Solomon Islands Minister for Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo, hosted a delegation from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) last week, led by CEO Dr Mario Hardy on his first official visit to the Sollies.
Accompanied by PATA regional director – Pacific Chris Flynn, Dr Hardy’s three day visit included meetings with Permanent Secretary Andrew Nihopara, director of tourism Barney Savoro and senior Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) officials – and has resulted in a commitment from PATA to increase its activity in the Solomon Islands, including implementing training programs to augment local tourism initiatives that are already in process.
“Having Dr Hardy here gave us a major opportunity to hear some expert opinion which has the capacity to further enhance the direction our current international marketing activity is taking,” said SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto.
“We are extremely happy to be working closely with PATA.
“Not only does this visit bode well for the Solomon Islands, PATA’s plans to increase its activity in the region benefits the entire South Pacific.”
IMAGE: L-R – SIVB chairman, Wilson Ne’e, PATA CEO, Dr Mario Hardy; Ministry of Culture & Tourism Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara; PATA Regional Director – Pacific, Chris Flynn; Director of Tourism, Barney Savoro and SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto