SIVB ‘Hapi Isles Specialist’ agents numbers crack 200 mark
The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau’s ‘Hapi Isles Specialists’ agents’ online training program has signed up more than 200 consultants on both sides of the Tasman within five weeks of its launch.
SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the result underlined the steadily growing interest the industry is taking in the destination and mirrored the Solomon Islands’ steadily growing international visitation which has continued to increase year on year by some 7 per cent for the past four years.
A total of 125 Australian and 85 New Zealand agents have signed up for the program which was launched in mid-September.
The focus of the program is intended to equip key front like sales staff with product knowledge via a series of online modules designed to help them learn about the Solomon Islands and the destination’s vast array of niche product.
To date the newly-recruited ‘Hapi Isles Specialists’ have completed over 700 of these modules which include information on the Solomon Islands’ unique culture, reef and wreck diving, WWII history, sport fishing, weddings/romantic travel, surfing and bird watching.