The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal has been attributed as the key factor in the Solomon Islands, for welcoming a record-breaking number of visitors this year. In August, a total of 2,589 visitors were recorded, presenting an increase of almost 35%, compared to 2016 (1,916).
Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the 75th anniversary was undoubtedly a key factor for the result. “Given the huge amount of effort which went into promoting the event worldwide, we were confident to see a rising number of international visitors,” commented Mr. Tuamoto. “We are very happy about the positive result, indeed. Our amazing WWII history, our well-preserved battlefields, along with our war museums, shipwrecks and aircrafts buried in the sea continue to be a major attraction, and have also made the Solomon Islands a mecca for the international dive market. Our local communities, the Solomon Islanders, have played a vital role in the Guadalcanal campaign. We are incredibly proud about the fact that it was in our country where the fight for freedom took place, and ultimately won for the South Pacific region.”
A total of 1,125 US passport holders, a 5.63% increase over the 1,065 recorded last year, visited the Solomon Islands during the month of August. Most visitors being US military personnel involved in the commemorative events, as well as families of US veterans, who fought in the Guadalcanal campaign. With the record number of visitors in August, destination Solomon Islands is well on track for a very successful year 2017.
About Solomon Islands
Tucked away in the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands are a little known, unspoiled paradise. The Solomon Islands are an archipelago of almost 1,000 islands, located between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu – a three hour journey from Australia. These islands are laid-back, welcoming and often surprisingly untouched. From WWII relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is flourishing – there’s so much on offer. Then there’s the visual appeal, with scenery reminiscent of a Discovery Channel documentary: volcanic islands, croc-infested mangroves, huge lagoons, tropical islets and emerald forests.
About Solomon Airlines
Headquartered at Henderson International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Airlines is the national airline of the Solomon Islands. The airline currently operates services from Honiara to Brisbane, Sydney, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tarawana, as well as an extensive domestic network around the Solomon Islands. Solomon Airlines operates a mix of different aircraft, including the newly upgraded A320 on international routes, Dash 8, Twin Otter, and Islander aircraft on domestic routes. Interline and codeshare agreements with Qantas, Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, and Air New Zealand are in place. From North America, most travelers fly via Los Angeles, and either Brisbane or Nadi
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