Datum: 06.05.2006


Tourism Situation Solomon Islands
Michael Tokuru, General Manager, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau issued the following statement on the situation in the Solomon Islands. The situation in Honiara has returned to normal since the arrival of a contingent of Australian soldiers and police personnel under RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands).
Public transport has been operating normally. Schools have resumed classes. Everyone has resumed work as normal. Public offices and businesses including commercial banks have reopened for business. International flights are unaffected and are operating normally, as confirmed by the Solomon Airlines Chief Executive Officer. A night curfew is still in place in Honiara from 6.00 P.M to 6.00 A.M with a positive response by locals and visitors. We are sad to announce that more than 300 jobs in the tourism industry and 150 beds were lost as a result of the destruction of the Pacific Casino Hotel. However tourism in all other parts of the country, especially in the hub of tourism activity, the Western Province, is unaffected. It is still too early to assess the extent of the impact of the two-day crisis in Honiara in relation to the tourism industry in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau will provide an update as soon as further information comes to hand. I would personally like to reassure International visitors who may have booked holidays to Solomon Islands that Honiara is once again safe and that no other part of the Solomon Islands has been affected. For further information please contact Michael Tokuru on Tel: 677 23847 or Karen on Tel: 677 22442. (Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau 24/04/2006)

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