Tourism Solomons Update 25 April 2019
Tourism Solomons advises full normal services have resumed in Honiara and it is very much a case of business as usual for the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands capital city and tourists after the civil unrest taking place there yesterday.
Speaking from the national tourist office’s head office in the centre of Honiara, CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the main demonstrations had in fact taken place well away from the city’s main tourism corridors.
“Hotel and resort guests beyond being asked to stay on property during the demonstrations have not been affected at any time,” he said.
“Basically, it’s very much business as usual and it appears that everything has gone back to normal in and around Honiara.”
Mr Tuamoto echoed comments made by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) praising the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for its work in managing the civil unrest.
“The approach taken by the RSIPF yesterday was for physical presence rather than aggression,” the SICCI statement read.
“Their work yesterday was one of utmost professionalism and endurance.“
Solomon Airlines advised the civil unrest did cause some delays for its domestic services with some passengers being held up while trying to reach Henderson Airfield.
An airline spokesperson advised the cancellation of its Friday Brisbane – Honiara service is in fact due to an unscheduled maintenance check and has nothing to do with the civil unrest.
Further information will be advised as it comes to hand.
Queries may be directed to Tourism Solomons, telephone + 677 22442.