Solomon Islands records best-ever visitor arrival Q1 result
A watershed moment for the Solomon Islands tourism industry with collective visitor arrivals for Q1 2018 up 29 per cent over the same period in 2017.
Figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) this week show international visitation for the increased from 4881 to 6296 with January, February and March all showing positive growth – respectively, plus 33 per cent, plus 13.5 per cent and plus 36.3 per cent.
Australian visitor arrivals continued to dominate, the 2195 figure recorded for Q1 a 17.6 per cent increase over the 1867 result achieved in 2017 and representing 34.8 per cent of all international visitation.
A strong New Zealand result saw arrivals increase from 301 to 356, an 18.3 per cent increase, in the process firmly cementing the country in place as the second largest source of visitation. Papua New Guinea and the US maintained their third and fourth positions, increasing 39.3 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively.
Congratulating his team and industry colleagues for their efforts in helping to achieve the result, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo Tuamoto said the positive news could not have come at a better time following recent tragic events which have shaken the destination’s tourism sector.