Tahiti Promises Tourism Aid to Solomon Islands
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French Polynesia is promising to aid the Solomon Islands in the development of its tourism industry.
The Solomon Times is reporting that following the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders and the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s Pacific Ocean Summit, a meeting took place to discuss the French Polynesia’s support.
“President Fritch said French Polynesia is willing to share its tourism expertise and experiences with Solomon Islands to help improve its tourism industry and on that note offered to host the Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism in Tahiti on a look and learn trip and also send its tourism experts
to Solomon Islands,” reports the Solomon Times.
“I welcome your offer of help in terms of tourism and I’m also willing to talk about Pacific regional cooperation in the areas proposed. I have no problem with that. As a matter of fact the strength of our Pacific Island nations lie in working together and speaking with one voice on issues of our collective interest and concern,” said prime minister Sogavare.
The prime minister also noted that the Solomon Islands has been looking into codeshare arrangements with some Asian airlines and also expressed admiration for the efforts of the Micronesian states to protect fisheries from over-harvesting.
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Sogavare said these initiatives pose a great challenge to Melanesian countries to work together to conserve their vast landmasses and reefs that are in peril from logging, pollution and unsafe fishing practices.
For more on the joint efforts of French Polynesia and the Solomon Islands, go here.
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