism development in the country.

"Since I started last year, we've, I've seen the government really prioritising it and the new Prime Minister who has just come in saying that tourism will be a key thing, now the next step, is to see the type of resources that will be allocated to support that priority expectation and I am quite positive that the new government will do that."

Mr Tuamotu says his office will continue to support cruise operators especially those running expedition cruising which he says allows tourists to see more of what Solomon Islands has to offer.