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Sustainable tourism expands

Ahead of reopening on July 1, the Solomon Islands is the latest Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) member to sign the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Statement of Commitment.

“As our country advances its reopening plans, this is a significant step for us and it signifies our commitment to our shared vision for a better future for our people and planet through sustainable tourism” noted Bartholomew Parapolo, Minister for Tourism and Culture.

It joins seven other SPTO member countries in making sustainable tourism a regional priority for environmental, sociocultural, and economic development, and aims to forge responsible recovery.

SPTO CEO, Christopher Cocker said there were many strong benefits to be gained from committing to sustainable tourism.

Ahead of reopening on July 1, the Solomon Islands is the latest Pacific Tourism Organization member to sign the Pacific Sustainable Tourism Statement of Commitment. Picture: Tourism Solomons.

“Sustainable tourism considers the economic, cultural, and environmental impacts tourism activities have on present and future generations.
Through the Statement of Commitment, we have an opportunity to secure high-level support for making our industry more resilient, prosperous, and inclusive.”

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The Solomon Islands is also preparing to be a major sports tourism destination as host of the 2023 Pacific Games, with a “sports city”
underway in east Honiara. Nine of its facilities are being financed by the Chinese Government, including a recently completed track and field.

Hosted from 19 November 2023, the two-week event will be the first Pacific Games held in the Solomon Islands, with participants from 24 countries including Australia and New Zealand.

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